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Reviewed By Michael P. Jones
Pamela Jordanís personal story as a struggling singer/songwriter is similar to
a lot of people trying to
make it in the music business, except that she may really
one day accomplish this seemingly impossible dream in some fashion with her
particular style of Pop-Jazz. Her captivating vocals and Blessed with an
outstanding singing voice that some people classify as "angelic jazz"
or just plain "better-than-good," Jordan has the ability to take her
music and blend it into the vastly different audiences that hear her perform.
From "Art-in-the-Park" in Cannon Beach to the "Mount
Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days," whether itís Jazz
or Folk, no matter how varied and diversified her audiences are, she easily wins
Jordan is a favorite amongst critics. They have described her
singing as "honey-hued, meltingly sensual, arresting, sensitive, and
powerful." Yet, whatever term you choose to use, she has a special way of
interpreting a song that provokes even more special descriptions.
People regularly compare Jordanís voice to a lot of
outstanding singers. This includes everyone from Pop singers Sade and Desíree
to the legendary Jazz vocalist Sarah Vaughn.
Jordan seriously put her talents to work in the recording
studio. The end result being her first CD, "Standard Procedure," an
eight-song collection of Jazz songs that she easily mastered with
internationally-renowned guitarist John Stowell.
Jordanís "Standard Procedure" was blessed to have
Stowell on guitar, especially since he is on the road traveling beyond the
confines of the United States. His unique style and masterful command of the
strings bonded to hollowed wood, makes him and his special sound highly
The Jordan and Stowell collaboration on "Standard
Procedure" is nothing short of refreshing. This CD should be a must for
most anyone who loves darn good music, even those who may not even realize that
that they really can appreciate the contemplating sounds of Jazz.
From the splendid tunes of "Bewitched, Bothered and
Bewildered" to "The Nearness of You" and the "Devil May
Care," you are won over by the haunting-like lyrics and accompanying guitar
work. The sound of Jordan and Stowell is similar to the magic that one gets from
a star-infested sky that seeming The images conjured up by "Embraceable
You," "Never Let Me Go," and "O' didnít Know What Time it
Was" are an interesting byproduct of these two songs, and, perhaps, are the
best on the "Standard Procedure" CD. Clearly, this is what you get
with good talent.
The songs "My One and Only Love" and "Round
Midnight" are beautifully-perfect. The partnership of master Jazz guitarist
Stowellís nimble fingers and Jordanís unique and refreshing voice, leaves
one wanting more and more.
Jordan has a winner with this special CD of Jazz standards.
The familiar sound of the eight featured tunes clearly invokes those past
memories of the listener of which there is no escape. Brilliant! Simply
brilliant! You can catch Jordan on stage throughout the Portland Metropolitan
Area, where she has carved herself an impressive niche as a "Jazz
chanteuse," performing at clubs and coffeehouses, entertaining her
audiences with both standards and her own special original songs. She is also
the featured vocalist for the "Woody Hite Orchestra" and "Dr. Tís
Big Band Orchestra."
Jordanís reputation as a superb vocalist is steadily
growing. She was selected from 700 contestants as a finalist for the "1999
Lilith Fair Opening Act Contest." She also won the "Portland
Songwriters Association 1999 Annual Songwriting Contest" for her original
tune, "The Fall of Love," which won the Pop category. Jordanís
second CD is due out sometime this summer. Titled "The Fall of Love,"
her refreshing Pop-Jazz style should accent her superb songwriting abilities
which continue to make her a favorite amongst audiences.
Promotions for Jordan are being handled by John DeLance and
Mitchelmore of BlueSpot Productions. They can be reached by writing 9220 S.W.
Barbur Blvd., Suite 119, Portland, Oregon 97219. Or, by calling (503) 704-2583.
For additional information on Jordan and to learn more about her music, write
For booking information on Jordan, give her a call at (503) 833-7379. Or, you
can contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org