Angela Shella | Jazz Collection

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Jazz Collection

by Angela Shella

This is what would happen if Ella Fitzgerald was produced by Dr Dre or Erykah Badu who then sang like Shirley Ceassr when ever she got too excited. Contemporary jazz soul in it's celebration of jazzy piano and soulful voice.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Please Subscribe to My Channel
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2. New Man
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3. Good Guys
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4. Touch Me
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5. Best Thing I Never Had
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6. Jazz Collection
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Album Notes
Clearly inspired by the sounds of phyllis hyman, erykah badu, jennifer holiday, and Shirley Ceasar, the official "jazz collection" by Angela Shella is widely held to be one of the most emotional musical works ever published. On it's own plate of creativity lies "Please subscribe to my channel", a playful but yet heart wrenching plea to all those folks listening. 'Please" is the key word in this song accompanied by a steady and funky yet plain beat that lures you in. It definitely makes you want to go to Angela Shella's youtube page and subscribe. Surprisingly different but not missed, is the lack of music and instruments in this tune. The human voice is the dominant force here. No other song on the album is like this one. The others, namely best thing I never had and new man both feature emotional and bitter lyrics. Some might say even mean-spirited. The memory of I am telling you I'm not going by Jennifer holiday immediately hits you as you listen to "new man". Very bare but powerful production is used to emphasize the emotion in the human voice. You almost feel like Angela Shella is sitting in your living room singing to you. It's so authentic. Sassy. It is a seven minute rant of rage, sarcasm, and joy blended together. The song "Good Guys" is literally unlike any song ever recorded. The most clever part of the song is the never ending drum combination that loops you into a semi hypnotic spell. That is until you get snapped out of it buy the harsh Shirley Ceasar style story. A little gospel yelling but brilliantly placed to emphasize the pain of a man left homeless. Angela Shella's vocal style turns nasal and acrobatic, going back and forth between genuine rugged pain and smooth soul. The lyrics of "Good Guys" will make you question yourself and your subconscious habits of judging others. "Best Thing I Never Had" is a ballad shows off more than just vocals and brilliant classical chord combinations. It is like that feeling you get when you watch a good play or movie. You don't want to leave until after it ends because you want to see where it goes. Angela Shella's vocals display a hint of opera training accompanied by that familiar soulful emotion improvisation she does so well. The simplicity of the piano coupled with vocal complexity that includes enormous airy breaths, deep tenor melodies, jazzy falsetto and emotions that almost sound as if she is crying. The title track is an instrumental called "Jazz Collection". It sort of takes you by surprise. It is extremely radio friendly and could easily rise to the top of the jazz radio charts.



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Depending on Your Stature
Depending on your stature, you will find this a very strenuous relationship or a very easy relationship. If you love jazz chords, and acoustic piano you will love this album but only if you also love rich soulful vocals with a twang. It works. I look forward to seeing great things from this album. "Good Guys" and "New Man" are must buys. So you should go ahead and buy the entire album.

Americah Lopez

Discovering Angela Shella
After I discovered Angela Shella I wanted to see what else she has done. This, Jazz Collection, is by far the best. If you enjoy piano and jazz vocals, you will like this EP. If you like smooth jazz, you will especially enjoy the title track, "jazz collection". If you Like soul/R&B you will appreciate the jazzy phyllis hyman, anita baker style of "Touch Me". If you are into something that you may not have ever experienced, you will fall head over heels in love with "Good Guys." "Good Guys" by far is one of the most unique songs that I have ever heard. It's a combination of speaking and seeking, like those old country gospel or blues story tellers but much more refined and on purpose.