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Sheila Jordan / Harvie S: Yesterdays

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With Yesterdays, singer Sheila Jordan yet again proves she can take a worn-to-a-sow's-ear standard and--voila!--turn it into a diamond-encrusted silk purse. Her partners in that magic are Harvie S and his beautifully resonating double bass--both assisting ever so deftly in the creative conversion.Offering previously unreleased material from a 1990 live performance, Jordan and S grab onto more than a dozen Great American Songbook warhorses, proving (among other things) that there are additional treasures hidden in these regularly-explored goldmines. The differences in this duo's renditions come from the rare talents of explorers Jordan and S; when these are combined, ...

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Sheila Jordan: Winter Sunshine

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Sheila Jordan has reasons to celebrate: her 80th birthday, a new record company connection and this new CD release, her 21st album under her own name. Taped live at a Montreal jazz club in February of this year, Jordan is joined by a trio of Steve Amirault (piano), Kieran Overs (bass) and Andre White (drums) for an eclectic collection of standards, originals and little-done material along with interspersed dialogue. Jordan has retained the little girl quality in her voice which belies her age. She is adept at scatting as she slips, slides and swoops ...

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Sheila Jordan: Winter Sunshine

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Sheila Jordan has stamped her class as a jazz singer over a career that has spanned 60 years. She has an articulate sense of phrasing and rhythm and she can ad lib at the turn of a note, but it is the emotion she draws out of a lyric that makes her standout. Jordan proves her calibre all over again with Winter Sunshine a CD she recorded live at Upstairs, a jazz club in Montreal, in February 2008.

The selection of well-honed standards and originals are prime material. Jordan embodies the words of a song and brings a sense of ...

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Sheila Jordan: A Life of Honest Expression

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Her voice really cooks but what is the recipe for the way Sheila Jordan picks songs and transforms them into something special and swinging? Well, you take a quarter Cherokee child raised in poverty in Pennsylvania's coal-mining country, you add to it the definitive influence of a genius, Charlie Parker, and mix it all with a hard life, a great and creative voice able to express the soul through melodies and lyrics and... Sheila is ready to serve you plenty of good jazz and meaning.

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Sabine Kuhler & Crisp featuring Sheila Jordan: Fly Away

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Jazz vocal enthusiasts who are looking for something different might want to try this new German release featuring the singing of Sabine Kuhlich, which also has the added bonus of three guest appearances by the much-venerated Sheila Jordan.

Originally from Gera, Germany, Kuhlich was educated in Europe and the US; in addition to singing, she also plays piano, saxophone and clarinet. After her debut album, Kuhlich spent six months in New York, and two of her compositions from that period, “Uptown Local" and “Morningside Heights," appear on this album.

Her quartet, known as Crisp, consists of ...

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A Celebration of Sheila Jordan

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In his collection of essays Shadow and Act, novelist Ralph Ellison writes about certain singers, female singers, who have “an uncanny ability to provoke our love. He continues, “Their simplest songs sing in our hearts like the remembered voices of old dear friends. Sheila Jordan is such a singer. The ability to sing with great technique that is more than mere ruffles and flourishes is rare enough. Coupled with her almost unparalleled ability to examine the depth of a lyric, Jordan defines “jazz musician . By personalizing the stories, her lyric readings, especially ballads, always the greatest ...

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Sheila Jordan; Annie Ross: Celebration; Let Me Sing

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Vocalists Sheila Jordan and Annie Ross, veteran contemporaries separated in age by just over a year, are masters of vocalese with new CDs to prove it.

Sheila Jordan Celebration: Live at Triad HighNote 2005

Jordan celebrated her 76th birthday last November by recording a performance at New York's upper West Side club, The Triad. Accompanied solely by Cameron Brown's solid bass lines, Jordan successfully swoops and flits around the melodies of a diverse collection of material, starting off with Oscar Brown Jr.'s “Humdrum Blues and an up-tempo version of Ellington's “Mood Indigo . In ...

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Sheila Jordan: Confirmation

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Sheila Jordan has the purity of heart of a child expressed through adult experience. When she dedicates this 1975 recording (originally on the Japanese East Wind label) to children of all ages, it is real. Confirmation has songs written by Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday (her two greatest influences) nestled alongside offerings from American popular song (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, Jerome Kern, Frank Loesser, Arthur Dietz, and Richard Schwartz)--as well as pianist Steve Kuhn ("Pearlie's Swine, aka “The Zoo ) and something unexpected from Dr. Seuss ("Because We're Kids ). In lesser hands such a mélange of ...

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Sheila Jordan: Little Song

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There's a lot to be said for experience. That may be especially true for singers. The knowledge of how to get inside a song and really convey the meaning of a lyric isn't something most younger singers, even those with pretty voices (and faces) can do with the skill of a seasoned performer like Sheila Jordan, who celebrated her 75th birthday with a fine new release, Little Song, and a grand two-night stand last month at the Jazz Standard with Steve Kuhn's trio. Jordan's voice itself is limited, even fragile at times, but she knows how to ...

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Sheila Jordan: From the Heart

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From the Heart is a compilation CD that draws from three out-of-print albums Sheila Jordan recorded for the now defunct Muse label: Old Time Feeling (1982), Lost and Found (1989), and Heart Strings (1993). While these records deserve to reissued in their entirety, by culling tracks from each album, 32 Jazz has created a perfect single disc showcase for Jordan's considerable talents.

Sheila Jordan is a supremely musical singer with a light, ageless, flexible voice. A true jazz musician, her performances are constant improvisations that move in unexpected and oftentimes daring directions. Yet, no matter how far out on a ...

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Sheila Jordan: I've Grown Accustomed to the Bass

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Sheila Jordan is one of the most creative, intelligent and original singers that jazz has ever produced. Like Carmen McRae, she has the ability to deconstruct a song harmonically without sacrificing the coherence of a lyric. When she dispenses with words, Jordan's scat singing is fluid, inventive and often quite playful.

Her latest recording happily finds Sheila Jordan back in the musical format of which she is the acknowledged master--the bass/voice duo. Her partner on this outing, recorded live in concert in Belgium on November 11, 1997, is the talented bassist Cameron Brown.

Singing with only ...

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Sheila Jordan: I've Grown Accustomed To The Bass

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From a mid-1950's duo encounter with Charles Mingus, Sheila Jordan has retained an infatuation with the sound of the bass throughout her on-again, off-again career of almost five decades. At the time, the vocal/bass duo was an innovative concept, years before Peggy Lee recorded “Fever". Jordan's vision--or rather, her aural conception-was fulfilled with a 1977 album with bassist Arild Andersen. Jordan moved on to a classic series of duo albums with Harvie Swartz. When Swartz lost interest in the concept, serendipity led to Jordan's joining with Cameron Brown at a live concert in Belgium. Whether the Flemish- or French-speaking audience ...



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