HILARY KOLE - you are there

Tracklist

  1. If I Had You
  2. Every Time We Say Goodbye
  3. It's Always You
  4. Lush Life
  5. These Foolish Things
  6. I Remember
  7. How Do You Keep the Music Playing
  8. But Beautiful
  9. Softly, As In a Morning Sunrise
  10. Strange Meadowlark
  11. You Are There
  12. Two for the Road
  13. All the Way
  14. On My Way to You

“For her second recording, Hilary Kole has pulled off a coup any jazz singer can only dream of, yet it has become real. You Are There contains 13 vocal-piano duets recorded over a five-year period with some of the most renowned pianists in history, including Dave Brubeck and Hank Jones. It’s even better to hear Kole’s pitch-perfect voice alongside these unquestioned masters in mostly subtle ballad versions of standards. ….There’s nothing to really criticize about Hilary Kole’s voice or inflections — she’s good as gold — while all of the pianists play sensitively to the hilt….”. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

“Four years in the making, Hilary Kole’s new album, “You Are There” (Justin Time)… is the equivalent of a jazz singer’s college education. On the recording Ms. Kole sings with 11 eminent jazz pianists: Monty Alexander, Kenny Barron, Alan Broadbent, Dave Brubeck, Freddy Cole, Benny Green, Steve Kuhn, Michel Legrand, Mike Renzi, Cedar Walton and Hank Jones…..Ms Kole doesn’t adopt a different persona to deliver a particular song, nor does she reconceive standards outside conventional boundaries. One of her greatest strengths is the warmth of her voice, which swells passionately on certain words…..The album’s Dave Frishberg-Johnny Mandel title song, whose narrator imagines being visited by the ghost of a loved one, was delivered with a special intensity and dynamic subtlety. You could imagine that Ms. Kole was thinking of Oscar Peterson (who died in 2007, two years after she met him) while singing it….”
-STEPHEN HOLDEN, NY Times August 10, 2010

“With her crystal clear voice and precise phrasing, singer Hilary Kole pulls off the delightful and unique You Are There”
Jazziz- October 2010

“Meet a new vocalist of manifold advantages- glamorous looks and a sweetly expressive voice” – Jack Massarik, The Evening Standard, London – You Are There

“Understated elegance and playful warmth aren’t incompatible qualities, at least not in the hands of superb musicians such as Kole” -USA Today, You Are There – Pick of the week 8/30/2010

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