Lenora Jaye's bio begins by making big claims. "In a musical wasteland crowded with gimmick peddlers and rump-shaking pop tarts", it asserts, "LeNora Jaye stands out like a luxuriant diamond among the ashes." Know what? IT'S ABSOULUTELY RIGHT! From the first note of her new undertaking, titled "The Story", you know this is going to be a return to real music... REAL GOOD MUSIC!
Although this is Ms. Jaye's first solo endeavor, she began as the lead vocalist and front woman for Blackrock Coalition's Rhythm Republik band, and has opened for Soul Music's royalty: Roy Ayres, Teena Marie, The Meters, and Roger Troutman & Zapp. She has also recently shared the stage with some of the finest of today's True School Movement, most notably The Roots, Floetry, India Aire, and Amel Larrieux, and with the release of this new 16 track work she firmly establishes herself as a great musical talent.
The musical flavor and production style of the album harken back to the days when lyricists were wise scribes who were skilled at translating life's ups and down's into melody, and before auto tune became a substitute for vocal talent. To achievee this she enlisted some of today's top talent to assist in the production, and together they have created one of the best offerings this year. "Anyone who can work a sampler nowadays can consider themselves a producer, but that's not me," she says. "I wanted live instruments on this CD, so I sought out co-producers who were musicians and instrumentalists. Every single producer on this album plays one or more instruments."