First Listen - Tony Ozier and Rain Ezra ask the question

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(August 29, 2020) Tony Ozier’s musical journey began in a usual place. He started playing drums at his church and in school and eventually taught himself how to play guitar by the time he decided to embark on a professional music career at the age of 20. That journey has taken him around the world and led him to soak up knowledge like a sponge; it was a journey that ultimately brought Ozier to Portland.

Soultrackers know about Portland and its vibrant jazz, soul and R&B music scene such as Esperanza Spalding, Jarrod Lawson and Tahirah Memory. With “What is Love,” his duet ballad featuring Rain Ezra, another Portlander, Ozier adds to the vibrancy of that scene.

(August 29, 2020) Tony Ozier’s musical journey began in a usual place. He started playing drums at his church and in school and eventually taught himself how to play guitar by the time he decided to embark on a professional music career at the age of 20. That journey has taken him around the world and led him to soak up knowledge like a sponge; it was a journey that ultimately brought Ozier to Portland.

Soultrackers know about Portland and its vibrant jazz, soul and R&B music scene such as Esperanza Spalding, Jarrod Lawson and Tahirah Memory. With “What is Love,” his duet ballad featuring Rain Ezra, another Portlander, Ozier adds to the vibrancy of that scene.

Ozier and Ezra’s answer to the musical question posed in the title will bring smiles to the faces of fans of music that embraces good romance. The arrangement itself has a dreamy, old school feel with backing vocals providing that engage in a flittering dialogue with the a seductively bass line. All of this provides a sweet foundation for the conversation between Ozier and Ezra as they seek to answer the question. Give “What is Love” a listen. Once again Portland artists putting in that work.

By Howard Dukes

Tony Ozier feat. Rain Ezra
"What Is Love"

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