Sheila Jordan & Harvie S - Yesterdays
Artist: Sheila Jordan & Harvie S
Title Of Album: Yesterdays
Year Of Release: 2012
Label: HighNote Records
Genre: Jazz / Vocal Jazz
Bitrate: VBRkbps / 44.1kHz / Joint-Stereo
Total Time: 55:12 min
Total Size: 85,7 MB
02. Better Than Anything
03. The Very Thought of You
04. You Don't Know What Love Is
05. It Don't Mean a Thing
06. Fats Waller Medley
07. Mood Indigo
08. Waltz for Debby
09. I Concentrate On You
10. Lazy Afternoon
11. Blue Skies
12. Fred Astaire Medley
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, old gold seems brilliantly new.
Much has been written and deservedly so about Jordan and her incredible bop tinged vocal instrument. Here, with the finesse and balletic skill of a Cirque du Soleil gymnast ("Better Than Anything," "You Don't Know What Love Is"), she embraces her melodies superbly and still provides constant surprises. That's a musical instrument at work. That expected next note or ensuing phrase gets surprising embellishment register or dynamic alteration. Only the greatest jazz artists saxophonist Charlie Parker being an example (and a major influence on a young Jordan), along with vocalists Ella Fitzgerald and Sara Vaughan were also blessed with that skill.
Jordan has frequently stated her love of the bass and the freedom it provides as a musical partner. The profundity of its sound, and its rhythmic/harmonic drive, become a launch platform for her escapades above. It is as if Jordan embraces S' bass sound in the same manner that the bassist caresses his instrument. Yesterdays is indeed a silk purse one encrusted with the musical jewels that these two musicians have gathered.~Nicholas F.Mondello
Personnel: Sheila Jordan: vocals; Harvie S: bass.
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