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Lisa Ekdahl

Best known in Scandinavia for her 1994 hit "Vem Vet, " Lisa Ekdahl became one of the top Swedish pop singers of the 1990s but also records and performs straightahead jazz. Ekdahl's pop albums have been in Swedish, while her acoustic jazz albums have favored English-language standards. The thin-voiced singer was born and raised in Stockholm, where in 1990, she started singing jazz with the trio of pianist Peter Nordahl. In 1994, her self-titled debut album came out in Sweden, and it was that year that her single "Vem Vet" (which is Swedish for "Who Knows") made her a superstar in Scandinavia at the age of 23. Ekdahl's subsequent pop albums in Sweden included Med Kroppen Mot Jorden in 1996 and Bortom Det Bla in 1997. The singer's first English-language effort, When Did You Leave Heaven, was also her first jazz album and the first Ekdahl album to come out in the U.S. When Did You Leave Heaven was a big seller in Sweden, but the album (which came out on RCA Victor in the U.S.) received its share of negative reviews from American jazz critics, who felt that Ekdahl's thin, very girlish voice was wrong for standards and straightahead jazz and argued that she should stick to pop. Her next jazz recording, Back to Earth, came out in 1999. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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johnbirnie
If that's Peter Nordahl on piano... he is a consistently great pianist
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Voice is surely not wrong for jazz. Especially since she sounds very like Billie Holliday!
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One of my favorites...
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498605953
too fast for Cole Porte
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Wonderful billie holiday timing...del i v e r y indeed
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She is similar to blossom deare, s stye but I could never confuse the two. Must not be true blossom fans to confuse.
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It's raining Blossom's for you and me!
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ldibartolo7
What a shame the bio doesn't mention her album that went Gold in France. Lisa Ekdahl Sings Salvatore Poe was done in 2000 and went Gold in France. The songs were writtenBy Salvatore for her beautiful voice and they fit her perfectly. This album takes on a Bosa Nova Jazz style. Find it on Amazon and read the great reviews it always gets.
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Love the voice. So what if it's high, it's good. Great phrasing and delivery. Did all the great jazz singers have the perfect voice? No, delivery, delivery,... .
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drewschoo
I, too, mistook this for Blossom Dearie at first.. strange she was criticized for having a style similiar to one for which Blossom was praised.
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A fragile wonderful voice.
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rwitman21
In case no one mentioned this already, "full bio..." for this artist bring only this page up, not the rest of her bio. You might want to fix this--I doubt I'm the only one who's curious about this artist.
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I agree with Barb; Great voice, the sound of beauty dreaming ...
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bfotsch456
I love this voice...it is unique and engaging for standards in my opinion.
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ozerkoray
Please add "En Samling Sanger" to her discography Pandora!


-Thanks, added!
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Agree with Sunny...she' s great.
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"thin, girlish voice was wrong for standards and straightahea d jazz..." Never heard Blossum Deary?? one of my favorites... . I like her sound, and I like her delivery, love the back up, and the "girlish" innocence can really bring home the lyrics, and she does this well.
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mtrutsch
Discovered her while visiting Skansen (skansen.se) near Stockholm where they were filming her performance. My wife and I have never heard of her before. Returning to our hotel, we stopped at a music store in Gamla Stan (en.wikipedi a . o r g / w i k i / G a m l a _ s t a n ) and purchased all three Lisa Ekdahl CDs they had in stock. It was a great trip to Stockholm and listening to Lisa sing reminds us of the good times we have spent there. Stockholm, we will be baaaack! :-)
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Discovered her in '97 while traveling in Singapore for business. Been in love with her voice and this excellent trio ever since.
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Sweet
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octavius1
We thought it was Blossom, too, at first. Agree with the assessment that it is a very girlish sound. But the tune swings OK.
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Agree! Another Blossom...
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derfberger
i am a Blossom collector.

When i heard Lisa sing i thought there must have been a mistake as far as identifying the singer. A Dead ringer for Blossom
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jphoesman
What a wonderful voice! So unique and expressive.. . o u t s t a n d i n g
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kubgeo2
Liked her rendition, but the recording had too heavy bass that did not play well on my computer.
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also reminisent of Blossom Dearie

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