“Winner: Seattle's Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award for NW Recording of The Year”
“Black Lace Blue Tears..."This is an impressive debut recording by a singer who didn’t begin to work professionally until a few years ago. A West Virginia native who is now based in Seattle, Eugenie Jones brims over with confidence and authority. She sings a number of originals that are invested with aplomb and relish. Ennui, musical deconstruction, primal screaming, horn envy and emotional exhibitionism are not part of Jones’ musical vocabulary. Her strong suit is rhythm and swinging….Her medium-dynamic alto brings an unforced lyricisim to Paul Desmond’s “Take Five. 3.5 Stars””
"Eugenie Jones may be a newcomer to the active music scene, but the divorced mother of two teenage boys, who boasts an MBA and experience as a business consultant, is no newcomer to life. That’s why so many of the self-penned tunes on her debut recording bear the signs of personal authenticity. .....A lady of many talents, Jones skillfully arranged five of the set’s tracks, including an invigorating read of the difficult “Take Five.” Jones and her combo emerge as worthy flag-bearers for the Seattle area’s burgeoning jazz scene.... The singer’s keen sense of phrasing makes her extremely persuasive. Like a veteran horn soloist, she slides effortlessly from one octave to the next, always landing on the right, pitch-perfect note. A sly use of vibrato and reluctance to oversell the lyrics all add up to a vocal style that, while occasionally emotionally taut, is generally relaxed, flirtatious and easy to love."
“Nominated by music critic, Mark Holston for NPR's 8th Annual Jazz Critic Poll as Best Vocal CD and Top Ten 2013 releases.”
“Vocal Jazz CD of the Month "Eugenie Jones: Black Lace Blue Tears"”
“Seattle Washington is perhaps the best kept secret in jazz. When asked to name the jazz hot beds in the United States the usual suspect top the list in New York City, Chicago, New Orleans, Kansas City and to a slightly lesser extent Los Angeles. The city of Seattle can boast Jelly Roll Morton, Ray Charles and Quincy Jones and that is just scratching the surface. The jazz scene in Seattle is alive and well with the debut release from Seattle native vocalist Eugenie Jones. Black Lace and Blue Tears will street on May 28th 2013 and continues in the fine tradition Seattle has become famous for. Nine of the eleven tunes on the release are original compositions showcasing the unique individuality and style of a vocalist with mad skills and unlimited potential not only as a singer but as an accomplished lyricist. A near perfect ebb and flow permeates the release as Jones makes that transition from straight ahead singer to lyrical poet look effortless.”
"On her debut album, Black Lace Blue Tears, Jones flexes all of her creative muscles assembling nine originals and interpreting two standards, all at a high level. ...Jones proves she can compose in any vocal idiom infused with jazz, as shown on the Bacharach/David-tinged "A Good Day" or the Stevie Wonder-inspired "Can You Dance?" "All The Kings Men" possesses an "Angel Eyes" quality, minor key and smoky, while the title cut reflects Linda Ronstadt. Jones' interpretation of Paul Desmond's "Take Five" uses the lyrics written by Dave and Iola Brubeck. She removes the odd meter element, smoothing the piece with a warm and liquid delivery. "My Funny Valentine" holds up well to her interpretation, surely the trillionth performance of such. Jones is both daring and naive to cover the time honored ballad, but capably pulls it off because of her sheer and fearless talent. It is difficult to hear Black Lace Blue Tears as a debut recording because of its refinement.
"..Eugenie Jones, a local singer, has a voice that covers words like pieces of silk covering precious stones. But she never overdoes it, never overflows with emotion, never goes too high or too low, but always sings with a restraint that’s cosmopolitan, yet not soulless..."