You Are There: Duets

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
For her second recording, Hilary Kole has pulled off a coup any jazz singer can only dream of, yet it has become real. You Are There contains 13 vocal-piano duets recorded over a five-year period with some of the most renowned pianists in history, including Dave Brubeck and Hank Jones. It's even better to hear Kole's pitch-perfect voice alongside these unquestioned masters in mostly subtle ballad versions of standards. What is also true is the program varies little from track to track -- consistent for sure, but not arresting to the point where it is commanding. The tracks with Jones will be paid attention to because of his passing before the release of the CD, but it...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
For her second recording, Hilary Kole has pulled off a coup any jazz singer can only dream of, yet it has become real. You Are There contains 13 vocal-piano duets recorded over a five-year period with some of the most renowned pianists in history, including Dave Brubeck and Hank Jones. It's even better to hear Kole's pitch-perfect voice alongside these unquestioned masters in mostly subtle ballad versions of standards. What is also true is the program varies little from track to track -- consistent for sure, but not arresting to the point where it is commanding. The tracks with Jones will be paid attention to because of his passing before the release of the CD, but it is his distinctive, stride-flavored piano on "If I Had You" that remains timeless. Brubeck's playful piano on "These Foolish Things" and his own "Strange Meadowlark" give Kole a bit more of a challenge. With Freddy Cole on piano and vocals, Kole teams up in separate lyric voicings during "It's Always You," the most delightful track of the set. Then there's "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise" with Benny Green extrapolating to a great degree, and Steve Kuhn getting into an atypical bluesy mood on "Two for the Road." There's nothing to really criticize about Hilary Kole's voice or inflections -- she's good as gold -- while all of the pianists play sensitively to the hilt. It's the kind of project that makes one yearn for more, a good thing in one sense, and leads to thinking about what it could have been with some variance in the rhythmic department.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/2010
  • Label: Justin Time Records
  • UPC: 068944856121
  • Catalog Number: 8561
  • Sales rank: 14,087

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hilary Kole Primary Artist, Vocals
Monty Alexander Piano
Alan Broadbent Piano
Dave Brubeck Piano
Hank Jones Piano
Steve Kuhn Piano
Michel Legrand Piano
Cedar Walton Piano
Freddy Cole Piano, Vocals
Kenny Barron Piano
Benny Green Piano
Mike Renzi Piano
Technical Credits
Sigmund Romberg Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Henry Mancini Composer
Dave Brubeck Composer
Dave Frishberg Composer
Michel Legrand Composer
Jonathan Schwartz Liner Notes
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Jim Czak Engineer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Johnny Mandel Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Carol Friedman Art Direction
Harry Link Composer
Jack Strachey Composer
Reginald Connelly Composer
Holt Marvell Composer
Jimmy Campbell Composer
Iola Brubeck Composer
Caroline Albert Production Design
Hilary Kole Liner Notes
Mary Ann Topper Management
Bill Moss Engineer, Mastering
Anthony Iannucci Engineer
Gianni Valenti Producer, Liner Notes
Te Shapiro Composer
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