Album Review of
Treasures of the Heart

Written by Robert Silverstein
May 25, 2024 - 4:34pm EDT
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There are plenty of pleasurable R&B and pop-jazz vibes running thoughout Treasures Of The Heart, the 2024 album by California-based singer-songwriter Jacqui Naylor. For her 14-track, 60 minute album, Ms. Naylor teams with a number of fine musicians including Art Khu (keyboards, guitars, co-production), Richie Goods (bass), Ele Howell (drums) and Erik Jekabson (trumpet, flugelhorn). The end result is a pleasant hour of breezy, easy on the ear music that represents Ms. Naylor as a gifted singer-songwriter and a song interpreter.

A good example of Ms. Naylor’s fine covering skills is the lead off track, the jazz standard “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was”, written in 1939 by Rogers & Hart. Other standards here that mix well among album originals written by Ms. Naylor and her pianist Art Khu, include a take on “True Colors”, the 1986 song made famous by Cyndy Lauper, with other tracks here written by Bill Withers and Burt Bacharach. With 12 albums already released to her credit, Treasures Of The Heart goes the distance and will surely please long-time fans as well as newcomers alike to the soulful pop-jazz elegance of Jacqui Naylor.