Quasimodo – 1980s

Sheila Jordan

Rare footage of a duet with bassist Harvie S

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Sheila Jordan is the first jazz singer to perform extensive duet projects with just her voice and a bassist.

Her earliest album in that setting was with bassist Arild Anderson in 1977, and then during 1982-91 she recorded several duet records with bassist Harvie S; in more recent times she has performed duets with Cameron Brown.

On this uptempo version of Charlie Parker’s “Quasimodo” (which is based on the chords of “Embraceable You”), Sheila Jordan is heard in peak form, racing through the lyrics and scatting quite creatively while being driven by Harvie S; the results are quite exciting.

-Scott Yanow


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