You Are There: Duets

You Are There: Duets

by Hilary Kole


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You Are There: Duets

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/10/2010
Label: Justin Time Records
UPC: 0068944856121
catalogNumber: 8561
Rank: 86519

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   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
Anthony Iannucci   Engineer
Gianni Valenti   Producer,Liner Notes
Te Shapiro   Composer

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