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Sheila Jordan

Comes Love: Lost Session 1960

Review by Gary Hill

This release is an interesting one. It features some recently discovered recordings from jazz singer Sheila Jordan. They are particularly significant because they predate her debut album by a couple years. The music here leans on the mellower jazz concepts. The vocals are the real selling point throughout, and this is a strong release largely because of them.

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Track by Track Review
I'm The Girl
Intriguing piano opens the album. The vocals come in over the top of a sparse piano arrangement. Other instruments join after the one-minute mark. This remains slow and balladic, and still rather understated in terms of its jazz arrangement. The piano delivers some serious emotion later.
It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
This has some scat singing and more of a driving jazz groove. It's a lot of fun.
Ballad of the Sad Young Man
We get a slow moving, evocative ballad here that is packed full of passion and style.
Comes Love
I love the classy, swinging blues groove of this cut. This is all class.
Don't Explain
The rich piano melodies as this track gets underway work really well.
Sleeping Bee
I dig the piano arrangement on this cut. This is up-tempo and classy as it gets underway.
When the World Was Young
A piano and vocal arrangement is at the heart of this slow moving piece. The vocal performance on this one is among my favorites here. It's packed full of style and emotion.
I'll Take Romance
We get a tasty up-tempo groove on this piece.
These Foolish Things
Another slow moving jazz ballad, this is also another effective piece.
Glad to Be Unhappy
The concept here is not greatly changed, but the track is another effective one.
They Can't Take That Away from Me
A bouncy, up-tempo bluesy jazz groove is on the menu here. It's a fun romp.

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