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Lisa Ekdahl was a pop star in her native Sweden before she decided to crossover into the jazz field. Her debut jazz effort, When Did You Leave Heaven, (in spite of so-so reviews) sold over 100.000 copies worldwide. Lisa shows signs of improvement throughout Back to Earth, yet for some listeners her squeaky, girlish voice may be a bit of an acquired taste. This is one singer whom I suspect has listened to one to many Billie Holiday records. Unlike "Lady Day" however, her wispy voice and mannered, clipped delivery don't always manage to carry the weight of the lyrics on this collection of evergreens and standards. As was the case with her previous CD, Ekdahl is accompanied by the Peter Nordahl Trio and they supply her with solid, unobtrusive support. Repeated listenings reveal a certain charm and warmth hidden beneath Ekdahl's cool, stereotypical, Nordic exterior. * * *
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com