Jazzmeia Horn and Her Noble Force: ‘Dear Love’ (Empress Legacy)

Although efforts to fuse spoken-word performance with jazz have often resulted in calamitous failures, Dear Love, the third album by singer Jazzmeia Horn, largely avoids common pitfalls. Even when she speaks or sings clichés, she imbues her phrasing with such devotional urgency that listeners may forgive the mediocre poetry. Her Noble Force band, a varied

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