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Carol Fredette at Jazz at Kitano

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Carol Fredette Jazz at Kitano New York, NY November 19, 2015 Jazz at Kitano, the club in Gotham's Kitano Hotel on Park Ave. and 38th St., continues to grow in popularity with artists and audiences alike -the former avidly competing for the best dates and the latter chatting about the room's intimacy and sensible pricing policy. On November 19th we caught Carol Fredette's opening set joining the packed house ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Carol Fredette: No Sad Songs For Me

Read "No Sad Songs For Me" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

The fact that Carol Fredette's CD is going to be a rare treat is suggested by its very first track, the lesser-known Cole Porter gem, “I Am in Love." As arranged with ingenuity and class by bassist/producer David Finck. (who also wrote the wry title track), this jubilant samba makes one thing clear from the jump: that this high-level group swings like crazy, but in the cool and masterful way that doesn't require knocking over the furniture. There ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Carol Fredette: No Sad Songs For Me

Read "No Sad Songs For Me" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

We last heard from vocalist Carol Fredette on her first Soundbrush recording, Everything in Time (2009). Her repertoire was replete with, “Light latin jazz, humid islands, and secure mainstream treatments." Fredette remains fairly true to this mix of styles on No Sad Songs For Me, specifically addressing all songs of upbeat content, if not tempo. The singer calls upon much the same band as on the previous recording, specifically pianists Helio Alves, Dario Eskenazi and Andy Ezrin. ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Carol Fredette: Everything In Time

Read "Everything In Time" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Jazz vocalist Carol Fredette's singing is characterized as a clinic in singing with perfect diction. With a linguist's ear, Fredette concretely pronounces every word to every song she sings as if to commit them to platinum casts for use by International Bureau of Weights and Measures. Fredette accomplishes this not in some self-conscious way, but with a humor and grace that betrays a fully lived jazz life. This is further reflected in the breezy tone Everything in Time takes. Light ...

NEW YORK BEAT

Soundbrush Records and Carol Fredette

Read "Soundbrush Records and Carol Fredette" reviewed by Nick Catalano

A new record label is making itself prominent on the Gotham jazz scene. Soundbrush Records is a Latin Grammy Award-winning independent record label focused on latin, jazz and world music. Founded in 2004 by pianist/composer Roger Davidson to promote cross-cultural projects, the label has developed a unique client list. In addition to Davidson's own musical projects, Soundbrush artists include bandoneonist Raul Jaurena, Venezuelan flutist Marco Granados, Argentine guitarist Francisco Pancho Navarro and Klezmer star Frank London. A couple of months ...


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