ELIZABETH SHEPHERD CD RELEASE WITH DENZAL SINCLAIRE
On a cool fall evening, I decided to attend a great double bill celebrating the release of a CD from an accomplished singer/songwriter. The artists: Elizabeth Shepherd and special guest Denzal Sinclaire.
This concert celebrated Elizabeth Shepherd’s fourth album as a leader, Re: Wind. It is a departure of sorts from her original fare that was served on her past three albums. This time, it is quirky and invigorating interpretations of jazz standards, cabaret, and pop music.
Denzal Sinclaire opened the evening with a great set of standard material, accompanied with such aplomb by young bassist Devon Henderson. Through their brief set they went through Denzal’s many wonderful jazz hits, ranging from his takes of “I Got Rhythm” to “Nature Boy”. Denzal’s voice was pure like crystal, and smooth like silk. Devon’s bass playing was very rhythmic, well oiled, and full of life and vitality.
Elizabeth Shepherd, backed by long-time drummer Colin Kingsmore and bassist Gord Mowatt, became the main event with her rhythmic, soulful take on the jazz standard along with her singer/songwriter material. From when I first heard her at a restaurant years ago until now, she has matured and blossomed into a Canadian jazz treasure that manages to challenge and surprise the listener with her lyrical chances and rhythmic interplay.
Since the music speaks for itself, here is both a video of Denzal Sinclaire performing “Nature Boy” and Elizabeth Shepherd with special guest Andrew Downing performing “Lonely House”.
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