As we first announced here last March, Muruch’s musical mascot Allison Crowe has recorded an all-new, live album of her annual Tidings concert. The album features 19 in-concert performances and previously unreleased audio from Crowe’s popular “Hallelujah” video.
Though Tidings does include some holiday songs, which I’m not into, it has several other great, non-seasonal covers as well as Allison Crowe originals. My personal favorites are her covers of Joni Mitchell’s “River,” Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and Aretha Franklin’s “I Never Loved a Man (Like I Love You),” the mp3s of which you can download below.
Other highlights include Allison’s renditions of The Beatles’ “Let It Be” and “In My Life” and John Lennon’s “Imagine.”
The album also features a gorgeous, epic, extended, live version of “Disease” (originally featured on Live at Wood Hall and Little Light), which begins with a haunting piano instrumental intro of “Carol of the Bells.” You can stream or download the song via the SoundCloud widget below.
“Believe in Spring, believe in love, believe in you, believe in Jazz.” So concludes the tour the force that is Believe in Jazz by Sheila Jordan. Recorded in Switzerland in 2003 during her 75th birthday tour, the album features one hour of great music.
The cornerstone of the set is a ten-minute track incorporating a Native American chant, a cover of “Blackbird” and the wordless wonder “Reel Time.”
A friend of Charlie Parker, Jordan ‘s version of Abbey Lincoln’s “Bird Alone” is an intimate affair. Another highlight of the album is “Everything Happens to Me” on which the lyric is ingeniously updated from “sent an airmail special too” to “sent an email too.”
Jordan has fun on “Where You At” (not a Jennifer Hudson cover!), during which she deviates from the theme to express her love of Swiss chocolate in song, and then sings introductions to her band members – Serge Forté on piano, Gary Brunton on bass, and Karl Jannuska on drums. Each member has a chance to shine on a twelve-minute “The Touch of Your Lips.”