Oct 5, 2011
We love to put labels on music. Sometimes it’s because it helps us to identify by reference. Other times, it’s as a way of putting something in a slot, and forcing us to think about it in that way only.
Joe Blessett’s Chill Out In Dark Places defies labels by mixing smooth jazz, chill/lounge/nu jazz sounds and old fashioned bedroom soul. The result is a sexy mix of tunes perfect not just for the boudoir, but any quiet night.
The title track allows Blessett room to stretch out, showing he intends to not just supply a mellow groove, but mix it up as well. That sort of fire doesn’t appear on tracks like “Tell Me Something” or “Help Me Pray”, which burble with electronic treatments. Other tacks, replete with moans, sighs and coos, are anything but subtle in their intent and mood.
The prize is the bonus track, “Honey Hush Café”, an ensemble piece of more straight ahead jazz that ends the album on a soulfully high note.