Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Sheila's Most Emotionally Harrowing Album
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Sheila Jordan has recorded a handful of albums using only the bass for musical accompaniment. Of them all, this one is the most thrilling. Perhaps Old Time Feeling is more musically varied, but this '70s outing finds the singer at her most emotionally direct. Her singing is stripped of all curlicue and adornment, with a little grit thrown in. "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life" is particularly searching, almost disturbing in its examination of a relationship that finds the singer not giving any value to a life spent apart from the "you" being sung to. I've never heard another version that brings up quite the same questions and feelings. The album is essential just for this song. But the prickly excitement of "Hold Out Your Hand," the haunting mystery of "The Saga of Harrison Crabfeathers," and the delirious abandon of "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone" are worth the price as well. This is one of Sheila's top three albums."
A small gem of modern vocal jazz
D. Zhukov | Brooklyn,NY | 01/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an obscure record, but most all Sheila Jordan records are obscurities even to the majority of jazz listeners.
The cohesion of Jordan and her bass accompanyist Arild Andersen is uncanny, the material is as challenging as anything in Jordan's song book, and the result is a top tier chamber vocal jazz disk. Really.
For the champions of singers like Jeanne Lee and Sheila Jordan this record is a small treasure, for all others it probably won't sound like much."