Written by Lisa Mejia
Upon first hearing Phyllis Blanford’s new album Edgewalker, the love of jazz was firmly planted within my musical portfolio. It’s an album that blends traditional musical collaborations with the storytelling attributes of a modern woman. I’m not versed in the world of jazz, but the way that Blanford unfolds her songs, it didn’t matter, for she became my guide through the music.
This genre of music was now inspirational to me, and I had to find out more. I was granted the delightful opportunity to chat with Blanford about her new album and how she was able to take a musical form rich in history and somehow make it her own.
Jazz is a complicated musical genre in which all the instruments blend together while keeping their own beat. It’s as if they are vignettes joined together to form one desire, and if you were lucky you had a soulful singer to hold your hand as you took a journey with the music. Edgewalker has all of these elements, but what was most impressive to me was that Blanford was able to embrace this traditional world yet find a way to also sing towards the women, empowering them as individuals.