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Hilary Kole - The Judy Garland Project (2016)

14-02-2016, 23:04
Jazz | Vocal Jazz | FLAC / APE

Title: The Judy Garland Project
Year Of Release: 2016
Label: Miranda Music
Genre: Jazz Vocals
Quality: FLAC | MP3
Total Time: 65:02
Total Size: 367 MB | 149 MB

1. Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart (4:12)
2. The Boy Next Door (4:14)
3. Just In Time (2:55)
4. You Made Me Love You (4:59)
5. Stompin' At The Savoy (3:34)
6. The Man That Got Away (4:21)
7. A Cottage For Sale (6:28)
8. I Wish I Were In Love Again (3:13)
9. Look For The Silver Lining (3:41)
10. The Trolley Song (3:27)
11. Get Happy (3:38)
12. Embraceable You (4:33)
13. As Long As He Needs Me (5:19)
14. It Never Was You (4:21)
15. Over The Rainbow (6:01)

A great singer is a method actor. Within each song is a role, a character. And what we refer to as interpretation is acting. The caveat of course is, to ring true and be believable, it has to be real. The actor must reach down to the deepest depths and up to the highest heights of her own experience to deliver a performance that completes the electrical/emotional circuit of truth.

Hilary Kole, on this stunningly fresh collection of performances of songs from the well-worn repertoire of Judy Garland, reveals and brings new life to the emotional core of each tune while revealing herself as a consummate interpreter. A goddess, wielding lightning bolts of electricity and emotion that break through the clouds and reach our very souls. While never attempting to imitate Garland, she succeeds in telling Judy’s story — relaying the joy of falling in love, the hope that love will prevail, the heartbreak when love fails. And most importantly, the gathering of the will and desire to pick oneself up again to give it one more try.

Accompanied by pianist John DiMartino, bassist Paul Gill, and drummer Aaron Kimmel, this album cooks. These are swingin' jazz interpretations, loaded with improvisation and solos, like a late-night set in a smoky Village jazz club. The ballads luxuriate you in washes of tone and texture, then wrap you in vocal and instrumental silks and satins.

The song choices are based on Hilary’s successful live performances of the Judy canon, her “Over the Rainbow” tribute concerts held the world over. It was fresh from a series of these performances in Japan that Hilary came to the studio, bringing the energy and vitality of the live concert hall into the studio on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. With the tape machine rolling, Hilary and the boys performed at a remarkable level of focus and concentration; a well-oiled jazz machine of intricate interplay and in-the-moment flourishes that only those well versed in the language of jazz can provide.

And then, finally the icing on the cake: Hilary Kole’s stunning interpretation of the most famous song of all. The signature tune that followed Judy through her whole life, changing meanings constantly from her teen years through her battles with demons of all kinds. The song that was almost cut from its famous movie because it was “too sad”. The song written in 1939, as World War II was brewing in Europe, the Great Depression was in full swing here at home, and storm clouds were gathering. It is from that starting point that Kole sat with pen to paper and began writing her remarkable string quartet arrangement to that remarkable song. In her equally stunning vocal performance, she embodies every measure of despair — yet every measure of hope — the composers intended. It is a show stopper.

This album is the work of a true artist in every sense of the word. It is an honor and privilege to have captured these performances, and to share them with you now. ~Richard Barone

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Panhistoricus   User offline   16 February 2016 10:44

To all audio purists the flac files seems to be mp3 converted files.

I tested the flac files again after a new DL and I was wrong: they're not converted mp3 files. Its a real CD-A!
I'm so sorry for my previous posting.

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kamane   User offline   16 February 2016 14:34

Hey Panhistoricus

Are you kidding me? This is a real FLAC and came from CDBaby.
You better test it again.
As the txt file can be manipulated I will leave here a picture of the results.
Check it and say I'm sorry. You checked the mp3 version for sure.

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Panhistoricus   User offline   16 February 2016 15:19

OK, thank your for your reply I'll test it again downloading the flac files again, maybe it was my fault.

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ogutierrez   User offline   17 February 2016 20:20

Thank you v. m.

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