Enchanting like the magic and beauty of spring romance, singer-songwriter Julia Fordham’s “The Language of Love” is capturing the hearts of jazz fans as well as those who revere modern day standards reimagined as if they appear in the Great American Songbook. Swinging jazz rhythms, steamy bossa nova grooves and sparsely-produced piano-and-voice etchings provide striking backdrops for Fordham’s distinct, impassioned voice to croon evocative love songs with grace, elegance and a soulful caress.
Next month, the British-born Fordham (www.JuliaFordham.com), who first charmed the charts internationally in 1988 with her debut hit “Happy Ever After” – reconfigured for “The Language of Love” with world music nuances and updated lyrics that reflect current global events – will return to the United Kingdom for a series of concerts in support of “The Language of Love.” She will play Los Angeles and New York City this fall.
“The Language of Love” is culled from classic source material from the likes of Blondie, Eurythmics, The Beatles, 10cc, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Sting, Janis Ian, Stevie Wonder and Mancini & Mercer, along with three originals written by Fordham – including a pair of new tunes penned especially for this intimate acoustic jazz collection in collaboration with producer/arranger Grant Mitchell.
This album is an interesting departure from the music that is out there right now. Some of the tracks are familiar, such as the classic Sir Duke:
I know you know this one, which is actually one of my favorites from the 1980’s:
There are a couple of other interpretations that I think you will like. I’m Not In Love and Fragile, are tracks that lend themselves well to a jazz remake.
There are a few other gems on the album, as Julia throws a curve ball with Who’s That Girl, the Annie Lennox track.
The original tracks, The Morning After (The Night With You) and Like You Used To Do are strong enough to modern jazz classics.
If you need some music to wind down after a long week at work, crack open a bottle of merlot, and cue up The Language Of Love.
It will ease you into the weekend.