Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Acoustic Soul Diva Eisa Davis

The Pulitzer Prize finalist, whose stripped down brand of minimalist soul music was regularly featured on the TV series Soul Food, will perform songs from her critically acclaimed debut project Something Else.

Written and produced entirely by Eisa, and recorded over a two-week period in a small Brooklyn studio "loaded with vibes and a 100-year-old Steinway grand piano," Something Else features an A-list cast of musicians, including percussionist Daniel Sadownick (Me'Shell N'degeocello, Angie Stone) and guitarist Marvin Sewell (Cassandra Wilson, Jason Moran, Lizz Wright). Eisa plays piano on each of the compositions on the album.

"I chose songs I'd been singing live for some time, ones that had settled into themselves and would be second nature," Eisa says of the collection. Perfect and 40 Moons, songs that were on her very first demo, are brought to life by their sunny chord progressions. I Weep, a tortured ballad drenched with acidic regret, contains lines from a Rumi poem translated by Coleman Barks. Quiet reflection leads to triumph on the title track Something Else.

Source: Tracii McGregor

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