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Written by Robert Silverstein
May 12, 2019 - 2:59pm EDT
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To be filed under the 21st century jazz/pop and Americana sound, Rediscovered is a great way to check out the music of L.A. based singer-songwriter Judith Owen. On her 2018 album, Judith hands the creative reigns over to the music gods on an album that takes on the form of a tribute album to Judith’s biggest songwriter influences. Backed up by some great musicians including bass legend Leland Sklar, Pedro Segundo (percussion) and Spinal Tap / SNL icon Harry Shearer, Rediscovered features a few surprises, including covers of “Smoke On The Water”, “Play That Funky Music White Boy”, “Black Hole Sun”, “Dream A Little Dream Of Me”, a pair of Joni Mitchell covers, a Beatles cover of “Blackbird” and many other fine tracks. The key here is that it’s all done with the utmost taste and in a kind of low-key, late night jazz club kind of way—without pretense and production overkill. In Judith Owens' hands, less is more so only the great music and melodies come shining through on an album that will seduce you in the finest, musical kind of way. Produced by Ms. Owen and recorded in L.A., and featuring excellent album art and track-by-track notes, Rediscovered is a great late night spin and serves as a fabulous introduction to the sound and style of singer, pianist and arranger Judith Owen.