Inspiring high energy jazz vocals Jamie Shew – EYES WIDE OPEN: I’m telling you right now, folks, jazz vocals just do NOT get more inspiring that what Jamie has put together for her May 15, 2018 release… before I go through the highlights of her new album, I’d (most strongly) recommend that you watch the video below with many of the same players who are on the new release…
…a really intimate view of the performance and how it emerged; isn’t Jamie’s singing just full of life?
If “hip” & “extra cool” is your thing, you’re gonna’ love “The Flat Foot Floogie“… the best word I can think of to describe her vocal wizardry on this piece is “bubbly”… no question but what this is one of my favorite jazz vocal tunes (yet) in 2018!
Her performance on Cole Porter’s “Easy To Love” is simply stellar, especially when you consider that it’s her vibrant tribute to her husband, Roger Shew, who she sadly lost to cancer; her musical partners – Larry Koonse, Guitar Joe Bagg, Piano and Hammond B3 Organ Darek Oles, Bass Jason Harnell, Drums – help her to make this one come ALIVE!
Jamie composed the title track, “Eyes Wide Open“, which also closes the album, and is a perfect segue to “move on with new intention”… a truly beautiful song that I predict will hit the charts & stay there for a long time.
It wasn’t difficult at all to decide what my personal favorite of the thirteen songs is… the mellow and haunting arrangement on Billie Holiday’s “Detour Ahead” is simple yet beautiful, and it’s among the very best jazz vocals I’ve heard in a long time.
I give Jamie and her musical cohorts a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this fantastic (& very collectible) CD. Get more information at Jamie’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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