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A Woman Like Me

If there is one conclusion that can be drawn from the thoughts and lyrics of Lindsey Webster, it is that she opens her heart and bares her soul.

Fans have long come to recognize smooth jazz’s most celebrated female vocalist as a veritable open book, where each song is deep in truth and raw emotion, where each album tells multiple personal stories and narratives.  Webster’s latest release, A Woman Like Me on the Shanachie label, is the latest collection and a continuation of her personal and musical evolution. 

The two time Billboard Jazz Artist Of The Year instantly connects with listeners on this project through a myriad of themes with her distinct vocal talent, that is sultry, smoky and dreamy one moment, then unwavering and powerful the next. Though recently divorced from her long time musical collaborator, co-writer and partner Keith Slattery, the two are perfectly harmonious and complementary on the album.  A Woman Like Me, Webster’s 5th album, was launched in early 2020 with the stylish, jazz pop offering 'Feels Like Forever', that instantly drew parallels to a Bacharach feel with a flowing carefree melody and addictive vocal overlap and piano sophistication.  'Close To You' is bluesy and snappy with an elegant piano solo and accented with a guitar serenade that comprises nearly the entire final minute of the song.

Webster’s song writing mantra has always been a simplistic one. She says, ‘If a song doesn’t make me smile, think, or cry, I don’t’ really care to hear it. I want to   keep people in touch with the music, emotionally’.  Admittedly, that has always been my theory in deciding what type of music deserves my time and my attention span, which can be limited at best.  Webster unleashes her thoughts on relationship failure with 'Running Around', a cathartic reflection with tinges of bitterness. In turning her emotions on a dime, 'The Unknown' takes an optimistic look into heading into uncharted waters after personal upheaval. 'One Step Forward' is mid-tempo smoothness and inspirational in leading the charge on a new path through life’s unexpected valleys.

While working with many of their long time collaborative partners on the album, Webster and Slattery are joined by special guests, bassist Nathan East (Fourplay, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder), drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa), and also percussionist, Luis Conte (Carlos Santana, James Taylor, Pat Metheny). Collectively, they combine for an intricately arranged and tightly produced sound that is of the utmost enjoyment and ambience.

Webster offers a philosophical take on how her music and life are inextricably interwoven. She says, ‘I’ve been through a lot of changes in my personal life. I joke and say that I had to finally become an adult when I turned 30”.  Simply translated, A Woman Like Me is just another chapter in the soundtrack to her life that fans will love being a part of.

Reviewed By

Stu Berketo

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