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Ellen Honert: Hummingville

Read "Hummingville" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Ellen Honert's previous recording, Breath of the Soul (Mill Station, 2006), was a well-balanced affair accented by Honert's precise and sensitive singing. Hummingville, the recording and the title piece are something else altogether. There is a sea breeze in this recording and song, but it is not so much Caribbean as Mediterranean, but in either case, the Latin influence cannot be denied. “Hummingville" is a Honert original, composed with pianist Frank Martin. It is a very tactile ...

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Ellen Honert: Breath of the Soul

Read "Breath of the Soul" reviewed by Jim Santella

The contemporary refrains from vocalist Ellen Honert on Breath of the Soul run smooth and sleek, and with a distinctive eloquence. She favors smooth jazz with a soulful message that comes from within. Guest artists such as Tuck & Patti, steel drummer Andy Narell, saxophonist Marc Russo, guitarist Ray Fuller and The Turtle Island String Quartet provide plenty of variety to her session, as she interprets six original songs and several other familiar ones.

From The Netherlands, Honert ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Ellen Honert: Breath of the Soul

Read "Breath of the Soul" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Ellen Honert possesses a perfectly balanced alto voice that easily modulates between the many highs and lows she employs in her singing--and Breath of the Soul requires much of this from her. Softly Latin in overall character and instrumentation, this music provides a humid and languid blanket for Honert's sensual craft.

In addition to her vocal facility, Honert has a way of attracting big-name talent to her cause. “Life is What You Make it was composed with guitarist Tuck Andres ...


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