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When Did You Leave Heaven
Lisa Ekdahl
When Did You Leave Heaven
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
 
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Despite the fact that they're currently seeing more than their fair share of stale reproductions, standards became standards because they lend themselves to endless interpretations. Still, after countless recordings, it ta...  more »

      
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All Artists: Lisa Ekdahl
Title: When Did You Leave Heaven
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: RCA Victor Europe
Original Release Date: 10/28/1997
Re-Release Date: 2/27/2006
Album Type: Import
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Traditional Jazz & Ragtime, Vocal Jazz, Oldies, Vocal Pop, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 743214317525, 766487733526, 632427249627

Synopsis

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Despite the fact that they're currently seeing more than their fair share of stale reproductions, standards became standards because they lend themselves to endless interpretations. Still, after countless recordings, it takes a singer with both the courage and the right voice to breathe new life into them. Such singers are rare, but Swedish vocalist Lisa Ekdahl is undoubtedly among them. Weaving and twisting its way through lyrics that are often older than she is, Ekdahl's high lilting voice lends a unique articulation and a remarkably fresh sound to these classics. From Cole Porter's coy "Love for Sale" to Arthur Hamilton's bluesy "Cry Me a River" or the romantic Richard Whiting/Walter Bullock penned title track, Ekdahl proves herself capable of covering a broad spectrum of emotions--a versatility that gives this album both the familiarity of an old friend and the rush of a new love, a rare combination indeed. --Bill Snyder

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CD Reviews

Too little Lisa, but a smooth jazz CD
05/13/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Fans of Lisa Ekdahl probably know her for her folksy style in Swedish (and I recommend anything she's done in Swedish wholeheartedly). This first English-language product is missing some of the key elements that attract listeners to her Swedish-language stuff, e.g. her excellent pitch flourishes and light accoustic guitar accompaniment, but this album is a stand-alone work anyway. Jazzier and less folksy in style, Lisa shows off her musical breadth here a bit."
Entrancing
HiRez | California, USA | 08/07/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"OK so I was seduced by her voice, but this is a beautiful album. It's not quite as strong as her other English-language CD, "Back to Earth" IMO, but it is nonetheless excellent...she's still expressive and sultry, and the backing trio is very very solid. If you want some background music while you read on Sunday morning in your flannel pjs, or while you decorate the Christmas tree, this is it. "Cry Me a River", "Lush Life", "Blame it on My Youth", and the title track are standouts. If I can't marry her, can I at least get her to make another CD with the Nordahl Trio? Please??"
Swedish Singer singing American Jazz
John D. Dooley | Southern California United States | 05/08/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"With a sweet little girl voice, something like a younger sounding Rickie Lee Jones, Swedish singer Lisa Ekdahl does refreshing interpretations on her 2nd English only Jazz standard CD. She doesn't have the wind or power of an Ella Fitzgerald, but she makes up for it in a different way, with charm. The other major highlight is the back up trio: Peter Nordahl on piano, Ronnie Gardiner on drums, & Patrik Boman on bass. Peter Nordahl at times sounds like a wild Bill Evans, kicking on & off the melodies. He makes a very interesting listen & what I believe is the well welcome stand out. If you like this CD, try the one before: "Back to Earth"."