Wax Poetic Nublu Sessions

Nublu Sessions is the follow up release to Wax Poetic’s self-titled debut album released in 2000. At that time, Norah Jones’s name was as obscure and unknown as this group. But, even with all her recent accolades Jones didn’t hesitate to step back into her mid-’90s role as lead singer with this group and drop her now signature smooth jazz vocals on two Nublu Sessions tracks, "Tell Me” and "Angels.” There’s a worldly eclectic flow to this album from sultry laid-back tracks to electro-dub tunes to transatlantic Arabic-influenced instrumentals mixed to down-tempo rhythmic beats, not to mention the subtle infusion of trip-hop. Another notable that lends her voice on this album is N’Dea Davenport (formerly of Brand New Heavies) and of course there’s Wax Poetic’s full-fledged lead singer Maria Turner who holds it down on the tracks "Della” and "Love.” Born out of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Nublu Sessions has a refreshing freestyle vibe to it and with the kind of vocal star power added to this mix its poeticism speaks for itself. (Ultra)