The Late SetA-Train / Anzic Records #ad - Gardner, a classically trained singer who is also a member of the singing trio Duchess, is blessed with an exceptionally pure tone and a simplicity of expression that brings out the nuances of the great lyrics herein. The late set conjures up a nostalgic vision, harold arlen and jule styne among them that are by turns melancholy, creating an intimate, Irving Berlin, after-hours vibe with a collection of songs by masters Harry Warren and Al Dubin, Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers, romantic and rollicking.
The Late Set #ad - . Like a perfect soufflé, hilary gardner and ehud asherie's delicate and tasty new album combines simple ingredients in a magical way: just a singer, a piano and a lovingly curated selection of songs from the Great American Songbook. In asherie, she has the right person for the job: He's a superb accompanist whose sensitivity provides ballast for an exploratory jazz spirit that finds expression in his solos.
Laughing At LifeAnzic #ad - Highlights of laughing at life include a finger-snapping take on the billie holiday/count Basie number "Swing Brother Swing!" The band grooves beautifully behind the singers in "On the Sunny Side of the Street, " while Cole Porter's ballad "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" comes to life thanks to the purity of The Duchess vocal weave.
Duchess - the trio featuring rising-star new york singers amy cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou - has won hearts far and wide with it's insouciant swing, sweet-toned harmonies and a stage presence that has proved irresistible to audiences from coast to coast, and across Canada. 2017 release.
Laughing At Life #ad - Now duchess presents it's second album: Laughing at Life. And the trio presents the previously unrecorded "dawn, youngest of 1930s close-harmony trio the Boswell Sisters of New Orleans, " a mellifluous song co-written decades ago by Vet Boswell, a key historic muse for Duchess. There are two guest stars: Anat Cohen clarinet and Wycliffe Gordon trombone and vocals.
The track list includes beloved songs by Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington and Ray Charles, as well as lesser-known numbers given the infectious Duchess spin. Produced, laughing at life pairs duchesswith an ace new york band: pianist Michael Cabe, by arranger Oded-Lev Ari, bassist Matt Arono and drummer Jared Schonig, like the trio's debut album, plus saxophonist Je Lederer and guitarist Jesse Lewis.
In the words of the new yorker, these virtuoso entertainers "traffic in delight, " as they channel the inspiration of vintage vocal trios into a fun-loving package that feels utterly up-to-date.
DuchessANZIC RECORDS #ad - Duchess pairs the vocal trio with an ace new York band: pianist Michael Cabe, bassist Paul Sikivie and drummer Matt Wilson, plus saxophonist Jeff Lederer and guitarist Jessie Lewis. Sure-footed swing, featuring notable new york singers Amy Cervini, sweet-toned harmony and ever insouciant charm are embodied in the new Jazz vocal trio Duchess, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou.
A blend of the vintage and the fresh, Duchess is a fizzing cocktail of an album. The songs of duchess range from the Peggy Lee number "I Love Being Here with You" and Johnny Mercer's "P. S. I love you" to new twists on "que Sera, Sera" and the indelible standard "I'll Be Seeing You. There's a playful gershwin rarity with "Blah, Blah, Blah" and a direct Boswell Sisters homage with their arrangement of "Heebie Jeebies.
Duchess #ad - And there are solo spots for each of the duchess ladies with "My Brooklyn Love Song" Gardner, "A Doodlin' Song" Cervini and "Humming to Myself" Stylianou. The group's debut album - duchess, channels the 1930's inspiration of the virtuosic Boswell Sisters into a wonderfully entertaining and contemporary package.
Rain Or ShineHighNote #ad - The soulfully expressive tenor saxophonist, a time when some of the earliest pioneers of jazz saxophone -- Coleman Hawkins, Houston Person learned his craft in the 1950s, Lester Young, Ben Webster -- were playing. With his long-time friend and colleague, assured elegance and poise are again on display giving listeners an object lesson in unfussy, Person's burnished sophistication, cornetist Warren Vaché and guitarist Rodney Jones, no-gimmicks music-making.
Rain Or Shine #ad - Like sonny rollins and a handful of others, Person is an eloquent messenger who is rooted in traditional blues, church music, Broadway love songs and the mimicking of a singer's tonal palette and phrasing. His blues feel led to a renaissance among acid-jazz clubbers years later, expressed in shrugging hoots, briefly cantering bop sprints, and his sound has become uniquely characterful: an idiosyncratic edit of all he has learned, spacious and softly blown ballads.