- Instant infatuation was my reaction to seeing her hit video,
"The Only Way Is Up." It seemed a great dance song – not
that there's anything wrong with that – but lyrical substance and
Yazz's vocal confidence made it so much more. Co-written by the great
George Jackson, up there with his other memorable songs.
- Luckily I got to see Yazz on MTV dazzling Downtown Julie Brown.
- Her debut album,
was outstanding for more than the major hit, spurring my
interest to the extent that
I squandered my fortune on Yazz "singles," whenever I unearthed them.
- When this site launched in March 1988, Yazz was declared
gt House band, with all the concomitant honours and
responsibilities. Too bad, it didn't include a recording contract.
- I pondered why Yazz had only singles. Poor, poor ignorant me! She
was releasing great albums, available all over the world,
except for this Yazz-forsaken country.
- Thankfully, the Internet's free flow of information enabled me to acquire
ONE ON ONE (Polydor 1994),
the natural life (EastWest/WB,
1997) and at her very best (Universal, 2001), but
I'm still seeking her
remix album. The true gold is out there.
- Although Yazz can still "get down," as the kids say, her repertoire is
varied. Most selections on best are not from the previous albums
- certainly not in the same form.
Like a sizzling rendition of "Love
Hangover" with its Diana Ross homage.
- Her Reggae influences surface on
natural life with Sugar Minnott, Sly & Robbie and
Ali Campbell (UB40), among others. My current favourite
is ONE ON ONE, with eleven gems. And sure enough, Yazz still
puts out danceable
- Yazz sounds like an angel and always surprises; but
don't sit there reading about her albums, get them.