As we all know, jazz comes in many textures, flavors, colors, and can even be camouflaged at times. In addition, what is often meant to be jazz, can and may be lost in translation. The debut release "My Emotions" by vocalist Shane Ashley is one of those recordings that fits into the category of non-jazz.
Coming to grips with this recording was a difficult process for me, because in my estimation there are elements that lack substantive jazz influences. "My Emotions" is accompanied by Shane's own guitar playing, with back-up instrumentation from Peter Stanley and percussionist Karl Perrazo. The intent may have been smooth jazz, but this album is a compilation of pop and R&B influences. Although Shane counts Chaka Khan, Shirley Bassey, Teena Marie, George Benson and Phyllis Hyman as individuals who had significant impact on her career, I find she sounds a lot like English vocalist Lisa Stansfield. Having said that, there really is not very much to be said for "My Emotions" as a jazz offering. If one wants a fresh new vocalist to get acquainted with, Shane Ashley may be the voice that suits your listening palate.