"... Definitely an exceptional debut - in great anticipation of the next musical "strike"."Concerto, Austria, 01-4-2022
Jessica de Boer belongs to the newest generation of Dutch jazzsingers. She stands out because of her disarming and narrative style. During her studies at Utrecht Conservatory - from which she graduated in 2019 with honors - she fell in love with the rich harmonies and freedom of jazz. Soon she started writing her own compositions; light, colorful jazz with flexible melody-lines and a hint of world music. Inspired by nature, people, sounds and faith, she is not afraid to tell her story. In a disarming way, her lyrics express important theme's, recognizable for everyone.
Jessica's musical career has led her to perform at a variety of places, including North Sea Jazz Festival and Middelheim Jazz (with Matthew Herbert Brexit Bigband Choir), and Tivoli de Helling.
... Definitely an exceptional debut - in great anticipation of the next musical "strike".
Concerto, Austria, 01-4-2022
... De Boer has a high vocal expressiveness, her songs don't slip into complicated experiments, and she wrote all the tracks herself (in four cases with her manager and guitarist Eric Brugmans) ...
Audio 05 2022, 31-3-2022
... In the eleven songs of "Grow," the young singer looks back, forward and at the world around her, asking herself: what encourages us to grow, and what holds us back? " ...
... All in all, a dreamlike unity of all participants can be heard, a mood that uses elements of jazz and a bit of pop in a very loose and relaxed way...
Dutch singer Jessica de Boer celebrates her amazingly mature debut in the jazz world with "Grow". Hard to believe that it is a debut! ... How she merges with the ingenious band as a dynamic unit, I could listen to forever.
Sparse arrangements, exposed vocals and really beautiful compositions make listening to this album a great pleasure...
... Her colorful, positive jazz with hints of world music sounds fresh and airy...
Virgin Jazz Face, 11-2-2022
... "An album about coming into being, growing, trust and longing," as she says. No question: something is growing here!
Hessischer Rundfunk, 10-2-2022
... The songs are characterized by spare arrangements and exposed vocals, which makes listening to this collection of songs a real pleasure...
... Her singing is impressive, a great talent. At the same time, she comes across as immensely self-confident. Light, colorful jazz with flexible melody lines and a touch of world music...
... Her debut album Grow is out these days and is full of beautiful melodic songs...
... on her 1st CD she comes up with a whole bunch of sophisticated and intelligent songs...
... Whether with or without words, de Boer creates a musical universe that goes beyond the immediate meaning of the lyrics.
De Boer has a clean voice, good timing and phrasing that come into its own in melodic songs.