Some readers may have heard singer Danielle Eva earlier this year during her residency at The Peninsula's Salon de Ning lounge. She is a peripatetic vocalist, constantly moving from one club engagement to another in the US and more recently in Asia and Turkey. She is now singing at the Nardis jazz club in Istanbul. Road and Moon is her debut CD, but she sings with the authority that comes from having paid her dues. Eva was born in Pittsburgh and trained as an opera singer, but was irresistibly drawn to jazz. She made a name for herself in New York while also performing at jazz festivals and undertaking formal jazz vocal studies. In 2009 she came to Hong Kong for her first residency, which led to offers to perform in Shanghai and Turkey. Along the way she has been writing and recording: Road and Moon is the result. One song was recorded in Hong Kong with local players Dan Lavelle, Rickard Malmsten and Anthony Fernandes, and another in Istanbul with the musicians she works with there. The rest were cut in Washington. The songs recorded in Hong Kong and Istanbul are self penned and on Begin Again Turkish guitarist Bilal Karaman emerges as an instrumentalist who has absorbed his Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell but can still come up with something distinctively his own. On Convenient Distraction, the Hong Kong players generate a soulful quasi-Brazilian groove with Malmsten's distinctive fretless electric bass work well to the fore. Joni Mitchell's Both Sides Now is rendered as Mitchell herself might have reworked her best-known song during her jazz-rock period. The most interesting stylistic detour was into Appalachian mountain music, which Eva says she grew up listening to. This area of Americana intersects occasionally with jazz to interesting effect, but not often enough. He's Gone Away is a mountain ballad, sung a cappella, and segues into the jazz standard Willow Weep for Me with a mournfully swinging string band backing. This is an album of varied moods and textures drawing on a range of musical styles. A mature and arresting debut, Road and Moon is available in Hong Kong from Hong Kong Records and on the internet from iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby. Take Three Three albums on which acoustic Appalachian mountain music meets jazz with notably harmonious results. Hillbilly Swing (1975, Rounder Records): fiddler Vassar Clements was one of the first musicians to demonstrate that jazz and bluegrass could be convincingly interwoven, and was a master of the art by the time he recorded this fine swinging set with a cast of players that included multi instrumentalist David Bromberg. Crossing the Tracks (1979, Rounder): banjoist Bela Fleck takes the instrument into both traditional and modern jazz territory in the company of seasoned bluegrass virtuosos, early in a career devoted to proving that there is no music that can't be played on the banjo. The Best Kept Secret (2005, Koch): Bill Frisell helps out leader and Dobro virtuoso Jerry Douglas on his jazziest American outing to date, which also features saxophonist Jeff Coffin, guitarist Derek Trucks, and other more regular associates including Fleck.