some people and some albums that instantly
give you a feeling of calm and joy, even
when the subject matter or instrumentation
suggests quite the opposite. That is how
I feel about Elizabeth Shepherd's older
albums, so when she released Parkdale
(Do Right! Music), I wanted that
I am a fairly new to this twenty-something
jazz musician from Toronto. After hearing
her on some house and dance remixes, I
decided to check her out and to my liking
– she's right up my alley. I realize
that what attracts me to Shepherd's music
is her voice when it is strong and prominent
in a song, when the piano coordinates
with her voice, not the other way around
– if that makes sense.
Parkdale, I wasn't sure what
to expect or how I'd receive it since
the majority of her stuff I dug were remixes.
But I'd also seen her live last summer
doing strictly straight jazz and felt
moved, so I gave it a go. My favorite
tracks that I recommend you checking out
are the title track, "Parkdale"
and the "Parkdale" remix with
Nostalgia 77. The remix is better, but
both have a great groove after the chorus.
Other tracks worth mentioning are, "Just
One Song", "Shining Tear of
the Sun" (the piano makes this song
stand out), and "Mirror Living",
which has a tempo change that makes the
song a bit interesting. Plus on "Mirror
Living", there is a featured trumpet
that sets that old smoky jazz club feel
that makes me want to get up and dance.
It'll take a few more listens, but I'll
get it all absorbed.
I'll give it three out of five GeoGlobes.
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