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Blue Joy. Bonnie J. Jensen (La Brava) 8 stars:
The Sydney-based singer is hardly advanced in years but has passport pages full of foreign gigs to her credit. It was timely, a couple of years back, when her debut album was released - a calling card to announce her presence and show off the wares. Among the impressive run through of jazz standards were a sprinkling of her own compositions which pointed to a seam of talent that should be developed further. Her second album is that leap - a confident, bold and coherent statement of a musician (singer, player, composer and arranger) hitting stride. Jensen is that rarest of things in Australian singers - a full blooded, grown up sexy woman unafraid to let her passions and eroticism inform her music in a sophisticated way, beyond the usual raunchy, bluesy stuff. She's a nightclub singer who belongs in gowns, not jeans, and harkens back to a school and a style that is both timeless and increasingly rare. Performing with her on a selection of her own tunes and such wonders as "This Masquerade", "Every Breath You Take" and "Just The Two of Us" are a crack line-up of jazz musicians that frame this music in just the lustrous and vivid colours it needs. It's a very even album, with no missteps, beginning with Bonnie's own "Tokyo Skies", a remarkably frank and modern exposition of desire and neediness, plumbing a well of lonelines in "Sharing The Night With The Blues", "Good Morning Heartache" and "Baby Come Home" - canny choices all of them - and topped with a radical reworking of Stevie Wonder's "Creepin" (hear the jukebox), replete with Jensen's own rap fantasia at the close. Her reharmonisation of Sting's classic is beautiful and logical, finding new layers in a tune that always hinted they were there. The album is out in late February.