Sheila Jordan – Portrait of Sheila (Full Album)

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Portrait of Sheila is the 1963 debut album of American jazz singer Sheila Jordan, released by Blue Note Records. In the 1963 Down Beat magazine Critics Poll, she was ranked first in the vocal category for “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition”. She did not record again as a leader for more than a dozen years (

AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow:
Sheila Jordan’s debut recording was one of the very few vocal records made for Blue Note during Alfred Lion’s reign. Accompanied by the subtle guitarist Barry Galbraith, bassist Steve Swallow, and drummer Denzil Best, Jordan sounds quite distinctive, cool-toned, and adventurous during her classic date. Her interpretations of Oscar Brown, Jr.’s “Hum Drum Blues” and 11 standards (including “Falling in Love With Love,” “Dat Dere,” “Baltimore Oriole,” and “I’m a Fool to Want You”) are both swinging and haunting. Possibly because of her originality, Sheila Jordan would not record again for over a dozen years, making this highly recommended set quite historic.

Track listing:
“Falling in Love with Love” (Rodgers, Hart) – 2:31
“If You Could See Me Now” (Dameron, Sigman) – 4:32
“Am I Blue” (Clarke, Akst) – 4:12
“Dat Dere” (Timmons) – 2:43
“When the World Was Young” (M. Philippe-Gérard, Mercer) – 4:43
“Let’s Face the Music and Dance” (Berlin) – 1:14
“Laugh, Clown, Laugh” (Lewis, Young, Ted Fiorito) – 3:11
“Who Can I Turn To?” (Wilder, Engvick) – 3:21
“Baltimore Oriole” (Carmichael, Webster) – 2:34
“I’m a Fool to Want You” (Jack Wolf, Joel Herron, Sinatra) – 4:55
“Hum Drum Blues” (Brown Jr.) – 2:15
“Willow Weep for Me” (Ronell) – 3:28

Sheila Jordan – voice
Barry Galbraith – guitar
Steve Swallow – bass
Denzil Best – drums

“Dat Dere” features Jordan and Swallow alone.

Released: January 1963
Recorded: September 19 and October 12, 1962
Studio Van Gelder Studio
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Length: 39:39
Label: Blue Note
Producer: Alfred Lion