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VOODOO CHILD MAGAZINE, USA - Issue 77

The Sapphire Tree

Australian jazz chanteuse Bonnie J Jensen is one of a covey of new female jazz vocalists bringing a fresh perspective to the jazz culture. She joins the likes of America’s Norah Jones, Britain’s Claire Martin and Sweden’s Linda Pettersson in bringing a soft, sweet, sultry, soulful synapse to the jazz idiom.

Her repertoire consists of a mixture of standards, pop and rock tunes. You can feel traces of the classic jazz vocal influences of Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan and Australia’s own Renee Geyer presented with a contemporary flair, enhanced by Wanderlust, a core of ARIA (Australia’s version of the Grammy Award) winning jazz musicians siding her.

The entourage brings an element of contemporary and European jazz flavor to her sound, complimenting Jensen’s soulful interpretations well and subtly enhancing her unique approaches to her diverse selections of songs.

On her third release The Sapphire Tree, she can be found exploring works ranging from Dizzy Gillespie and Cole Porter to works by U2 and Jimi Hendrix. Jensen says the disc is a collection of songs inspired by the sounds of the instrumentalists she works with.

[Jensen] opens her take on “Little Wing” with a light, heavenly introduction leading into her emotional read evoking a soulful sadness. With an organ and guitar instrumental bridge that makes me as much want to hear her group’s own instrumental read.