Soulblazz / Natalia M. King
Label: Jazz Village
Raised in Brooklyn, Natalia M. King began her musical career in Los Angeles in 1993 with the Mojo Monks, a hard-edged blues-rock trio. After tiring of the LA scene, King sold everything she possessed, bought herself an acoustic guitar and a one way plane-ticket to France. She never looked back. After being 'discovered' thanks to a documentary made by French television group Canal+, King's success was assured and she cut two albums for Universal in the early 2000s. After hiatus from the studio, King returns in style with Soulblazz, an album of twelve blazing new tracks, most of which are originals. Her songs blend the spirituality of soul, the intensity of the blues and the aestheticism of jazz and the energy of her rock roots. So don't be surprised should your ears echo the spirits of Nina Simone, Thelonious Monk and Janis Joplin.