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Amanda Carr: Common Thread: Amanda Carr and the Kenny Hadley Big Band

Read "Common Thread: Amanda Carr and the Kenny Hadley Big Band" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

If vocalist Amanda Carr were a place, she would probably be Rodeo Drive, Chicago's Magnificent Mile, or New York's elegant 57th Street. With Common Thread, she validates the fact that she has the vocal elegance, phrasing sophistication, premier jazz chops, and the sheer class to back up that hypothesis. Complemented beautifully here by Kenny Hadley's cooking Big Band (comprised of some of Boston's finest “beans"), Carr embarks on a savvy, swinging tour of some of the better ...

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Amanda Carr: Soon

Read "Soon" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Recently, I had the pleasure of hearing vocalist Amanda Carr perform an impromptu duet with the great jazz vocalist Giacomo Gates at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in New York. Although it was a one tune exposure, I was so impressed by her talent, spirit and onstage charm that I felt compelled to pick up soon. I'm very glad I did.

Soon wastes no time in demonstrating Carr as a vocalist who can burn and cool. The CD kicks off with “Close ...

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Amanda Carr: Tender Trap

Read "Tender Trap" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Amanda Carr is a Boston-based jazz vocalist who performs at Foxwoods Casino and Fleet Center and sings the national anthem at Fenway Park. She has two earlier albums, has worked with the Benny Goodman Tribute Orchestra and the Artie Shaw Band, and headlined the Euro Jazz Festival in San Giorgio, Italy.

This outing finds Carr with the John Wilkins Trio, further assisted by several reedmen and trumpeters throughout the album. The thirteen tunes are very well-chosen, with a ...


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