Barbara Martin’s CD, Eyes on the Horizon, is a jazz vocals that is marvelously and brilliantly mixed with a combination of swing, ballads, Latin, and a jazz waltz. It has been produced by Barbara Martin herself, as well as co-produced by Mac Walker.
Barbara Martin’s songs are originals. She has written each and every song on this CD except for two: “Eyes on the Horizon,” written by Joel Evans, and “Painting a Picture,” written by Mac Walker. Within this CD, Barbara Martin holds on to what some may call “the old jazz style,” though slightly mixed with a bit of the new, one can hardly notice it.
Unlike some jazz artists these days, Martin refuses to lose that groove. She has a “soulful voice” that fits just right for her songs. Her songs focus on love, relationships, mysteries and life experiences. Every song on this CD is completely full of passion especially, “The Fire Burning in Me,” “One for Me,” and “Painting a Picture.” As stated by Jim Newsom, “Barbara Martin doesn’t just entertain us; she helps us remember how to dream.” Her music delivers waves of joy and happiness. Jim Newsom says they are similar in register and tone to that of Ella Fitzgerald.
Barbara Martin reveals hidden secrets deep within her music; secrets of passion and fulfillment. Listening to this collection of songs will put anyone in the mood to sit back and relax with a cup of tea or coffee, and with hope the moment never ends. One will feel the need to immediately replay it over and over, and over again (as I have) when one reaches the end. One may even find themselves anxiously waiting for the next Barbara Martin CD to enjoy. I guarantee that anyone can and will enjoy this collection of songs by one of the most talented jazz artists.