Canadians have been familiar with Shirley Eikhard's work as a singer/composer for about thirty years. Her compositions have been performed by Bonnie Raitt, Anne Murray, Rita Coolidge, Chet Atkins and Emmylou Harris. Although still writing in many genres, Shirley has lately limited her record and stage performances to jazz. Among her influences are Paul Desmond, Chet Baker, Chick Corea and Cleo Laine. Always known as a perfectionist by her many fans, Shirley never sacrifices quality and surrounds herself with a stable of Canada's finest jazz musicians. The performers on this CD are among the cream of the crop of Toronto's busiest jazzmen. "The Last Hurrah" is already receiving rave review and airplay on jazz radio stations across North America.
As most tunes are recent, I won't bother listing titles that will be obviously unfamiliar. However, there are three items from earlier years including "If I Had My Way," "Walkin' In Your Daddy's Shoes" and "Tomorrow Is A Lonely Place." These have been reworked in fresh arrangements for this session.
As always, Ed Bickert's work is outstanding. Bickert is known to all jazz guitar fans everywhere and his past recordings are collector's items around the world. Mark Eisenman's fine piano is also a standout on this recording. The exciting solos by Kevin Turcotte and Mike Murley are alone worth the price of the CD.
Faithful to her tradition and good instinct, Shirley's vocals always tell a story. This woman will never yield to the temptation of producing material that is "good enough."
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