Unsigned Artist Of The Month Jesse Hiatt

On Choose Your Road, Jesse Hiatt may know exactly how to work the angle of funky white boy crooning as the girls are swooning, but it’s when his fingers hit the keys that we hear his true voice: formidable and funky chops on Hammond, Rhodes, Clavinet, and New Orleans-style piano. Hiatt isn’t shy about musically admiring his ostensible heroes, from Graceland-era Paul Simon on “Mississippi Dreamcatcher” to Little Feat on “Out of My League” to Prince-ly falsetto over a southern-fried “Superstition” groove on “Love.” What makes this the good kind of similar — like a jazzer reverently quoting Bill Evans and unlike M.C. Hammer sampling Rick James — is that the songs are so consistently wellcrafted and the keyboard playing is so tasty. Sly and the Family Stone alums Cynthia Robinson and Jerry Martini contributing killer horn parts throughout is another testament to Hiatt’s cred. Choose Your Road is an A+ senior thesis from an honor student of soul —
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On Choose Your Road, Jesse Hiatt may know exactly how to work the angle of funky white boy crooning as the girls are swooning, but it’s when his fingers hit the keys that we hear his true voice: formidable and funky chops on Hammond, Rhodes, Clavinet, and New Orleans-style piano. Hiatt isn’t shy about musically admiring his ostensible heroes, from Graceland-era Paul Simon on “Mississippi Dreamcatcher” to Little Feat on “Out of My League” to Prince-ly falsetto over a southern-fried “Superstition” groove on “Love.” What makes this the good kind of similar — like a jazzer reverently quoting Bill Evans and unlike M.C. Hammer sampling Rick James — is that the songs are so consistently wellcrafted and the keyboard playing is so tasty. Sly and the Family Stone alums Cynthia Robinson and Jerry Martini contributing killer horn parts throughout is another testament to Hiatt’s cred. Choose Your Road is an A+ senior thesis from an honor student of soul — and one highly enjoyable listen

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