Critically acclaimed jazz and blues singer/composer Eileen Howard has released her fifth CD, BIG CITY LOVE, an eclectic musical tribute to love in, and for, the city. This is her first release in New York.
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This intensely personal collection of jazz, funk and blues includes four original love songs composed and arranged by Howard. Originally a transplant from Ohio, who has lived all over the world, she selected songs on the album to celebrate her adopted city of New York. Howard conceived and arranged a funky version of the classic Kander and Ebb standard, New York, New York. Her unique arrangement of Roger and Hart’s Manhattan, using translations of some of its words, is a tribute to the waves of immigrants who wanted to ‘take Manhattan’. Other songs include, I’ll Take it All, a musical theater composition by up-and-coming New York composers Sam Carner and Derek Gregor and Till Now, a world premier by Nashville composer Thomas O’Connell. Big City and Sunday in New York were arranged by internationally recognized music director, composer and artist, Michael Raye, who also plays keyboard on the album and was the recording and mixing engineer.
Other talented personnel on the album are Nat Janoff on guitar, Eddy Khaimovich on bass, Darrell Smith on drums, Daniel Bennett on flute and sax, and Matthew Owens on trumpet.
Jazz Journalist, Marcia Hillman, wrote about Big City Love, “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.”
Lance Liddle of Bebop Spoken Here writes, “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!”