UPDATE - Dee recently ventured into the country genre. Our review of her new track, a gritty country song called 'Love & Loss', is featured at the end of this article.
Music has always been Dee Jazzaz's passion. Even after falling into the nine to five grind of a workaday life the siren's call of music wouldn't leave her alone. What is a woman to do? Give in to the call, of course. And that call has allowed us all to enjoy the husky vocals and precise song-craft of Dee Jazzaz.
Her feature track 'So Lonely' evokes old jazz styles influenced by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Amy Winehouse and Barbra Streisand. Dee's refined vocals sit just right with the warm instrumentation of So Lonely.
She entices listeners with an emotive delivery of lyrics featuring introspective thoughts and feelings of longing. Her phrasing and vocal range are cleverly kept on a leash for the most part of the song. She selectively chooses which moments to highlight with an extra touch of force. And, finally, at the end of the song she brings her vocal presence up a shade for a strong outro.
The lyrics took Dee over 20 years to write. Why? The song was inspired by the loss of her mother when she was 16. Dee says, “I wanted to respect and honour her the way she deserved.” The challenge was finding just the right way to express her thoughts, not too generic nor too specific. Dee values her audience and wanted to deliver something they could relate to.
So Lonely features some global talent. Dee, based in Invercargill, New Zealand, composed the majority of the track. The smokey saxaphone was courtesy of Tim Dobson in Cambridge, UK. The song was mixed and mastered by Viktor Sandifor in Hungrary. This talented crew are working on Dee Jazzaz's upcoming EP encompassing a cross of Jazz styles. And Dee is already working on a follow up album.
As for gigs, Dee chuckles and reminisces about being rushed and hugged by fans at a gig last year. And she candidly shares that once she performed the Nation Anthem whilst suffering from a medical condition that affected her vocals. As she puts it, “I sounded like a dead cat”, and highlights a valuable point – performers need to look after themselves.
Dee performs a mix of covers and originals live with band. She'll be hitting the road next year, and is working towards playing Wellington's Jazz Festival 2019. Dee is also a vocal coach offering personalised tuition in Invercagill and Winton.
Love and Loss is a strong country track hazy with shades of rock. It deals with the theme of, well, love and loss. One would think that the carefully written lyrics delivered with powerful expression hint that the words come from real life experience. Dee withholds nothing in pushing her voice both in power and range for this track. Her vocals are supported by a solo violin that plays emotive lines creating the illusion that it is lamenting alongside her. Crashing chord hits in the chorus evoke one soul crushing blow after another. Throughout the song distorted guitars create a messy ambience throwing the listener into the same chaos that Dee is expressing. The sheer repetition of the chorus delivers something that we're all familiar with, a memory that plays over and over and over. In this case it's an angst filled one. Love and loss is a track that you don't just hear, you feel it too.
To hear Dee Jazzaz's dynamic vocal stylings that range from passionate jazz to gritty country visit her website. Also, follow her links for her Facebook and Twitter. She loves connecting with her fans. And, remember to support your indie artists!
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