2019 CD release.
Life II is a bit more expansive than the previous which was more heavily cover oriented and arguably more jazz-centric, but both retain the similar themes and outlook. Speaking about her work with Parks and Mitchell, Sessoms says, “You could say that this fits nicely in the genre of jazz, but in the words of Nicholas Payton, – it’s Black Music. If you’re familiar with my previous releases, I think you can see a natural progression.”
Sessoms is Harlem born with an incredibly rich musical pedigree which began from a classical background when she sung in Japanese when playing with Ryuichi Sakamoto. Later she added the multi-cultural styles and elements as he suggested. She’s performed on the world’s greatest stages, major TV late night and award shows, you name it. Yet, as you hear on Life II her explorative spirit for arranging, composing, and vocalizing knows no boundaries.
Jim Hynes ~ Glide Magazine
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