Singer Jean Carne's career has had various incarnations, as well as a slight name change similar to Dionne Warwick's (adding an "e" to the end of her last name as Warwick did for a short time). Born Sarah Jean Perkins in Columbus, GA, she was raised in Atlanta. She began singing gospel music in the church choir at age four; she also took piano lessons and learned the clarinet and bassoon. Carne won a music scholarship to Morris Brown College and began her recording career in 1969 with her husband, keyboardist Doug Carn, on the Black Jazz label, where she was one of the last vocalists to work with jazz legend Duke Ellington before his death.
's lone effort reunites the singer with producer , whose mid-'70s dates for effectively launched her solo career. proves some distance removed from the jazz-funk context of their previous collaborations, however, instead couching 's potent vocals in a slickly commercial, radio-friendly setting that casts neither artist nor producer in a positive light.
My absolute favorite Black Jazz album was Infant Eyes, by pianist Doug Carn and his wife, Jean Carn. The record had a sensual, powerful feel. What made the album a hit were the soulful lyrics the Carns crafted for jazz standards such as Bobby Hutcherson's Little B's Poem, Wayne Shorter's Infant Eyes, John Coltrane's Acknowledgment from A Love Supreme, and Horace Silver's Peace. Doug's arrangements and Jean's searing, passionate vocals gave the album a distinctly 1970s African-American feel.
is one of the music industry's best kept secrets, she has been putting out some of the best jazz-R&B for years. If you are tired of today's female R&B singers ear-splitting histrionics, check out . On this CD she recorded some truly mind-blowing, ever-beautiful Quiet Storm-flavored gems: , , and her remake of the standard . If you like Jazz in all his genres, you will appreciate this release. The first half of the album is Smooth Jazz, the second half more classic Jazz. A nice mixture for those, loving both.
Closer Than Close is a different album from the Queen of Philly Soul. Jean previously sang jazz with former husband Doug Carn, then became familiar to soul fans through her work with Norman Connors and further secured lifelong fans through her four album affiliation with Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International Records from 1976 and one further solo album for Motown in 1982.
This comprehensive compilation includes every track Wansel recorded for PIR as a solo artist between 1976 and 1979 that featured on his 4 jazz-funk oriented albums for the label. Life On Mars (R&B #44), What The World Is Coming To (R&B #45), Voyager (R&B #37) and Time Is Slipping Away (R&B #58) allowed Wansel to show his myriad talents to the fullest and explore his deep interest in the cosmos.