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JANA HERZEN'S NOTHING BUT LOVE, RELEASED JAN 17, GATHERS MEDIA MOMENTUM; DownBeat Magazine: "Herzen's clean guitar work [is] a confident dance partner for her sly vocal style...(while her) storytelling remains first and foremost"
(Published: February 12, 2020)

For Immediate Release
February 12, 2020


DownBeat Magazine: "Herzen's clean guitar work [is] a confident dance partner for her sly vocal style...(while her) storytelling remains first and foremost"

People Magazine: "Herzen's rich past imbues her work with color and character"

New Motéma album is a moving, humorous and diverse collection of Folk, Pop, World and Jazz Originals. Herzen's rich vocals and evocative storytelling at times recall such artists as Christine McVie, Paul Simon, Maria Muldaur and Joni Mitchell

National coverage continues to grow for singer/songwriter/guitarist Jana Herzen's acclaimed album ‘Nothing But Love'. The diverse collection of folk/pop/jazz originals has been embraced by mainstream, jazz and folk outlets including People Magazine, Elmore Magazine, Downbeat, JazzTimes, Jazziz and SmoothJazz.com. In a review in their current issue, DownBeat comments, "Herzen's clean guitar work [is] a confident dance partner for her sly vocal style...(while her) storytelling remains first and foremost." Herzen and the album's co-producer and bassist Charnett Moffett celebrated the album's release with an intimate acoustic Facebook Live broadcast from the hip HIFI Records & Cafe in Astoria. Watch the broadcast here: https://www.facebook.com/motema/videos/2261809187445721/?t=136

‘Nothing But Love' was released by the multi-GRAMMY® winning Motéma label.

Elmore Magazine - Exclusive Song Premiere
Jana Herzen On the Outside, looking inward
By Suzanne Cadgene, 10/2019   Full story here:
Elmore, excerpt: "With its unexpected juxtapositions of loss and melancholy alongside eye-winking fun and the courage let the sun back in, Nothing But Love offers a complex, sophisticated collection of folk/pop/world/jazz originals. Recorded live by a group of seasoned jazz musicians whose chemistry is palpable, each instrumentalist brings a special gift to the table, and Herzen's own guitar work plays a key role in leading the arrangements."

JazzTimes - Exclusive Song Premiere, for
‘Speak' 11/2019 https://jazztimes.com/audio-video/premieres/jt-track-premiere-speak-by-jana-herzen/

DownBeat Magazine - Print Review
Feb 2019 issue, by Sean J. O'Connell

Jana Herzen's biography is a bohemian jigsaw puzzle that's revealed a bountiful image for modern jazz fans. Herzen first pursued a life in the theater, bouncing around the world, remembering her adventures in song. She was in her mid-40s before jumping into the music business and issuing her first album of global pop. But her desire to release Babatunde Lea's Soul Pools led to the creation of Motéma, a modern jazz label that's issued work by the likes of pianist Geri Allen and vocalist Gregory Porter since 2003. With that commanding responsibility, it's impressive that Herzen had two consecutive days to head into the studio with a solid quartet and get some things down on tape. Nothing But Love is a dozen tunes of mostly medium-tempo singer-songwriter explorations, all in the pocket, showcasing Herzen's clean guitar work as a confident dance partner for her sly vocal style. Bassist Charnett Moffett along with drummer Mark Whitfield Jr. are the engine on this set, even-keeled and out of the way. In lieu of any horns, violinist Scott Tixier is there to provide a bit of support and tension. And on the reggae-fied "Like A River" and the bouncing "On The Outside" he gets a little more room to cut loose, even as Herzen's storytelling remains first and foremost. -Sean J. O'Connell  

An expansive interview ran via Eponymous Review -
By Laurie Fanelli, 6/2019
Jana Herzen shares the creative process behind ‘Nothing But Love'
Full interview here: https://www.eponymousreview.com/6252/interview-jana-herzen-nothing-but-love-2019/     The thoughtful Q&A opens with this praise:
"The album shares stories of the heart through a variety of genres as Herzen's poetic lyrics unfold as if they were the acts of a play. Emotional depth and rich compositions are also at the heart of this timeless collection of songs."

VENTS Magazine - Exclusive Song Premiere for title track 12/2019 https://ventsmagazine.com/2019/12/09/premiere-jana-herzen-releases-new-single-nothing-but-love/
"The title track is a swaggering, guitar-driven blues /reggae/country vibe that packs a humorous spiritual punch."

People Magazine - Exclusive Song Premiere/article

By Jordan Runtagh 10/7/19  - Full story here:

Song Premiere: Hear Jana Herzen's Touching New Track 'With an Open Heart'  Excerpts: Singer, songwriter and storyteller Jana Herzen will release her new album Nothing But Love on Jan. 17, 2020 - but today PEOPLE can exclusively premiere the disc's first track, "With an Open Heart." "With an Open Heart" closes with the poignant lines: "Every soul, with a heart that's closed, will suffer from the thorns and never smell the rose." Herzen's rich past imbues her work with color and character.

Jazziz - Exclusive Song Premiere - "Lightening the Load"
By Matt Micucci 10/2019  https://www.jazziz.com/new-music-monday-jana-herzen-pat-irwin-and-j-walter-hawkes-more/

More about ‘Nothing But Love':
On ‘Nothing But Love', Jana Herzen's diverse, soulful and sophisticated collection of folk/pop/world/jazz originals, the singer-songwriter and guitarist reaches new heights as a storyteller and composer.

With its unexpected juxtapositions of isolation, loss, and melancholy, alongside eye winking fun, hopeful ‘turning the page' and finding the courage to consider letting the sun back in, ‘Nothing But Love' offers a complex portrait of a force that, in Herzen's words, ‘makes the world go ‘round'. "This cycle of 12 songs -one of which I wrote on a napkin in an NYC jazz club as far back as the 1980's- has long desired to see the light of day." she explains. "Each song is inspired by a particular moment, place, or person in my life. Together, they tell a tale of love in many guises."

The album's soundscape benefits from the vibrancy and immediacy of being recorded 'live in the studio' by a group of seasoned jazz musicians with a shared history of working together. The chemistry of the band is palpable. Each instrumentalist brings a special gift to the table, including Herzen whose guitar work plays a key role in leading the arrangements.

Throughout the program, Herzen's understated vocal delivery shifts to suit the mood, style, and story at hand, and at times subtly evokes artists who've preceded her - the warm contralto of Christine McVie, for example, or the sensual, yet humorous and wide-ranging vocals of a Maria Muldaur. Meanwhile, her lyrics and musical style at times can bring to mind such forebears as Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon or Suzanne Vega. 

The album's instrumentation is also particularly engaging and quietly powerful: Supporting Herzen's vocals and electro-acoustic guitar, are co-producer and Music Director Charnett Moffett's groove-solid and vocal-like fretless electric bass lines; Brian Jackson (the keyboard wizard behind the production of Gil Scott-Heron's albums) faithfully underscores the soul of each song with just the right chords and colors; the versatile and much-in-demand drummer Mark Whitfield, Jr, brings both grit and groove; and rising star violinist Scott Tixier plays inspired and imaginative lines that succeed at conveying or supplementing a wide range of emotions, from playful to mournful, beautifully complimenting Herzen's multi-timbered voice.

Nothing But Love marks a growing collaboration between Herzen and Moffett, now in their eleventh year of working together since he was first signed to Motema in 2008. Their prior collaborative albums are - ‘Passion of a Lonely Heart' a vocal, guitar and bass duo project released in 2012, which they toured internationally; Nett Duo ‘Overtones', an instrumental bass and guitar project released in 2018; and most recently Moffett's 2019 free-jazz-meets-rock-meets-classical opus ‘Bright New Day', on which Herzen plays guitar in his quintet.  Notably, it was her experience performing and recording with Moffett's Bright New Day quintet that led her to use the same personnel on this album.  Moffett, who is acclaimed as one of the most innovative, and virtuosic bassists in jazz comments, "Jana's poetic voice has a sensibility that touches the heart and soul. Her journey in life has led her to various styles of music that join together here to create a rainbow of song that expresses the many different colors of love."

Tour dates and the release of additional tracks from the album sessions will be announced soon.

"She is a composer, guitarist and lyricist whose performances are imaginative and soulful." - Jazz Times

"Herzen presents warmly wrought jazz-pop." - Time Out, NY

"Absolute Intimacy." - Gary Walker, WBGO

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More about the album here: http://motema.com/releases/nothing-but-love/
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