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June 1998

Shirley Eikhard
Going Home
Blue Note Records

Canadian singer-composer Shirley Eikhard is best known for writing Bonnie Raitt's Grammy-winning "Let's Give Them Something to Talk About," as well as hits for Cher, Anne Murray, Emmylou Harris, The Pointer Sisters and Chet Atkins. Here she shifts from seven previous country-pop albums to offer her closet collection of 12 original jazz charts.

Eikhard both writes and performs with great depth. Possessing a voice richly reminiscent of Cleo Laine, she delivers an excellent mix of bossa nova ("Desperately"), upbeat swing ("Nothin' Like Love") and ballads ("There But for Love Go I," "If We Had Never Met"). She plays harmonica on the title track, backed throughout by guitarist Ed Bickert, pianist Bob Erlendson, bassist George Koller and drummer Mark Kelso, with special guests trumpeter Marcus Printup and saxophonist Mike Murley.

Originally published in June 1998
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