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Libby York: Here With You

Read "Here With You" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Chicago-born Libby York's third album, Here With You, is an expression of her jazz vocal techniques, with more than a little of Chris Connor and June Christy in her delivery. York goes right out on a limb by challenging Peggy Lee's “I Love Being Here With You" as an opener, a tune also associated with Chris Connor.

It is York's second choice, however, the rarely heard Kaye/Springer song “The Day The World Stopped Turning," that surprises. ...

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Libby York: Here With You

Read "Here With You" reviewed by Suzanne Lorge

Libby York has the rich, rounded kind of voice that evokes another time--a time when it was Rosemary (not George) and there were only two kinds of martini (gin or vodka). York's new CD, Here With You, covers traditional territory with a surety that gives the material renewed relevance: York feels the swing or the bossa in each moment rather than merely imitating the singers to whom she owes her style. And this presence is what sets her apart.

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Libby York: Sunday in New York

Read "Sunday in New York" reviewed by Elliott Simon

The selections chosen for vocalist Libby York’s new offering, Sunday in New York, find this classically cool song stylist in what seems to be familiar territory. A trio led by pianist Renee Rosnes is very comfortable with itself and includes her aptly named sidemen: drummer and husband Billy Drummond and bassist Todd Coolman. The three have no trouble navigating the potpourri of vocal standards that York skillfully delivers in a format that instills an intimate feel to material that is ...

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Libby York: Sunday in New York

Read "Sunday in New York" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Libby York is a cabaret-type vocalist with jazz sensibilities on her second album, Sunday in New York. Released in an attractive digipak format with an A List jazz combo and a well-paced ten selections, this release should gain her some nationwide attention. Originally from Chicago, the leader relocated to New York for the 1980s and early 90s, then moved back to Chicago where she recorded her first album for Southport in 1998.

My musical introduction to Libby ...

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Libby York: Blue Gardenia

Read "Blue Gardenia" reviewed by Jack Bowers

First, thanks to Southport Records for resisting the temptation to have vocalist Libby York strike a seductive pose à la Diana Krall to promote Libby’s debut album, Blue Gardenia. Not much is said about York except that she’s from Chicago, started singing rather late at age 35, and logged time in New York City and Key West, Florida, before returning to her hometown. She’s a polished, smoky–voiced cabaret singer with acceptable range and articulation, but I heard nothing here that ...


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