And that’s why I am proud to be able to go from Jazz to R&B to Pop, etc.” BACK 2 LOVE The opener is followed by the distinctive R&B groove of “Keep It Movin'” produced by Mint Condition’s lead vocalist/producer/songwriter Stokley, who also contributes a guest vocal on the track. Likewise, such tracks as “Last Chance For Love,” “Go Away Little Boy,” and “Smilin'” all have the hallmarks of Maysa’s classic style-rich vocal sound, deeply felt, evocative phrasing, lyrics relating to affairs of the heart, and a song structure that embodies the essence of R&B but adds a Jazz sensibility.It is unlike anything Maysa has done previously and the chemistry between her and Stokley is magical. ” I love his writing, his voice and performing style. “Go Away Little Boy” is inspired by Marlena Shaw’s classic hit of the same name.
As a professional singer I should be able to sing anything and my records are just me trying to love everyone. I’m very honored to have worked with Maysa.” The song “Heavenly Voices” is a masterpiece of jazzy Soul, quintessential Maysa, a spiritually-oriented song.There are very few singers on the contemporary scene who have a unique, instantly identifiable vocal sound; there are even fewer who have the stylistic range to encompass both Jazz and R&B in their performances.Grammy-nominated Soul/Jazz diva Maysa, who celebrates her 20 year as a solo recording artist this year, marks that achievement with her new album BACK 2 LOVE, a tour-de-force that validates her status as the greatest Soul-Jazz singer of her generation-the latest in a distinguished line of singers that stretches back through Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, Will Downing, Angela Bofill, Marlena Shaw and more recently, Ledisi, Chrisette Michele and Lalah Hathaway. Hutson (Jill Scott, Earth, Wind & Fire), Lorenzo Johnson (Ledisi), Stokley Williams (Mint Condition, Kelly Price, Wale’), and Chris “Big Dog” Davis (Kim Burrell, George Clinton), the album coheres around Maysa’s peerless vocalizing highlighted by her amazingly rich, evocative vocal tone. Admittedly, it took me some time to fully appreciate Russell Westbrook’s game. When Westbrook is off, he looks like every college receiver or cornerback who finds himself in a pick up game with guys actually on the basketball team. It’s like he’s playing a completely different sport.That’s what they would have done if they were in that position. The decisions we’d make about something like this and the things we’d do are not the decisions she’d make and the things she’d do. Being upset with her for not being more considerate and magnanimous is like being mad at a Tiger for eating a cute little gazelle kitten or whatever the fuck else rude shit tigers do.