"Hilary Kole wields her creamy, dreamy voice with simple understated bliss on this playful reading of the Johnny Mercer classic - A Self-Portrait"
"Ms. Kole is a distinctive form of a vocalist as she tells her story with varied styles of purring her emotional struggles. There is no standard pattern to her music as it adapts into the cut that is meant to elucidate the emotions the spin is adjoined with. Each cut on this project has a rationale and methodology to dispatch on to each listener in relation to their own encounters. Among all the songs, the acrobatic arrangements exercise the minds and moods of the listener with Ms. Kole’s expansive vision to get across human feelings." Nov. 20, 2014 by Karl Stober Read more at http://ejazznews.com/?p=22472
"Hilary Kole has one of the great contemporary jazz voices. This is partly attributable to a terrific, well-honed instrument and, partly, I conjecture, to an old soul. Kole comprehends the genre viscerally. She interprets numbers with a heady blend of sophistication and original inflection natural to artists of a much earlier era." --Nov 8, 2014 by Alix Cohen read more at http://cabaretscenes.org/2014/11/08/hilary-kole-a-self-portrait-2/
"Special guest, highly lauded jazz singer, Hilary Kole, entertains us with three numbers: an easy swing version of “I Remember You,” featuring a very cool scat conversation with Jonathan Kantor’s clarinet, her new favorite song “While We’re Young,” so joyful one wants to roll down a hill or twirl, and a completely original interpretation of Joni Mitchell’s “River” on which she accompanies herself at the piano. Her “River” is perhaps the only take I’ve heard strong enough to stand up to Mitchell’s original while still maintaining intent. Kole manages to be both earthy and classy. She gracefully controls music like a good cowboy roper does his lasso. What looks easy, is, in fact, skill, practice and, certainly in Kole’s case, taste." --November 20th, 2014 by Alix Cohen on Playing Around - See more at: http://www.womanaroundtown.com/sections/playing-around/robins-nest-a-benefit-for-helpusadopt-org-entertainment-for-an-especially-worthy-cause#sthash.nE95BTLf.wc7v5uit.dpuf
“Hilary Kole launched her new CD, A Self-Portrait, with a delightful show at Iridium NYC. The title is revealing, as the show/recording consisted of songs that are her personal favorites. …
"Top notch jazz stylist Hilary Kole offers an up tempo “It’s All Right with Me,” making the classic number her own with musical shifts and turns that appear organic. Next is an irresistibly happy “While We Were Young” presented with satin phrasing as a waltz in jazz time. Look for a new CD in October..." ALIX COHEN www.womanaroundtown.com 8/20/2014
“Sound art eclipsed cameras, action, special effects and gadgetry in a gilded vintage movie palace Saturday, as the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and guest vocalist Hilary Kole presented The Music of …