The recording of the “Soul, Peace and Love” trilogy is a musical journey that unfolds like a road movie, from Paris to Pointe-à-Pitre, and goes through Richmond, Washington, Berlin NJ, Cleveland and Los Angeles. Each stop describes a new adventure full of chance encounters and moving reunions. The jazzy inflections sets McComb apart from her peers. Whereas, most soul singers simply call upon their church roots, McComb calls upon the church and the Cotton Club stylings of Billie Holiday and other jazz greats to color her tunes. The improvisation, the syncopated chord patterns, the hushed moans, the cathartic wails and the aggressively Pentecostal approach to the keyboard makes her work something beyond this astral plane.
Life can be a roller coaster, so McComb takes us up and down to convey certain moods, the highs and the low. Perhaps, the most poignant lyric in the entire oeuvre is when McComb passionately asks, “What would I give in exchange for my soul?” on the tripped - down southern blues of “The Rich Man.” It’s a question for us all as we wrestle with life’s temptations of materialism, self-indulgence and selfishness.