By Richard Milne

We had the pleasure of first hearing Jamila Woods when she was half of the duo M&O a few years back. She was also an essential ingredient in the success of last year’s Donnie Trumpet release, especially on the exquisite “Sunday Candy“. This summer, Jamila release her own HEAVN recording and it’s as good as her earlier work promised and then some. I dig how she takes command of some very strong material like “Blk Girl Soldier” and the album’s title track. These are tunes that take presence of mind and no pussy footing in the delivery. Is she 100% there? Nah. Good artists never really are. What’s the point of being as good as you can be? If that’s the case, you’re not pushing what you’re capable of doing hard enough. Plenty of upside left for this musician, writer, poet, and educator, Jamila Woods. I expect a wide-ranging conversation when she joins me on Local Anesthetic to talk about her many disciplines and to play tunes off of HEAVN. I hope you can join us, Sunday night at 7:30 on XRT.

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