Guest Post By: Brendan
“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.”