Duchess of Cool back to her roots

Rickie Lee Jones
Rickie Lee Jones

Take Note - with John Murray

I hadn’t heard the name Rickie Lee Jones in some time and often wondered what became of the cheeky, beret donned ultra-cool lady who burst on the scene in 1979 with the Chuck E’s In Love smash hit single and subsequent Grammy Award.

She must be aged 60 now and comes back this month with The Other Side Of Desire (Thirty Tigers), like she’s never been away.

Intense yet whispered songs like Infinity still show her writing craft and her opening Jimmy Choos (and an obvious single and radio song) becomes a light play on words and as pure as pop can be.

This is her first new music in a decade and all recorded in New Orleans. Remembering her roots with Dr John and Lowell George it all makes sense in the gentle Valtz de Mon Pere and fully embracing the music of the southern area on J’ai Connais Pas.

Her innocence still remains and there’s a vulnerability on Christmas In New Orleans as she reflects on times past.

This week she is hosting private shows and signing albums for her supporters as the album was only possible through crowdfunding. She is touring soon and filming along the way.

Jenny Lascelles meantime releases her debut this week. Fairy Lights (Birnam) has Jenny sing her own new songs with simple uncluttered accompaniment.