All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

358

Hilary Kole: Haunted Heart

By

Sign in to view read count
This listener can't recall in years so smashing a solo CD debut as this winner. Hilary Kole's lengthy runs in cabaret and club appearances with song revues "Our Sinatra" and "Singing Astaire," singing some of the best of the American Songbook, have served her well. The mix here is flawless, ranging from such evergreens as Rodgers-Hart's "There's A Small Hotel" to worthy but lesser known gems such as '40s swinger "'Deed I Do" and Bob Haymes' "You For Me." What's most impressive is how Kole inhabits each with a thoroughness and emotional authenticity that belies her young years.

Her delivery of "Better Than Anything," (heretofore owned by wonderful Irene Kral), is breezily knowing. Tedd Firth (piano) and Mark McLean (drums) make for swinging easy company throughout the set. With Alec Wilder and Loonis McGlohon's "Blackberry Winter," it's the American art song at its no-frills finest, evoking the straight- to-the-heart sound of the late Nancy LaMott.

The range of what she can do with a lilting, warm soprano is evident as Kole tosses off "You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in," warbling Oscar Brown, Jr.'s bit of Freudian storytelling, "The Snake." That segues into a dark night take on Tom Waits' toughly nostalgic "Old Boyfriends." Particularly fine on musings from the trenches of love, if Kole's shrewd, swinging take on "How Am I To Know" isn't enough, just wait for her battered but still standing rendition of Irving Berlin's "What'll I Do."

Kudos to all, including producer John Pizzarelli. This is a memorable first effort.

Track Listing: It's Love; There's A Small Hotel; 'Deed I Do; I Didn't Know About You; Better Than Anything; Like A Lover; Blackberry Winter; The Snake; Old Boyfriends; How Am I To Know; What'll I Do; You For Me; Haunted Heart.

Personnel: Hilary Kole: vocals; Tedd Firth: piano; Paul Gill: bass; Mark McLean: drums; John Pizzarelli: guitar.

Title: Haunted Heart | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Justin Time Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Interviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
The Judy Garland Project

The Judy Garland...

Miranda Music
2016

buy
A Self-Portrait

A Self-Portrait

Miranda Music
2014

buy
Moments Like This

Moments Like This

Victor Entertainment
2012

buy
You Are There

You Are There

Justin Time Records
2010

buy
Haunted Heart

Haunted Heart

Justin Time Records
2009

buy

View All Events

Create Widget | Open RSS Feed

Date Time Detail Price
Oct30Tue 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Hilary Kole
Iridium
New York, NY

Related Articles

Read Shades CD/LP/Track Review
Shades
by Doug Collette
Published: October 20, 2018
Read Putumayo Presents: Ska Around the World CD/LP/Track Review
Putumayo Presents: Ska Around the World
by Jim Trageser
Published: October 20, 2018
Read Pattern Recognition CD/LP/Track Review
Pattern Recognition
by Mark Sullivan
Published: October 20, 2018
Read Just This CD/LP/Track Review
Just This
by Chris Mosey
Published: October 20, 2018
Read Live at Sowieso CD/LP/Track Review
Live at Sowieso
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 20, 2018
Read Displaced Diaspora CD/LP/Track Review
Displaced Diaspora
by Chris May
Published: October 19, 2018
Read "Latin Bugaloo: The Warner Bros. Singles" CD/LP/Track Review Latin Bugaloo: The Warner Bros. Singles
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: August 1, 2018
Read "The Poetry of Jazz" CD/LP/Track Review The Poetry of Jazz
by Mark Corroto
Published: March 16, 2018
Read "Birdsongs" CD/LP/Track Review Birdsongs
by Jerome Wilson
Published: June 9, 2018
Read "Return To Mind" CD/LP/Track Review Return To Mind
by Roger Farbey
Published: February 8, 2018
Read "Inside Turnabout" CD/LP/Track Review Inside Turnabout
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: February 15, 2018
Read "A Sky You Could Strike a Match On" CD/LP/Track Review A Sky You Could Strike a Match On
by Patrick Burnette
Published: January 15, 2018