By Joan As Police Woman
There are a few high-ranking names you could try if asked who Joan Wasser makes you think of, but the piano says Nina Simone, even though 'Flushed Chest' uses several other instruments in a finished product that can still leave you feeling as if you've witnessed voice and piano in secluded emotional contact.
Before a note is sung, piano is joined by drums and a Hammond organ. Just a few seconds of vocal precede the saxophone, and a bass tiptoes in; later there's violin and what could be an oboe. A fair amount of craft has gone into this production, with the effect that the song can also be heard as a sort of chilled two-tone number.
Only the piano accompanies 'Ride', also from the triumphant album Real Life. This b-side is a live take for a French radio station, very listenable, with good emotion once again and a James Taylorish feel to it - but it's 'Flushed Chest' with all the instrumentation that comes over as the more intimate of the two.