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Ava Lemert – Ava L Soul

May 14, 1013

Saxophonist/vocalist Ava Lemert has released a  4-track EP of cover tunes  called Ava L Soul that proves to be quite interestingAva Lemert2 with innovative interpretations by the artist. I seldom review such projects, as regular visitors to the site know, but this begs exception.

It’s obvious that Lemert loves what she does. You can hear that in her vocals, which, by the way, are quite noteworthy and work well with the real attraction for me: That bluesy sax which just stirs that something in you.

She takes her sax and vocals on a bluesy/R&B sexy walk with each track. From the lead track, Sade’s “Your Love Is King,” to the Billy Paul classic “Me and Mr. Jones” (slight variation on the title for obvious reasons, of course) to her easy roll into the classic by Yvonne Elliman “If I Can’t Have You.”

With a very convincing vibrato and that extra pinch of sweetness in her voice, along with that bluesy sax, her rendition of Smokey Robinson and The Miracles’ “Ooh Baby Baby” just may be arguably the high point of this EP.  Strictly from a former vocalist’s standpoint, I was genuinely moved by the nuances (there were a couple of such nuances  that I would have preferred omitting, but the track is nonetheless tight). 

In a word (or two), the song flies highly and smoothly, and I’m sure that Smokey would be impressed.

I only wish that Lemert  could have thrown in a few more classic R&B tracks with that sexy sax and made this a full-length CD. There’s no telling where that project would have landed her. Regardless, this is a very fine piece of work on which I feel she can build and then launch that killer album. I personally am awaiting that inevitable  moment. – Ronald Jackson