Shirley Eikhard: Going Home
Nor is that all. The bittersweet ballad "Emily Remembers" is a heart-rending story of an Alzheimer's victim; it approaches folk territory in instrumentation (guitar) and feel - and in the topicality of its subject matter. "Disciples of Cain" contains a similarly wrenching lyric, this time about abuse. Folk traces appear again on "If We Had Never Met" and the harmonica(!)-based "Going Home."
Ed Bickert plays a respectful, understated guitar, ably setting off Eikhard's subtly passionate voice. Marcus Printup contributes some stellar trumpet to "Disciples of Cain" and "Nothin' Like Love." Mike Murley's bluesy sax enlivens "About Last Night." Also on hand are Bob Erlendson (piano), George Koller (bass), and Mark Kelso (drums).
No fan of jazz vocals should miss Shirley Eikhard!
Record Label: Blue Note Records