Long Ago and Far Away: Kelly Harland Sings Jerome Kern

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
With a full album dedicated to Jerome Kern's contributions to the Great American Songbook, it's not terribly surprising that Kelly Harland should come across as a bit of a torch singer. Luckily though, Harland's got stronger abilities than the average torch singer. Where so many female jazz singers try to spice up the songbook with a little power and show, or try to vamp up the songbook like Eartha Kitt followers, Harland simply sings with a straightforward approach and a sweet voice. Of course, the compositions themselves are all first-class, as one would expect with this kind of focus. The rhythm section (pianist Bill Mays and bassist Chuck Deardorf) provides able ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
With a full album dedicated to Jerome Kern's contributions to the Great American Songbook, it's not terribly surprising that Kelly Harland should come across as a bit of a torch singer. Luckily though, Harland's got stronger abilities than the average torch singer. Where so many female jazz singers try to spice up the songbook with a little power and show, or try to vamp up the songbook like Eartha Kitt followers, Harland simply sings with a straightforward approach and a sweet voice. Of course, the compositions themselves are all first-class, as one would expect with this kind of focus. The rhythm section (pianist Bill Mays and bassist Chuck Deardorf) provides able accompaniment, with a streak of outstanding exploration here and there (just wait for the solos from both in "The Song Is You"). For fans of female jazz vocalists who are just a bit tired of the standard lounge-based torch singer, Kelly Harland should provide an excellent reprieve, with more sensitivity to the lyrics and the music itself. Paying proper respect to the music rather than strong-arming the songs just to show off pays off beautifully.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/17/2008
  • Label: Origin Records
  • UPC: 805558250927
  • Catalog Number: 82509
  • Sales rank: 133,938

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kelly Harland Primary Artist, Vocals
Bill Mays Piano
Chuck Deardorf Bass
Technical Credits
Jerome Kern Composer
Jim Bredouw Engineer
Ed Brooks Mastering
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Chuck Deardorf Producer, Audio Production
Ira Gershwin Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Otto Harbach Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Reed Ruddy Engineer
Garey Shelton Engineer
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