Eve Haslam – Beautiful Love
Released – August, 2014
From small-town New York to Las Vegas, by way of North Carolina and Vermont; to jazz by way of classical, to recording artist and Vegas act by way of calling a Jeep home.
It seems fair to say that Eve Haslam has lived quite a life, which she brings to her work as a vocalist; a depth of emotion that those without that resume couldn’t muster. Combine that with pinpoint control, and…well, it’s quite a package.
Backed by only piano (Bill Covington) and bass (Shannon Hoover), Ms. Haslam is framed nicely in this set of eleven love songs.
Favorites include Ellington’s “Solitude,” along with the Mercer/Mancini classic “Moon River,” and the original “Bossa Nova Sundays,” written by North Carolina artist Matthew Briendel.
“It’s time to follow my career to the next natural platform and after two years of researching, Las Vegas has been the obvious choice,” Ms. Haslam writes. We should all have such boldness to grab life by the horns. Talent aplenty, but it’s the story behind it all that gives that velvety voice a voice.
I have no doubt that what happens to her will stay (and thrive) in Vegas. This album is very highly recommended.
The three tracks mentioned above, and in bold have been added to the playlist at 62nd Street Radio.
I continue to be impressed with the work of Jeremy Fox – whose album, “With Love,” currently has several tracks in heavy rotation at 62nd Street Radio. Kate Reid is one of my favorites. Here she is – with Mr. Fox conducting at the University of Miami. When it all comes together like this (Sergio Mendes’ “So Many Stars”), it makes me want a cigarette afterward, and I haven’t smoked in years.