big city love
An eclectic musical tribute to love and the city. Jazz, funk, blues and Latin tunes, including original new works.
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On tap here are seven beautiful covers and standards with Howard offering four originals of her own in a nice package of jazz, funk and blues performed with a core quartet rhythm section...Armed with a vocal instrument that's quite appealing, Howard lays down the lyrics with moments of passion...Eileen Howard lets it all hang out with a stylish performance on Big City Love, completing a session of standard love songs, all in a jazz vocal tribute to a city and a man that have earned a special place in her heart, well done!
Edward Blanco, All About Jazz
This lady is a singer, composer, arranger and one who makes you believe the words she is singing. Behind her are some of New Yorks finest all contributing to this rather special bite of the Big Apple. The final track sums it up - But Beautiful! Eileen's version of Sunday in New York should be adopted by the city's tourist board!
Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here
Big as the city is itself is Howard's personality..Howard's lyrics are witty, her delivery certain... a Samba-flavored wet kiss for the Big Apple. Stunning is the closing "But Beautiful."
C. Michael Bailey, Jazz Quanta
Howard has produced an impressive ode to New York and the power of an enduring relationship.
Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz
by Marcia Hillman, Jazz Journalist:
Eileen Howard is having a love affair…..with New York City! The vocalist/songwriter, who has called many places her home in her lifetime, moved to NYC in 2012 and promptly fell in love with her new hometown and her life in it.
Howard came to New York from the Midwest where her singing career blossomed by singing at various blues and jazz festivals and in an assortment of clubs and concerts. She has garnered a host of favorable reviews for her live performances and for her past four albums. In this, her fifth CD, she has chosen to celebrate her feelings with a collection of eleven songs – seven of which are familiar. The rest are her own original compositions (“Home Is You”, “Love Can Change”, “Absent Without Leave” and “In Tune”). The familiar material includes some of the best known ‘about New York City’ songs – Rodgers and Hart’s “Manhattan”, “Sunday In New York” and Kander and Ebb’s iconic “New York, New York”. Howard is also responsible for the arrangements of her originals and for the refreshing Latinized treatment of the aforementioned “New York, New York”.
She is accompanied here by a strong rhythm section comprised of Michael Raye on keyboard, guitarist Nat Janoff, bassist Eddy Khaimovich and drummer Darrell Smith; enhanced with contributions by Daniel Bennett on sax and flute and trumpeter Matthew Owens on several of the tracks.
With this latest offering, Eileen Howard continues to reach her listening audience with her storytelling ability by singing from the heart with her powerful, melodious voice. Enjoy!
Featuring the talents of:
Michael Raye - keyboard
Nat Janoff - guitar
Eddy Khaimovich - electric and acoustic basses
Darrell Smith - drums
Daniel Bennett - sax, flute
Matthew Owens - trumpet
Photography: Miriam Molnár