Reviews

  • "If you're looking for a singer with an extraordinary voice, full of strength, range and emotions, look no further than Eve Haslam. On her new cd., "Beautiful Love," you'll hear shades of Wanda De Sah, (Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66) when Eve sings "How Does the Wine Taste," and "Bossa Nova Sundays." I particularly love Eve's sound when she's soft and playful. "

    - Roseanna Vitro
    Grammy Nominated Vocalist
    Vocal Jazz Chair, NJCU
    "Voices In Jazz," JazzTimes.com (2014)

  • "A very expressive and lightly swinging singer, Eve Haslam made a strong impression last year with her debut recording 'A Thousand Years Ago'. While that set featured her joined by a quintet, on 'Beautiful Love' she is heard in a more intimate setting that perfectly fits her warm and inviting voice.

    Accompanying her on the 11 love songs of 'Beautiful Love' are pianist Bill Covington (from Asheville, North Carolina) and bassist Shannon Hoover (from nearby Greenville, South Carolina), both of whom play with subtlety, sympathy and impeccable taste. They contribute concise solos that add to the appeal of the music.

    Eve Haslam and her musicians are very spontaneous throughout these performances, but because they listen closely to each other and think in similar ways, the music flows logically from one selection to another with no missteps or hesitant moments. Ms. Haslam starts out the set with a version of "Beautiful Love" that builds up gradually in passion while displaying her beautiful voice. She introduces the memorable melody of Matthew Breindel's "Bossa Nova Sundays" (which receives its debut recording), scats very well on Antonio Carlos Jobim's "If You Never Come To Me" and, on a surprising version of "I'll Be Seeing You," is quite effective during her single wordless chorus.

    Throughout 'Beautiful Love', Eve Haslam alternates interpretations of the lyrics with scatted and wordless sections. In all cases, she gets her message across. Other highpoints include the rewarding obscurity "How Does The Wine Taste," a swinging "I Concentrate On You," and a heartfelt rendition of "Solitude."

    'Beautiful Love' is highly recommended to fans of tasteful and quietly inventive jazz singers."

    - Scott Yanow, Jazz Journalist and Music Critic
    Author, The Jazz Singers | Jazz On Film | Jazz On Record 1917-76
    Los Angeles, CA (2014)

  • "From small-town New York to Las Vegas, by way of North Carolina and Vermont; to jazz by way of classical, to recording artist and Vegas act by way of calling a Jeep home.

    It seems fair to say that Eve Haslam has lived quite a life, which she brings to her work as a vocalist; a depth of emotion that those without that resume couldn’t muster. Combine that with pinpoint control, and…well, it’s quite a package.

    Backed by only piano (Bill Covington) and bass (Shannon Hoover), Ms. Haslam is framed nicely in this set of eleven love songs.

    Favorites include Ellington’s “Solitude,” along with the Mercer/Mancini classic “Moon River,” and the original “Bossa Nova Sundays,” written by North Carolina artist Matthew Briendel.

    It’s time to follow my career to the next natural platform and after two years of researching, Las Vegas has been the obvious choice,” Ms. Haslam writes. We should all have such boldness to grab life by the horns. Talent aplenty, but it’s the story behind it all that gives that velvety voice a voice.

    I have no doubt that what happens to her will stay (and thrive) in Vegas. This album is very highly recommended.

    The three tracks mentioned above, and in bold have been added to the playlist at 62nd Street Radio."

    - Doug Boynton, 62nd Street Radio / Critic, www.girlsingers.org
    Fairfax, VA (2014)

  • "Eve elevates the words and melody of a song to the sublime, and that is every songwriter's dream. I couldn't be happier with her accomplished and sensitive rendering of Bossa Nova Sundays!"

    - Matthew Breindel, Composer
    Asheville, NC (2014)

  • "Swingin', soulful and sensuous...watch out for Eve Haslam!"

    - Vicki Burns, Jazz Vocalist and Instructor
    New York City, NY (2013)

  • "Born in New York and long based in Asheville, North Carolina, singer Eve Haslam is the leader of Satin Steel Jazz. Her debut album, "A Thousand Years Ago", is scheduled to be released in 2013 and is dedicated to her composer-father, Herb Haslam www.herbhaslam.com.

    "The cd features trumpeter Rich Willey (who formerly toured as 2nd chair with Maynard Ferguson), pianist Brian Felix, bassist Zack Page, drummer Justin Watt, Byron Hedgepeth on congas and, on a few selections, nylon string guitarist Andy Page.

    "Eve's attractive and often haunting voice perfectly fits the material and her performances are quite impressive. During Antonio Carlos Jobim’s 'How Insensitive,' her interpretation brings out both the beauty and sadness of this classic. The jazz waltz “Simply Me,” the warm ballad “Shadows Fall,” the swinging “Leaves From The Book Of Changes” and the thoughtful “A Thousand Years Ago” - are Herb Haslam's compositions.

    "Willey in particular is well featured, both as a soloist and in close interplay with vocals. He co-stars on the opening selection, a high-powered version of “A Day In the Life Of A Fool.” Eve and Willey blend together well and display a savvy marriage not only on the opener but throughout “I’m Glad There Is You,” “Charade” and an upbeat version of “The Nearness Of You” (which finds Willey sounding a bit like Clark Terry). On these selections, Eve is swinging hard while always remaining true to the composer’s intent; she owns every tune.

    “Once I Loved,” “So Many Stars,” and “When Your Lover Has Gone” have Andy Page’s acoustic guitar giving the vocalist a quiet bossa nova backdrop. She excels in these gentle settings, never overwhelming the mellow rhythm section and balancing the melancholy moods with her own sultry optimism.

    "Eve Haslam’s music and cd, "A Thousand Years Ago", is a strong start to her recording career."

    - Scott Yanow, Jazz Journalist and Music Critic
    Author, The Jazz Singers | Jazz On Film | Jazz On Record 1917-76
    Los Angeles, CA (2013)

  • "Eve’s singing comes from deep down in her heart and spans the spectrum of human emotion. She chooses gorgeous songs to sing and makes them her very own. Listening to Eve is a beautiful experience, and I’m so lucky to get to play for her."

    - Rich Willey, Jazz Trumpeter / Composer / Instructor
    Asheville, NC (2012)

  • "Eve’s extensive background in the world of jazz has helped her to create a repertoire that’s both unique and satisfying. This is a difficult task in today’s jazz world. Eve delivers this repertoire powerfully, drawing on her deep musical and life experience; she brings a New York vibe to the Western North Carolina music scene."

    - Brian Felix, Jazz Pianist / Composer / Professor
    Asheville, NC (2012)

  • "With sure music instinct, and driven by a rare passion, Eve makes each song an event, lingering long afterwards."

    - Herb Haslam, Pianist / Composer / Professor / Author / Dad
    Asheville, NC (2012)

  • "I can say plenty about Eve Haslam, but what is most important to know is that she's a tempting mix of minx, siren and forsaken soul. From Cabaret to Jazz, magnanimous as well as demure and coy. She's joyful and forlorn."

    - Peggy Ratusz, Writer, Songstress and Vocal Coach
    WNC Woman Magazine,
    Asheville, NC (2010)

  • "Your lead vocals really grabbed us! Tuneful and well articulated. A wonderfully flexible voice with endless possibilities and a number of colors."

    - HELLO MUSIC Screening Team  (2010)

  • "Satin Steel Jazz Ensemble is sensual on smooth and sexy on strong. It’s refreshing to hear accomplished jazz musicians having fun again. This group is rock solid behind a passionate lead vocal. Satin Steel is tight, capturing an energy and rawness usually reserved for live performances. I can’t wait to hear more."

    - Brad Langer, President
    Absolute Entertainment
    New York, NY (2010)

  • "In particular Eve has delivered in HOW INSENSITIVE the perfect coloring with her distinctive vocal styling and great instrumental accompaniment. The mutual wounds of lost love illuminated in music and song. Fire and ice, hearts broken, the wrenching memory of last looks. A breakup story simply and artfully told. Bluesy jazz for a cold, rainy day in November, with summer love a wistful throbbing memory and the promises of spring far enough in the future to give little immediate comfort. Sometimes a singer captures a mood in perfect holographic suspension... this is one of those moments."

    - Alan J. McRae, Talent Agent, Producer, Musician
    Sunrise Entertainment International (2010)

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