Latin, Jazz, And Motown Influences Make Arresting Pop Album

Creative force Jar-e is set to release ‘Chicas Malas’ (Exotic Recordings, 2/24), a 10-song collection of lush, genre-defying pop songs that seamlessly blend Latin beats and lyrics, jazz nuances, horn-fueled soul, and are bound by the bewitching voice of Asheville, NC based bilingual singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jon Reid.

‘Chicas Malas,’ literally translated as “bad girls,” was conceived in Mexico and inspired after a journey that took Jar-e through Greece, Cuba and Britain. “I start as an empty vessel,” Jar-e says, “and absorb the sounds of my environment into the music.” These world influences are loud and clear on tracks like Jar-e’s first single, “Casa Believe,”; Jar-e plays with rhythm and tone, while singing a heartfelt and infectiously catchy melody:

Producer Keith “Touch” Saunders (Saint Bernadette) set up a state-of-the-art studio in an Appalachian mountain barn in Asheville to record ‘Chicas Malas.’ The result is an album that represents Jar-e more intimately than ever before, while emphasizing the intensity of his live shows. “The thing that links all of his work is a soulfulness,” says Saunders, “We definitely captured that.”

Jar-e’s sound leaves listeners dancing all night long, and his shows bridge soul, rock and funk and have gained him a reputation in the Southeast for always getting the crowd on its feet. He joins fellow Ashevilleans Toubab Krewe for a tour that brings together the sounds of two continents.

Jar-e ‘Chicas Malas’ Track listing
1). Fever Break
2). Heyday
3). 3 Leaf
4). Casa Believe
5). An Idea
6). Lorca
7). Safe To Say
8). The Pedestrian
9). Rosary
10). Ramparts

Tour dates (more to be added):
Jan 16 – Asheville, NC – Pop Asheville 2009
Jan 17 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre w/ Toubab Krewe
Jan 20 – Vienna, VA – Jammin Java w/ Toubab Krewe
Jan 21 – Charlottesville, VA – Gravity Lounge w/ Toubab Krewe
Jan 23 – Virginia Beach, VA – Jewish Mother w/ Toubab Krewe
Jan 24 – Richmond, VA – Capital Ale House Downtown Music Hall
Jan 31 – Asheville, NC – Angi West @ Grey Eagle
Feb 6 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle w/ Toubab Krewe
Feb 7 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre w/ Toubab Krewe

Jar-e — vocals, Fender Rhodes
Dave Mack — bass
Ian Cunningham — drums
Matt Smith — guitar
Simon Goldburg — trumpet
Scott Mills– sax
Meredith DiMenna (Saint Bernadette) — backing vocals
Stephanie Morgan (Stephanie’s ID) — backing vocals

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