Kosi is a jazz, blues and rock singer on the ascent. Citing Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone as some of her main influences, Kosi’s music offers an energetic and powerful experience.
One More Cup of Coffee contains eleven tracks featuring eight originals. Standards include Charles Mingus’ “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” and Vernon Duke’s “Autumn in New York.” Kosi’s music embodies funk, soul, jazz, blues and flamenco influences. The guitar-voice duo format emphasizes the excellent musicianship of Kosi and Marchak.
Kosi’s voice is especially well suited to the colors of the accompaniment. Marchak’s command of the guitar is impressive. His use of walking bass lines, arpeggiated and comped chords, and melodic runs form a rich orchestration from a single instrument. The format allows extended improvisations from both Kosi and Marchak.
* stirring, evocative lyrics
* powerful and emotive vocals
* outstanding solo guitar accompaniment and improvisations
* diverse musical influences
“Little Miss Generous”, a powerful 6/8 tune in a minor tonality, is one of Kosi’s originals. The lyrics reflect on themes of selfless desperation. Kosi’s phrasing capability is most apparent in the 5/4 time signature of “The Coldest Summer.” The lyrics fit in an unexpected, yet seemingly inevitable, way. In other words, it works.
“Marlene” features Kosi’s flamenco-influenced guitar playing. The steel string acoustic sound is a nice contrast from the rest of the album. Vocally, Kosi is at her rangiest on this tune. These include orations in the bottom of her range, to belting at the higher end. Everything including sobs, weeps and growls are found in between.
“Once and Future” is the last titled track on the album. It sums up everything heard to this point. Lyrics, vocals and guitar accompaniment come together nicely on this straight ahead jazz original.
Tracks: Goodbye Pork Pie Hat; One More Cup of Coffee; Little Miss Generous; The Coldest Summer; Karen; Autumn in New York; Need Your Love; The Last Shot; Marlene; Once and Future; Untitled.
Personnel: Kosi: vocals, guitar (9); Aron Marchak: guitar.
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