Jan Eisen: Summer Me, Winter Me (2007)
A long-time entertainer who started in the business at age nine, Eisen took time off to raise a family. But she's back in full Swing (note the capital "S") with a marvelous band, making magic on chestnuts like the joyful "Deed I Do," getting a bit sassy on "Loving That Man of Mine," drinking deeply from the jazz tradition with "Skylark," or grooving coolly on the title track.
The members of the bandguitarist Jamie Findlay, bassist/cellist Benjamin May, drummer Kendall Kay and percussionist Alex Acunakeep a sustained, understated mood start to finish. Acuna's percussion leans things toward the Latin side at times.
Then there's the voice: Eisen's pipes have a silky smoothness and a ringingly clear intonation. And she has a way with a phrase: she sings of "breathing my name with a song" on "Deep Purple"a 1960s top-ten radio hit by April Stevens and Nino Tempo. Jan Eisen and her band breathe a relaxed magic into the entire set on Summer Me, Winter Me.
Track Listing: Papa Can You Hear Me; You Must Believe in Spring; Deed I Do; Cocktails for Two; With a Song in My Heart; Loving Me, Loving You, Loving Me; Can't Help Loving That Man of Mine; Darn That Dream; Lullaby of Leaves; Isn't It a Pity; On the Street Where You Live; Skylark; Summer Me Winter Me; Deep Purple; Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White.
Personnel: Jan Eisen: vocals; Jamie Findlay: guitar; Benjamin May: acoustic bass, cello; Kendall Kay: drums; Special Guest: Alex Acuna: percusssion.
Record Label: Self Produced