Maria Guida debuts this 2007 jazz season with the Larknote Records release of Soul Eyes, a very unique effort parceled up with cool. Two things should come to the listener’s attention on this spin. First the crisp, sharp, and innovative expression of this vocalist's delivery, secondly, the craftsmen joining her in the studio, a very gifted group of sound!
This project is an eclectic mix of styles from the scat intro of "Bessie’s Blues" to the warmhearted approach of "A Tear is a Lonesome Thing." Unlike most debut efforts, Guida claims her place on this label with a strong signature, permanently embossed on her future. The lady has it -- whatever we choose to define "it" as! Extract also the title cut "Soul Eyes" for it has that story-telling appeal, as much as her work does, an appeal missing in much of the music today, which is a refreshing gift to ones ears.
Sure it has standard cuts, however, not associated with a standard delivery. Soul Eyes is a personal piece it seems for Ms. Guida, for each cut has a large part of her within. It’s a spin with adoring feel.... Add it!