RITA RAY / JAZZKAAR 2020
Organiser Jazzkaare Sõprade Ühing MTÜ
Rita Ray is a small-town girl whose vocal chords are hardened by a decade in choir singing, spirit toughened by the city life and a foundation built in jazz studies. She’s the first contemporary soul diva to rise from Estonia. Performing with a 5-piece band playing the keys herself, miss Ray’s soul-stirring shows have yet to leave a heart cold – she’ll have you in her palm to deliver tender melodies, irony-filled lyrics, catchy riffs and disco-stomping sessions.
The debut album of the singer-composer Rita Ray from Estonia packs powerful, warm vocals and crisp production to go with it. “Old Love Will Rust” contributes 8 soul-heavy cuts to the current scene: it’s got that slower, classic R&B side of affairs, as well as an uptempo disco delight, that keeps things tight. While miss Ray herself has credits in almost all aspects of the LP, it’s a certified Solid Gold Production, led by Martin Laksberg of Lexsoul Dancemachine. Blue-eyed soul hasn’t sounded so strong in ages!