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Alexis Cole with One For All: You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

Read "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Vocalist Alexis Cole hasn't found a setting or theme that doesn't suit her. Since arriving on the scene near the turn of the century she's covered a tremendous amount of ground and delivered a good number of well-conceived and beautifully executed albums. Cole teamed up with dozens of A-listers for a charitably-driven Christmas outing, explored the sultry side of the jazz canon, gave voice to the music of baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams, put her own spin on Paul Simon's work, ...

CATCHING UP WITH

The Dazzling Alexis Cole

Read "The Dazzling Alexis Cole" reviewed by Suzanne Lorge

Jazz singer Alexis Cole's career has been anything but conventional. She's done residencies in far-flung places like Ecuador, India, and Japan. She fronted the Army's big band for several years as a soldier herself. And now she's a faculty member in the jazz program at SUNY Purchase. With a dozen critically acclaimed albums under her belt, some big awards on her shelf, and more good stuff to come, Alexis distinguishes herself a leader in the ever-evolving world of vocal jazz. ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

I Carry Your Heart: Alexis Cole Sings Pepper Adams

Read "I Carry Your Heart: Alexis Cole Sings Pepper Adams" reviewed by Larry Taylor

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 ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Alexis Cole: Someday My Prince Will Come

Read "Someday My Prince Will Come" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

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 ...

LIVE REVIEW

Alexis Cole at St. Peter's Church

Read "Alexis Cole at St. Peter's Church" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

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 ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Alexis Cole: The Greatest Gift

Read "The Greatest Gift" reviewed by Bridget A. Arnwine

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 ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Alexis Cole: Zingaro

Read "Zingaro" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

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 ...


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