Though it’s a fool’s gambit to credit any living jazz vocalist as the world’s greatest, it would be imprudent not to acknowledge that the indefatigable Sheila Jordan, going stronger than ever at 80, must rank within the top two or three. Winter Sunshine, Jordan’s 21st album, was recorded live in Montreal last February, a few months prior to her 80th birthday. To suggest it is exemplary Jordan is, again, foolhardy-ever since 1962’s landmark Portrait of Sheila, her recordings have remained unfailingly brilliant. There is no good or bad Jordan. There is just Jordan (which is rather like saying there is just Mount Everest).
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