Canadian musical artist Eva Schubert is a singer and songwriter based in Vancouver. Eva, inspired by jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Nina Simone, blues icons like Etta James, and — perhaps improbably — Leonard Cohen, writes in a diverse range of styles. Her first album, “Songs for a Ladies’ Man”, is full of songs with a classic jazz appeal. The album represents a partnership with producer Paul Claxton, whom she credits with a significant degree of mind reading, and a great deal of creativity.
We at IndiePulse recently fell in love with her work via her latest EP “Hot Damn Romance”, due for independent release this coming September 20th.
In commentary, Eva Schubert said “The essence of this EP is real musicians, playing live in studio together. I deliberately avoided electronic sounds because there is something direct and resonant about the musicianship, and we wanted to showcase that. Also, what I think a lot of people love about old school jazz is this very quality of sound, which often gets lost in the jungle of contemporary production. The other characteristic of vintage jazz is fresh and thoughtful lyrics, which is something I tried to bring to this as well.”
In Review: “Hot Damn Romance” is truly a phenomenal and inspired “love letter to old school jazz”, it takes you deep into a love or when music conveyed emotion, empathy and sympathy, not a cookie cut of something done by others but refreshingly original, bold and expressive.
Eva has released a video of what is the lead single “Brawler”, and though it is not the first track on the album, it is most definitely the first hit off the EP, a rambunctious and sizzling track with trumpet, guitar, and attitude, sweet, sassy and all Eva.
In “Hot Damn Romance”, Eva Schubert brings Jazz to life, a genre that has never really got the respect it deserved except among true music lovers and Jazz aficionados, like her inspirations, Eva give a warmth to each not and makes the room come alive with the Sweet and Smokey timber of her voice.
The opening track on the album Flying High opens the album and sets a mood of easy and free flowing movement, the music makes you feel like you are dancing in a semi dark room with the one you love, feeling nothing but that blissful moment of the first kiss. After the 2nd track Brawler, which we mentioned earlier, we come to the title track Hot Damn Romance, and with a bewitching tone and sensuality like we had only heard in the voice of the infamous Eartha Kitt, Eva Schubert weaves her spell and you are hers and hers alone. Followed by a brisk tempo track Sweet Man, Eva continues to relate the essence of the Jazz experience. Last but not least, a song I feel would be a fantastic experience to see and hear live, the track Water, and like the life-giving fluid, it cleanses and refreshes you, physically and spiritually.
Eva Schubert has gathered some great talent in the creation of this short but powerful EP, enlisting the creative and marvelous skills of Mike Kavalerchik on Guitar, on Trumpet and Flugelhorn we hear Alexander Brown, Bryant Didier on Bass and on Drums, the percussive mastery of Mark Hundervad. This EP was produced by Bryant Didier.
For more about Eva, check out her Writing, where she blogs about song writing, influences, and music at large, and stay tuned for new content on this website.
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