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Soul Eyes by Maria Guida

When Maria Guida sings the standards, it’s readily apparent that the passion this songstress has for this genre of music is strong and heartfelt. Guida’s velvet vocals on each of the classic tracks on Soul Eyes, her debut recording, are exquisite showing a depth of emotion as if these arrangements were written just for her.

Guida, along with her talented quartet, perform 12 standards from the American songbook on Soul Eyes. "How Little We Know" is the first track and sets the mood for a romantic and soulful experience. Next, Guida shows she can scat, and with lots of passion on John Coltrane’s "Bessie’s Blues." This is a definite finger-snapping, toe tapping offering and with the superb piano of James Weidman and drums by Tony Moreno, would surely make Coltrane smile.

Guida sings the title track, "Soul Eyes" by Mal Waldron with pure love and an intense passion for her craft. Ron Horton's flugelhorn blends beautifully with Guida's silky vocals for a memorable version of this arrangement. Rogers and Harts' "Spring Is Here" is reborn as Guida breathes new life into this classic along with Dean Johnson providing a lovely bass solo. "No Moon At All" by David Mann shows more of Guida’s impressive range. Her smooth vocals glide through this song leading to some sensational scatting, and along with her excellent quartet make this one of the highlights on this classy CD. Another standout, and with more of Guidas’ awesome scatting is "Four" by the legendary Miles Davis. In addition to these songs, the remainder of the 12 tracks on Soul Eyes including "The Way You Look Tonight," "Let’s Get Lost," "The Night We Called It A day," and more comprise almost one hour of pure style and emotion that is heartfelt and inspired.

Soul Eyes is a real treat for the ears. Maria Guida knows how to sing a standard and does so with an apparent understanding, lots of emotion and undeniable esteem for these wonderful standards.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Maria Guida
  • CD Title: Soul Eyes
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2007
  • Record Label: Larknote Records
  • Tracks: How Little We Know, Inside a Silent Tear, Bessie’s Blues, Soul Eyes, Let’s Get Lost, East of the Sun, Spring Is Here, The Way You Look Tonight, The Night We Called It a Day, No Moon At All, Four, A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing
  • Musicians: Maria Guida (vocals), James Weidman (piano), Ron Horton (flugelhorn), Dean Johnson (bass), Tony Moreno (drums)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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