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Portrait Of Sheila [LP]
Vinyl + Audio CD | LP (12" album, 33 rpm)
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Right in time for Jazz Appreciation Month the Blue Note LP series continues on with five new titles. During the Blue Note 75th anniversary celebration the label released 100 essential Blue Note LPs and asked New York Times readers what titles they'd like to see make the list. These five new reissues were hand-selected by Blue Note President, Don Was, based on New York Times reader recommendations.
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Once upon a time , i owned this remarkable recording . We parted company owing to the fact that my judgement was most poor and i was impulsive (no pun intended) .
There's four stars here :
Barry Galbraith (electric and acoustic guitars)
Steve Swallow (acoustic bass)
Denzil Best (drums) and the extrodinary
Ms. Jordan (vocals)
Recorded in the great state of New Jersey on September 19th and October 12th 1962 , ALL of these artists can be heard at their very best more than 50 years on .
Rather than waste time telling you about this VERY special , intimate and deeply rewarding work of art , i'd rather challenge you to find fault with it .
From the Vocal history of Bessie Smith to Pioneer Jay Clayton, Sheila Jordan stands out as an
uncompromising voice in the free expression of lyrics, melody, vocal sound, tempo, and the improvisation
of those elements, which makes her the innovator and inspiration,that she is.
Her choice of repertoire for this 1962 Blue Note date is nearly impeccable, not to mention the revelatory
fact, that she was the first vocalist to be recorded on the Blue Note label. I have MANY favorites on this
date, but the character and instincts she displays on "If You Could See Me Now", and "Dat Dere", simply
swept me away, and her inherent sense for the dramatic, absolutely stuns me! Historically speaking, this
CD work is a treasure to be listened to and reminded of what the art of Jazz singing is all about...
in a beautiful "Portrait".
Fred Farell, Gospel Jazz Vocalist
This first recording of hers is the best introduction to her music: Relatively short tracks, a nice mix of tempos, and a magical sampling of how she can do with her voice what Charlie Parker did with a saxophone. She ranges effortlessly from intimate and soulful to showy and playful. Highlights include "Am I Blue" and "Dat Dere," but--Lord!--don't make me really choose a favorite.
It had to be more than ten years ago that I first wandered into The Green Mill (a small, but legendary Chicago club) and had my introduction to Sheila. The stars were aligned and the gods were smiling. I'll never forget that night. She has mastered her voice as a jazz instrument, and she can hypnotize you with it at will.
The next day I went out and bought this album. Then soon got the rest. You should too. Seriously, for--what?--twelve dollars?--you can buy yourself a whole lot of happy here. Then go out and do your part to spread the gospel of Sheila Jordan.
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