Lisa Ekdahl – Grand Songs (2021) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Lisa Ekdahl – Grand Songs (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/44,1kHz | Time – 37:10 minutes | 390 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Masterworks

Twenty years after her debut, Lisa Ekdah revisits pop gems past and present with the usual playfulness, finesse and class that we have become accustomed to from her. On Grand Songs, the Swede is covering a lot of ground, with versions of numbers by Billie Eilish (Wish You Were Gay), The Beatles (I Should Have Known Better), Bob Dylan (Most of the Time) and Beyonc’e (If I Were a Boy), as well as Diana Ross and the Supremes (Stop! In the Name of Love), The Monkees (Take a Giant Step) and James Taylor (You Can Close Your Eyes). Like any jazz singer worth their salt, Ekdahl excels with this tricky material and takes advantage of it in order to showcase her unique vocal timbres. The backing here alternates between jazz quintet and large string orchestra with intimate sequences giving way to a dash of lush hedonism. Ekdahl is at her best when she dares to surprise, as on the delightful bossa nova version of I Should Have Known Better and her very 1950s jazz cover of If I Were a Boy. These two tracks are the clear the highlights of a delightful record. – Marc Zisman

1. Lisa Ekdahl – Wish You Were Gay
2. Lisa Ekdahl – You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’
3. Lisa Ekdahl – If I Were a Boy
4. Lisa Ekdahl – Stop! In the Name of Love
5. Lisa Ekdahl – Most of the Time
6. Lisa Ekdahl – I Should Have Known Better
7. Lisa Ekdahl – Till the Rivers All Run Dry
8. Lisa Ekdahl – Dream a Little Dream of Me
9. Lisa Ekdahl – Take a Giant Step
10. Lisa Ekdahl – You Can Close Your Eyes