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Help Me

Jessica Molaskey


320 Kbps Released July 28, 2017
Ghostlight Deluxe / Ghostlight Records

This week’s download comes from Jessica Molaskey’s most recent album, Portraits of Joni. It’s the first release from Ghostlight Deluxe, a new imprint of Ghostlight Records, and is a stunner from start to finish.

The imprint is curated by Molaskey and John Pizzarelli, and in announcing it last month, she said: “Our mission at Ghostlight Deluxe is to give theater artists an opportunity and a home to make solo recordings that are singular to their unique talents. Whether it be jazz, pop or the Great American Songbook, we are committed to making albums with the highest quality arrangements and musicianship that integrate all these styles.”

You’ll certainly hear this philosophy at work on Portraits of Joni, which features Molaskey, both a renowned jazz vocalist and accomplished singer-performer, interpreting over a dozen of Joni Mitchell’s classic songs, from “Both Sides Now” to “A Case of You.” Molaskey puts her own distinctive imprint on each song and the result is one of the freshest sounding recordings we’ve come across in a long time: a grand fusion of jazz, theatrical and folk sensibilities.

In sharing this week’s song, the classic “Help Me,” with us, Jessica said, “In 1974 when I was a very young person, two LPs inexplicably arrived into my provincial Connecticut life. One was the Broadway cast album of A Little Night Music, which began my lifelong love of theater and all things Stephen Sondheim. The other was a collection of original songs by a folk singer named Joni Mitchell. The record was called Court and Spark and Joni had me at “Help Me”. I set out with Portraits of Joni to place her songs in a jazz vernacular. Here her pop guitar is replaced by John Pizzarelli’s Bossa Nova guitar and Jazz great Larry Golding’s keyboards. As Joni writes in her masterpiece Blue, ‘songs are like tattoos,’ they are etched in our hearts forever.”

After listening to this cut, we’re betting you’ll want to hear more from the album. You can listen to other samples and purchase Portraits of Joni in its entirety by clicking here.

Track / Performer
Help Me by Jessica Molaskey

Music and lyric by Joni Mitchell



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