A highly mysterious Sheila Jordan studio recording has just been released by the Capri label and is thought to be the singer's earliest known recording. Comes Love Lost Session 1960 derives from an acetate and is earlier than the classic bebop singer's debut, Portrait of Sheila.
The unearthed recording contains a certain fascination in no small measure conjured up by its distinctive and highly unusual sound quality.
Characterful and intimate Comes Love was recorded in New York but details as to the identities of the piano trio on the album with Jordan, now in her nineties, are sketchy and there is no reliable personnel to confidently speculate about.
The main drama of the piece is in the Jordan interplay with the pianist who is very knowing and supportive. Jordan's voice is so still, the vibrato carefully controlled and not distracting, the sincerity palpable and true in the authentic milieu of the recording.
Tommy Wolf and Fran Landesman's 'Ballad of the Sad Young Men' is beautifully captured. The original version of the song rendered in a show song setting by Tani Seitz came out only the year before.
Another highlight is the version of the Philippe-Gerard and Johnny Mercer song 'When the World Was Young' which on the later Portrait of Sheila found the singer instead accompanied initially by Barry Galbraith on guitar.