Queen Esther performs a suite of (mostly) original Black Americana with her band The Blue Crowns (From L to R: Boo Reiners, acoustic guitar; Hilliard Greene, bass; Shirazette Tinnin, drums; Kelvyn Bell, electric guitar)
…Every track stands alone, a tower of singularity and purpose. There is no repetition and any time for displacement of time or rhythm in a song on this album (Talkin’ Fishbowl Blues).
Blues Matters Magazine
(On Toussaintville), which is a delightful mixture of instrumental and vocal offerings, the band demonstrates that it knows its way around the Toussaint songbook, giving each track the right amount of funky-soul sound that is evocative of the Big Easy
(Toussaintville) not only skillfully reminds the listener of Toussaint’s important contribution as a composer of top pop hits but also does so through a jazz prism, never losing an ounce of Toussaint’s earthy intent