Cabaret Hotspot review of Hilary Kole- “Something Old, Something New”
“Hilary Kole delivered a knockout performance in her show Something Old, Something New at The Green Room 42, Sept 29, 8:30pm……Enter the musical world of Hilary Kole at your own risk, because you might not ever want to leave. A stunningly beautiful woman, Kole also possesses and equally beautiful voice, and the musical chops to know what to do with it. In an evening that spanned decades of repertoire, from Out of This World (H. Arlen, J. Mercer) to Patience (Axl Rose – Guns and Roses), and featured several original songs, including her newest, Moon Song, Kole dazzled her audience with understated passion and delivery of text, not always found in a jazz artist.
With The Summer Knows (M. J. Legrand, Marilyn & Alan Bergman) Kole demonstrated a creamy voice reminiscent of a young Barbra Streisand, with a decidedly 21st century flair. And, with the vocalise (Scat Only) Infant Eyes she embodied the spirit of Ella Fitzgerald, with an extended range and pure crystalline tone.
And then there were her own arrangements. A re-envisioned Come Back To Me (B Lane, A.J. Learner), sung as a down-tempo lament, was revelatory. And the pairing of Axl Rose and Stephen Sondheim (Patience, and I Remember Sky) was a credit to both composers, and Ms. Kole’s ingenuity…..” Read more HERE