The highlight of this recording is the extended Tenor solo of Mike Murley on "Jake's Lament:" The saxophone managed to convey his message despite the rebarbative slapping backbeat of the drums, which was not at all apropos to the sense of the tune. The rest of the ensemble managed to carry the tune on their shoulders.
Miss Eikhard has a voice texture that is certainly attuned to the jazz metier but the compositions on this disc did her no favors.
She has a silky voice that could be a killer on standards or "in veritas jazz". One would hope that Eikhard would find her niche in the jazz mode rather than the choppy rhythms engendered on this CD.
The timbre or texture of her sound is quite pleasing and one can imagine the possibilities of her range if she were allowed to stretch out a bit.
I strongly feel that this fine singer has a place in the Jazz medium. her tonality would be an asset in a ballad like "You Don't Know What Love Is" or some elegant piece attuned to her vocal style.
She is a talent searching for a niche and it is a distinct possibility that she will find it in the beauty of a Johnny Mercer or a Cole Porter composition, and that would showcase her inherent talent to the maximum.