The Lexington Stretch – The Jorgensens (reviewed by T. Bebedor)

Husband and wife duo The Jorgensens (made up of Kurt Jorgensen and Brianna Tagg-Jorgensen) have the right to call themselves popular and successful as individual musicians, but bring them together, with faultlessly harmonious vocals and cleverly written songs, you’ve got a pairing that goes together as well as fish and chips and tea and crumpets!

There is a rule in music that the less you’ve got going on, the harder it is to make it work, putting a lone voice to a single instrument means everything has to be correct and this is put to the test on opening track ‘If The Sea Was Whiskey’. We’re treated to vocals against a double bass with stark production and it’s not only successful but has enough interest there to make you want to hear what else the pairing have up their sleeves.

It feels somewhat like a postcard from American musical heritage, from Detroit soul to deep southern jazz. There are similarities to Tedeschi Trucks band, particularly on the blues-inspired ‘Goin’, Goin’, Gone’ that mixes toe-tapping rhythm with slide guitar, and there is a strong nod to the musical tradition of New Orleans, understandably on the Cab Calloway ‘St. James Infirmary’ which might sound like an odd choice of cover considering the dose of Americana that runs throughout the album but it sits perfectly within the understated feel of the album. We visit New Orleans again with the track ‘Voo Doo’ which would feel nicely at home in a smoky jazz bar overlooking Bourbon Street, with it’s muted trumpet and atmospheric backing vocals.

What becomes clear is that these are accomplished musicians taking in whatever musical style their songs require, it never feels disjointed or trying to be something it isn’t and is an album that will no doubt kick start fans of Americana to search out other albums from the pairing.

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