Cleveland P. Jones, as he found his voice independent of the über-talented Sirour. With Ace of Hearts, listeners will get to hear an unabashed Jones and only Jones as the Berklee grad here serves as writer/producer/arranger and star of his own raw solo debut LP. But, can Jones do it all well? Better yet, after setting such a high bar with Sirour, can he make us believe he can do it all too?
As artists from Al Green to The Gap Band have illustrated, the artistic road to finding one’s own distinctive sound can be a long and varied one. With Sirour’s productions, the South Carolina born and Boston-trained male singer with the androgynous voice found his ample instrument set in a lush bed of atmospheric jazzy soul thick with city lights’ ambience and indigo moods. That the covers of Little Dragon and Nat King Cole, respectively, in “Twice” and “Nature Boy,” and the original single, “Sensitive,” all had such an indelible and distinctive personalities all their own but still were so undeniably Cleveland P. Jones, they might have given listeners the impression that Jones had already found his sound and there was more from that specific ladle to come
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