COUNTING BEATS

Reviews and Recommended Jazz by Nick Bewsey

Tag: Hilary Gardner

DUCHESS, DUCHESS

A WRTI CD RECOMENDATION. The notion that “everything old is new again” blossoms like spring on the charming self-titled debut record by the trio, Duchess, and it’s altogether refreshing. With a sound inspired by songs sung by Boswell Sisters and the Andrews Sisters, albeit with classy, updated arrangements to charts that date back to the 1930s and 40s, Amy Cervini, Hillary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou, three strong jazz and pop vocalists with their own solid careers, serve up sophisticated humor (Cy Coleman’s “A Doodlin’ Song”) and café society swing (Peggy Lee’s “Love Being Here With You”) with the cleverest wit. Read my full review at www.wrti.org

HILARY GARDNER, THE GREAT CITY

Vocalist Hilary Gardner is a terrific singer in the tradition of Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald, with a storytelling style that’s equal parts wise, sensual and sophisticated. Gardner’s star is as bright as can be on The Great City, a sizzling debut with chill musical accompaniment (virtuosic pianist Ehud Asherie’s solos recalls Hank Jones urbane swing) that gives an aura of wonderment to her poetic collection of songs about New York. She effortlessly charms and swings on tunes like “Chelsea Morning”, but her magnetism is obvious on “Manhattan Avenue” – it’s a little black dress of a tune that fits Gardner in all the best ways. (11 tracks; 38 minutes)

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