Singer/songwriter Shirley Eikhard brings a special vibrancy to jazz. Her intimate vocal style is made for a small room filled with listeners who want to enjoy the pleasures. The title track for this, her 10th album, gives a clue. It's a smooth jazz session for that time of day when you just want to forget what's been happening. Yeah, there are more days like that than preferred. Eikhard fills the room with nine of her compositions. Mostly instrumentals, the songs feature guitar or harmonica with a balanced accompaniment from keyboard, bass, and drums. Eikhard plays every instrument. She did it all in her home studio. A singer's approach to the instrument can be appreciated, since the lyrical feeling comes naturally. Eikhard convinces. Her wordless vocal on "Tiger, Gentle Tiger" blends with harmonica to recall "Bluesette." Her lyrics to "Some New Thrill" portrays one side of the song, while her paired wordless vocals and guitar represent the other. Several of the songs recall an old-fashioned cowboy ballad framework, while "The Hills of Hockley" recalls Old English folkways. Audio samples for several of the album's tracks are available at www.shirleyeikhard.com .
Track Listing: Some New Thrill; Song for Lesley; End of the Day; Detour Home; She's Back In Five; Sculpting a Masterpiece; Tiger, Gentle Tiger; The Hills of Hockley; What Was I Thinking?; End of the Day (reprise); Some New Thrill (single version).
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.