Monday, December 6, 2010
Hilary Kole: You Are There
Her latest (and second) album is called You Are There. You can read my PopMatters review HERE. This disc features eleven (11!) different jazz pianists in duet with Kole. And they are the best in the biz: Cedar Walton, Kenny Barron, Alan Broadbent, the late/great Hank Jones, and on and on it goes. And some of the tracks here are exquisite. The version of "I Remember" from Sondheim's Evening Primrose is absolutely sublime. Some of the more played-to-death standards are good but not revelatory—"Lush Life" with Barron, for example, is merely very good. But how many very good "Lush Life"s have you heard?
This project was constructed over four years, and it's incredible that a young singer like Kole could get the deans of jazz piano to work with her on such a focused project. She's a huge talent. But you're excused if You Are There isn't a disc you return to over and over again. It's too much of too little. Or something like that.