“A flame that hasn’t been altered”
Seventeen years and seven albums later, at age 35, (Shemekia Copeland) still shows the same commitment to a material she doesn’t write, but that she knows how to chose with discernment. For the past few years she has been relying on the very descriptive stories written for her by producers John Hahn and Oliver Wood. These compositions are the best part of the album, along with the inevitable –and waited for– cover of one of her father’s songs, Devil’s Hand here. Grouped in the first part of the album, these pieces, tinted with a contemporary blues twist, sometimes tending towards a groovy rock or reaching out to Southern soul or country music, show a flame that hasn’t been altered.
By Jacques Périn in Jazz Magazine (France).