Friday, August 28, 2009
Jesse Dee is the New Soul
The most prized piece of vinyl in your collection comes to mind when you hear the soulful voice ooze out of burgeoning performer Jesse Dee. A surprise is in order – this is today, and these songs are not covers. The new crooner out of Boston is one of a growing group of musicians ushering in a new era of music by drawing from old R&B. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Jamie Lidell, Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears, and Amy Winehouse are all joining Dee, who is re-awakening the beauty of honest, sing-it-from-the-heart soul with a voice that’s thick as paste and a backing band that complements his pipes with snazzy arrangements and swinging style. The current definitions of R&B are thrown out the window when Dee walks in the door; T-Pain and Sean Kingston are not welcome. He pays homage to his old favorites in live shows, emanating his heroes – Al Green, Etta James, and Sam Cooke (the first two for which he has opened).