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Grand Songs

Lisa Ekdahl

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Twenty years after her debut, Lisa Ekdah revisits pop gems past and present with the usual playfulness, finesse and class that we have become accustomed to from her. On Grand Songs, the Swede is covering a lot of ground, with versions of numbers by Billie Eilish (Wish You Were Gay), The Beatles (I Should Have Known Better), Bob Dylan (Most of the Time) and Beyoncé (If I Were a Boy), as well as Diana Ross and the Supremes (Stop! In the Name of Love), The Monkees (Take a Giant Step) and James Taylor (You Can Close Your Eyes). Like any jazz singer worth their salt, Ekdahl excels with this tricky material and takes advantage of it in order to showcase her unique vocal timbres. The backing here alternates between jazz quintet and large string orchestra with intimate sequences giving way to a dash of lush hedonism. Ekdahl is at her best when she dares to surprise, as on the delightful bossa nova version of I Should Have Known Better and her very 1950s jazz cover of If I Were a Boy. These two tracks are the clear the highlights of a delightful record. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
Wish You Were Gay
00:03:08

Desmond Foster, Background Vocal - Lisa Ekdahl, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Per Texas Johansson, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone - Mathias Blomdahl, Producer, Arranger, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mixing Engineer, Bass, Bongos, Background Vocal - Vanna Rosenberg, Background Vocal - FINNEAS, Composer - Billie Eilish O'Connell, Lyricist - Andreas Nordell, Bass, Background Vocal - Milton Öhrström, Piano, Vibraphone - Ola Winkler, Drums, Percussion

(P) 2021 Lisa Ekdahl AB under exclusive License to Sony Music Entertainment

2
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
00:04:20

PHIL SPECTOR, Composer, Lyricist - Desmond Foster, Background Vocal - Lisa Ekdahl, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mann and Weil, Lyricist - Per Texas Johansson, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone - Mathias Blomdahl, Producer, Arranger, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mixing Engineer, Bass, Bongos, Background Vocal - Vanna Rosenberg, Background Vocal - Andreas Nordell, Bass, Background Vocal - Milton Öhrström, Piano, Vibraphone - Ola Winkler, Drums, Percussion

(P) 2021 Lisa Ekdahl AB under exclusive License to Sony Music Entertainment

3
If I Were a Boy
00:03:34

Toby GAD, Composer, Lyricist - BC Jean, Composer, Lyricist - Desmond Foster, Background Vocal - Lisa Ekdahl, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Per Texas Johansson, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone - Mathias Blomdahl, Producer, Arranger, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mixing Engineer, Bass, Bongos, Background Vocal - Vanna Rosenberg, Background Vocal - Andreas Nordell, Bass, Background Vocal - Milton Öhrström, Piano, Vibraphone - Ola Winkler, Drums, Percussion

(P) 2021 Lisa Ekdahl AB under exclusive License to Sony Music Entertainment

4
Stop! In the Name of Love
00:03:49

Lamont Dozier, Composer, Lyricist - Brian Holland, Composer, Lyricist - Desmond Foster, Background Vocal - Lisa Ekdahl, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Per Texas Johansson, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone - Mathias Blomdahl, Producer, Arranger, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mixing Engineer, Bass, Bongos, Background Vocal - Vanna Rosenberg, Background Vocal - Andreas Nordell, Bass, Background Vocal - Milton Öhrström, Piano, Vibraphone - Ola Winkler, Drums, Percussion

(P) 2021 Lisa Ekdahl AB under exclusive License to Sony Music Entertainment

5
Most of the Time
00:03:50

Bob Dylan, Composer, Lyricist - Desmond Foster, Background Vocal - Erik Arvinder, Arranger - Lisa Ekdahl, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Per Texas Johansson, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone - Mathias Blomdahl, Producer, Arranger, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mixing Engineer, Bass, Bongos, Background Vocal - Vanna Rosenberg, Background Vocal - Andreas Nordell, Bass, Background Vocal - Milton Öhrström, Piano, Vibraphone - Ola Winkler, Drums, Percussion

(P) 2021 Lisa Ekdahl AB under exclusive License to Sony Music Entertainment

6
I Should Have Known Better
00:03:25

John Lennon, Composer, Lyricist - Paul Mccartney, Composer, Lyricist - Desmond Foster, Background Vocal - Lisa Ekdahl, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Per Texas Johansson, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone - Mathias Blomdahl, Producer, Arranger, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mixing Engineer, Bass, Bongos, Background Vocal - Vanna Rosenberg, Background Vocal - Andreas Nordell, Bass, Background Vocal - Milton Öhrström, Piano, Vibraphone - Ola Winkler, Drums, Percussion

(P) 2021 Lisa Ekdahl AB under exclusive License to Sony Music Entertainment

7
Till the Rivers All Run Dry
00:04:07

D. Williams, Composer - W. Holyfield, Lyricist - Desmond Foster, Background Vocal - Lisa Ekdahl, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Per Texas Johansson, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone - Mathias Blomdahl, Producer, Arranger, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mixing Engineer, Bass, Bongos, Background Vocal - Vanna Rosenberg, Background Vocal - Andreas Nordell, Bass, Background Vocal - Milton Öhrström, Piano, Vibraphone - Ola Winkler, Drums, Percussion

(P) 2021 Lisa Ekdahl AB under exclusive License to Sony Music Entertainment

8
Dream a Little Dream of Me
00:03:06

Gus Kahn, Composer, Lyricist - Desmond Foster, Background Vocal - Lisa Ekdahl, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wilbur Schwandt, Composer, Lyricist - Fabian Andre, Composer, Lyricist - Per Texas Johansson, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone - Mathias Blomdahl, Producer, Arranger, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mixing Engineer, Bass, Bongos, Background Vocal - Vanna Rosenberg, Background Vocal - Andreas Nordell, Bass, Background Vocal - Milton Öhrström, Piano, Vibraphone - Ola Winkler, Drums, Percussion

(P) 2021 Lisa Ekdahl AB under exclusive License to Sony Music Entertainment

9
Take a Giant Step
00:03:48

Desmond Foster, Background Vocal - C. King, Composer, Lyricist - Lisa Ekdahl, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - G. Goffin, Composer, Lyricist - Per Texas Johansson, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone - Mathias Blomdahl, Producer, Arranger, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mixing Engineer, Bass, Bongos, Background Vocal - Vanna Rosenberg, Background Vocal - Andreas Nordell, Bass, Background Vocal - Milton Öhrström, Piano, Vibraphone - Ola Winkler, Drums, Percussion

(P) 2021 Lisa Ekdahl AB under exclusive License to Sony Music Entertainment

10
You Can Close Your Eyes
00:04:03

JAMES TAYLOR, Composer, Lyricist - Desmond Foster, Background Vocal - Lisa Ekdahl, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Per Texas Johansson, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone - Mathias Blomdahl, Producer, Arranger, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mixing Engineer, Bass, Bongos, Background Vocal - Vanna Rosenberg, Background Vocal - Andreas Nordell, Bass, Background Vocal - Milton Öhrström, Piano, Vibraphone - Ola Winkler, Drums, Percussion

(P) 2021 Lisa Ekdahl AB under exclusive License to Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

Twenty years after her debut, Lisa Ekdah revisits pop gems past and present with the usual playfulness, finesse and class that we have become accustomed to from her. On Grand Songs, the Swede is covering a lot of ground, with versions of numbers by Billie Eilish (Wish You Were Gay), The Beatles (I Should Have Known Better), Bob Dylan (Most of the Time) and Beyoncé (If I Were a Boy), as well as Diana Ross and the Supremes (Stop! In the Name of Love), The Monkees (Take a Giant Step) and James Taylor (You Can Close Your Eyes). Like any jazz singer worth their salt, Ekdahl excels with this tricky material and takes advantage of it in order to showcase her unique vocal timbres. The backing here alternates between jazz quintet and large string orchestra with intimate sequences giving way to a dash of lush hedonism. Ekdahl is at her best when she dares to surprise, as on the delightful bossa nova version of I Should Have Known Better and her very 1950s jazz cover of If I Were a Boy. These two tracks are the clear the highlights of a delightful record. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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