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I Carry Your Heart: Alexis Cole Sings Pepper Adams

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Alexis ColeI Carry Your Heart; Alexis Cole Sings Pepper AdamsMotema Music2012I Carry Your Heart; Alexis Cole Sings Pepper Adams is a stunning piece of work. The lyrics, pure poetry; the music, cerebral and swinging. This creation is even more amazing when seen as part of a five-volume production covering all of baritone sax legend Pepper Adams' work. Producer Gary Carner got the idea for a digital box set, Joy Road: The Complete Works of Pepper Adams (Volumes 1-5), to be put out on Motéma Music. Subsequent to Cole's vocal ...

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Alexis Cole: Someday My Prince Will Come

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Music from Disney films and cartoons has often drifted into jazz thanks to its rich harmonies and evergreen quality, but it is not every day that a vocalist makes an entire CD with personal renditions of these popular tunes.

Such is the case of Alexis Cole's Someday My Prince Will Come, which features a collection of Disney tunes reread into a jazz format. Cole cleverly did not choose songs that might be too obvious, focusing mostly on more obscure numbers such as the opener, the beautiful “For Now For Always" (from The Parent Trap) and “Once Upon A ...

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Alexis Cole at St. Peter's Church

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Alexis Cole St. Peter's Church New York, NY December 04, 2009

Backed by a seven-piece band, vocalist Alexis Cole took the stage for the New York release concert of her latest CD, The Greatest Gift (Motema Music, 2009), with an inspired version of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." She gave lots of space for the group (Mark Tonelli, guitar; Brandon Nelson, bass; Scott Drewes, drums; Xavier Perez, sax; Vito Speranza, trumpet; and Dan Pierce, trombone) to freely improvise around the melody. She then invited her father, pianist Mark Finkin, ...

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Alexis Cole: The Greatest Gift

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Award-winning vocalist Alexis Cole is getting ready for Christmas with The Greatest Gift. The disc features 14 tracks, including original songs and some Christmas favorites such as “Joy to the World," “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," “Away in a Manger," and “Silent Night." The titles may be familiar, but Cole's unique interpretation turns the songs into jazz, blues and classical music--all highlighting her warm and rich vocals, so emotive they register in the keys of love and gratitude.Inspiration for the disc's title came from her father, singer/composer Mark Finkin, who in 2007 ...

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Alexis Cole: Zingaro

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On this Toronto-based (but New York-born) vocalist's second release, she takes on several familiar standards with a personal signature, enhanced by a sparse instrumentation: here, she is accompanied solely by guitarist Ron Affif and bassist Jeffry Eckels, who play on all the tracks but the two Cole originals, the upbeat “Walkin' and “Morning With You, both of which feature fine work by Saul Rubin (guitar) and John Roche (bass). The album's title, which means “gypsy, is taken from a classic tune by Brazilian composers Chico Buarque de Hollanda and Antonio Carlos Jobim, with new English lyrics by ...



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