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Listen Love

by Tessa Souter

Daughter of an English mother and Trinidadian father, Tessa sings jazz with the soul and passion of Flamenco and world music.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. The Peacocks
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2. Willow
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3. Caravan
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4. Listen Love
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5. Fragile
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6. You Don't Have To Believe
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7. Daydream
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8. Insensatez
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9. Left Alone
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10. The Creator Has A Master Plan
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Check out Tessa's itinerary at:

With Freddie Bryant (guitar), Essiet Essiet (bass), Chembo Corniel (percussion) and guest Mark Berman (piano).

Tessa also has a new book out:
Random House-Vermilion).
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"Extraordinary authenticity. Musical sophistication. A must-see for lovers of world class jazz vocalizing." Los Angeles Times

Born in London of Trinidadian and English parents, New York-based vocalist, composer, and lyricist Tessa Souter (soo-ter) infuses jazz with the soul and passion of flamenco, Indian and Middle Eastern music. There's no one doing what Tessa does," enthused Village Voice and New York Sun critic Will Friedwald. "One of the most imaginatively programmed vocal sets of recent memory." said the Los Angeles Times, in a rave review of her California debut at the Catalina Bar and Grill in 2002. And it's not just the critics who admire her. Soul jazz singer Jon Lucien said of Listen Love. "Magnificent! I couldn't stop playing it over and over. She blew me away!"

Taught to sing at the age of three by her mother, Tessa took up the guitar at 12. She was encouraged in her early teens to pursue a singing career, but took a detour - early motherhood, university and journalism. In 1992, she moved to San Francisco, where she wrote for the British press, including Vogue, Elle, The Guardian and The Times, and became one of the original six members of The Writer's Grotto, along with Po Bronson (who cites her in his best seller What Should I Do With My Life), Ethan Canin, Ethan Watters, Josh Kornbluth and David Munro. After moving to New York in 1996, she started sitting in at jazz jams, before winning a scholarship to study at New York's Manhattan School of Music in 1998. She left to study privately with jazz vocal legend Mark Murphy.

Since her professional debut in 1999 Tessa has performed with some of the world's jazz greats, including Mark Murphy, Joe La Barbera, Marvin Sewell, Larry Koonse, Latin Grammy nominee Bobby Sanabria and jazz tuba legend Howard Johnson. WNPK Radio FM says: "It's hard to believe she only recently became a vocalist, because she sings with the authority and passion that usually comes from long experience." To quote Los Angeles-based guitarist Larry Koonse, "Tessa Souter has all the qualities I value most in a musician: great time, beautiful phrasing, gorgeous sound, a respect for silence, an emotional connection to the moment, and a wonderful ability to tell a story. She is the 'real thing' in every way." www.tessasouter.com www.sonicbids.com/tessasouter

What People Are Saying About Tessa's Music:

"Talented English jazz singer who runs her set through various kinds of territory."

"British-Caribbean jazz vocalist Tessa Souter brings new life to time-honored standards, while also mining a creative spark from the unlikeliest quarters.'"

"On her amazing album Listen Love, she delivers powerful versions of nonstandards such as Pat Martino's "Willow" and Pharoah Sanders' complex "The Creator Has a Master Plan," in addition to her originals, all delivered in a crystal-clear voice with diamond-cut phrasing and a slight tinge of melancholy. She's a gem."

"Unlike many jazz singers, who either emulate the brassy blasts of a trumpet or the gymnastic lines of a saxophone, Souter uses the sustained waves of a violinist. Her voice is sinuous and elastic, stretching and caressing a melody with an actress' sense of the emotional meaning of each lyric."

"You'll burn a finger holding a torch to her."

"Her rendition of Pharoah Sanders's 'The Creator Has a Master Plan' proves that it's possible to be spiritual and sensual at the same time."

"Dazzles and stuns with her vocal expertise."

"... pliable, lush-toned voice ... comfortable with musical paraphrase, harmonically adept ... Souter, whose musical sophistication gives her a significant advantage in the competitive clamor surrounding the current world of ambitious female jazz artists, also has the rare quality of authenticity."

"Listen Love marks the debut of an important new jazz singer."

"You'll be hearing more from this lady."

"... fearless, self-assured and consciously singular ... sense of daring combined with skill."

"An Afro-British-Caribbean stylist who proves that the jazz singer's repertoire is no longer limited to the Great American Song Book. Direct and soulful. Plus she's the only singer who can make sense of the 60s free-jazz flower child anthem, 'The Creator Has A Master Plan.'"

"Sensuous, womanly, wrapped in an aura of high-60s glamour that's equal parts Paris, New York and Rio."

"It is rare to find someone so musical who can sail through challenging material with such ease."

"A beautiful voice and a beautiful soul to go with it. A very very special talent ... at the top of my list of great talent. There aren't many, but Tessa Souter is a natural born singer."

"Her brilliant lyrics and songs make her stand out from the pack so very much, not to mention how she wonderfully handles other people's material. And she creates a mood and an atmosphere when she takes the stage."


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John Hammel , WNTI Radio

Ms. Souter dazzles and stuns with her vocal expertise
Tessa Souter – Listen Love – Nara Music – Ms. Souter dazzles and stuns with her vocal expertise on a potpourri of classics and a few that she adds her own lyrics to. All rendered with taste and élan. It’s a jam packed world out in jazz vocal land but Ms. Souter is able to lend an innate musicality and tastefulness to her performances that separates her from the herd. Jimmy Rowles’ The Peacocks shimmers in her voice, while Pat Martino’s Willow gains added depth with Ms. Souter’s own lyrical bent. Caravan is done with a gorgeously referenced Middle Eastern feel that sounds more right than the original. Her lyrics and interpretation to Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez is simply sublime. Pharoah Sander’s The Creator Has A Master Plan is even better as performed by Ms. Souter than Leon Thomas’s version as she makes the music and lyrics come together with added depth to the spiritual aspects of the piece. All in all Ms. Souter imbues her singing with sensitivity and profound insights without beating you over the head. An outstanding new release. Kudos to Freddie Bryant and Miles Okzaki on guitar; Essiet Essiet on bass; Mark Berman on piano; and Chembo Cormiel on percussion. They don’t over or under play anything on this disk, but just lay down all the right notes and chords with consummate and masterly musicianship!

Graham McTavish

Goes straight to your heart
I first heard this through a friend and since then it is always in my top ten on my iPod. She has the most beautiful voice and her arrangements make each song a stand out hit.


The most relaxing CD I've ever listened to.
This CD is so relaxing. If you're an Insomniac this is the one for you. Tessa's voice is smooth, beautiful and hypnotic. Each song seems to run into the next with ease. The only downside to the CD is that, although I've listened to it many times, some of the tracks are not that memorable. I would definitely buy more CD's by this Artist.


enjoyed it would like to hear her record some classics
cd is excellent

Bruce Heckman

Intelligent, tasteful CD with Tessa's wonderful voice and amplifying arrangement
The songs are selected with taste, intelligence, and to allow the demonstration of the full range of Tessa's talents. Peacocks weaves a beautiful, unusual picture that is handled with the delicacy and confidence that it needs to be whole. The arrangements bring a new slant to the mixture of standards, new standards, and original work. The accompaniment never detracts and amplifies the heartfelt music. You will listen to the CD repeatedly, finding new depth in the artful treatment of the music.

Cathy Netherwood

A fabulous voice - tender, sophisticated, passionate.
The combination of standards and original material brings out the full range of Tessa's voice, from dreamy and introspective to bold and passionate.

Claudia Daventry, freelance writer

An album to seduce somebody to? THIS is it!
The best review of this CD would be, quite simply, to play it. It speaks for itself. Pure, lyrical, soulful...an album to seduce somebody to? THIS is it!

niki ponte

this album is so beautiful and melodic! nice repetoire and smooth voice!!! a real winner!!!

Fred Fayerweather

To hear Tessa Souter sing is to love her.
Having heard Tessa Souter sing at many different venues in New York City, I already knew she was indeed special. However, her Listen Love CD took me to a higher level of respect because, above the din of a live audience, it captures the essence of her very being.


gorgeous, lyrical and soulful
Vocal precision melded with soul, passion and commitment.
Distinct musical articulation.

Lovely and restrained arrangements that distill the music to core essence which is perfectly and appropriately nuanced by Ms. Souter's gorgeous voice.
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