A Social Call Jazzmeia Horn Concord Rarely does a debut album arrive with such assurance and high-level talent as vocalist Jazzmeia Horn’s A Social Call. With its 10-track mix of standards, traditionals, originals and medleys, the collection has the feel of an intimate live performance. More than a year of planning went into the preparation for the 26year-old Texan’s debut recording, using a sixpiece backing group led by pianist Victor Gould. Horn’s voice has a bracing sense of clarity and enormous range. It’s no surprise that she won the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Competition. Her rendition of East of the Sun, along with a couple of scat choruses, features Gould’s piano solo. An uptempo version of I Remember You delivers some smart choruses, plus a fine drum solo from Jerome Jennings. Up Above My Head swings smartly, adding Frank Lacy’s trombone solo to Horn’s vocal. The title track moves at high speed and showcases Horn’s improvised lyrics. There is storytelling, message delivery, recitation, fluid vocals and scat singing plus spirited small group backing — and sometimes all these styles plus modernistic electronics, evident in a medley including the jazz standard Afro Blue, where perhaps some of the repetitive scat phraseology and high-treble vocal effects could have been moderated to achieve a better outcome. There are several great musical moments, some of which can be traced to Horn’s vocal heroes: Bobby McFerrin, Abbey Lincoln and especially Betty Carter. This album announces the arrival of an obvious new musical talent.