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)
…Manhattan-via-Austin super-side-woman Esther melds roots. pop and R&B in a way that Lucinda Williams, melissa Eheridge and Sheryl Crow never could on their best days.
…some of the catchiest songs on one record that I’ve heard in a long, long time.
(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