Maria Jacobs has an album coming out in a few weeks titled Here Comes Winter. It is the fifth solo project for her. She is a vocalist and songwriter and she plays the keyboard on the title track of the album. On this project she sings the songs at a slower tempo and it works. Her phrasing and her eloquent voice along with fine backing of guitar, organ and bass make this a special album. Maria Jacobs has been described as a singer with quiet and restrained passion and I would agree.
She is accompanied on this album by Brian Wildman and Bob Curry on bass, Cliff Habian on keyboards/string patches and David Strieter on the Hammond B3//keyboard. Maria Jacobs' singing will get you attention. No question about that. Her take on the Joni Mitchell classic From Both Sides Now is done in a way that I've never heard before and it is very effective. The other notable songs include: Time After Time, River, Never Will I Marry, Case of You and the splendid gospel tinged My God Is Here.
This is an album that is very enjoyable to listen to. I had not heard her music before although she has performed and recorded in Los Angeles for eleven years. Hopefully she will continue to record more albums in the future. She has a voice that needs to be heard. You can find out more from this artist by going on her website www.mariajacobs.com. I think she is one of those singing jewels that has been waiting to break out.