Falling somewhere between a misty Scottish folk sound and melodic jazz with bits of a pop chanteuse tossed in, the recording is aptly titled. The text (when I listen carefully) speaks to our more romantic yet intellectual side. The music provides a lush dreamscape sprinkled by harp and string instruments. Legend of the Ear comes the closest to marrying Scottish folkloric with American jazz. Gilchrist marries lilting Gaelic with the jazz scat. It’s a strange conversation that leaves the ears intrigued. While Gilchrist composed the bulk of songs on the recording, her cover of Stephane Grappelli’s Automne fits like a glove here. It’s also the moodiest song on the CD, giving “wistfulness” new meaning.
Although Song of Delight introduces me to Maeve Gilchrist for the first time, I have a feeling that this vocalist-harpist has won my heart. I’m enjoying this recording and already my ears thirst for more from this musician. Her debut on Adventure Music sounds phenomenal to me, filled with stunning melodies, and intriguing arrangements mixing jazz and traditional Celtic. I find myself hitting the replay button when the CD winds to its end and the last notes of the harp fade into sunlight.