Mind Over Matter
'Samba do Espião' wins first prize in Jazz of the 2008 USA Songwriting Competition! This CD is a smooth and sophisticated blend of styles and cultures. From the reggae street wise groove of 'Bronx Song' to the lilting Cole Porter like ballad, Long and Lazy Night with full symphony, to the hot Brazilian tunes, sung in their native language, 'Sorria Brasileira' and 'Samba do Espião', this album showcases the major songwriting talent and brilliant vocal style of Jason Black. The listener will be pleasantly surprised from track to track, as Black's smooth, warm tenor weaves comfortably through the straight ahead American jazz tunes such as, 'Do You?' and ' Lover Girl' to the more traditional R&B type songs such as the title track, 'Mind Over Matter' and 'Things Fall Into Place'. The lyrics are strong and unpretentious, coming straight from the heart. WINNER FIRST PRIZE/JAZZ Samba Do Espião, USA Songwriting Competition 2008 'Having listened...resulted in a pleasurable condition of happiness and surprise..[about the Brazilian songs] I felt as if I was listening to the real deal Brazilian composer, singer, and musician' Joaquin Betancourt 2001 Latin Grammy Winner 'Linda, Linda, Linda!' (Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful) Mônika, Show 'Mulher Brasileira' (Brazilian Woman) Rádio Rio de Janerio, December 29, 2008.