Artist: April Hall
Title Of Album: Hall Sings Hines
Year Of Release: 2005
Genre: Jazz Vocals
Label: Spice Rack Records
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 42:24
Total Size: 102 MB
01. I Go For You (4:20)
02. I-95 (3:03)
03. Just Us (4:26)
04. 4 Blues (5:41)
05. Encinitas (5:50)
06. To The Street (2:37)
07. A Stone (5:34)
08. We Could Have The Same (5:24)
09. Traces (5:24)
If the music that Hall and Hines make represents an extension of their personalities, they both must be people possessed of an uplifting panache, a dash of style. "I Go for You" opens the set with a swaying tempo that Hall navigates with a fluid grace, a rich tone, and an appealing assurance, before Pamela Hines takes a solo that seems informed by Bill Evans, but with a more outward-looking attitude, vivid and bright. Hines' songwriting has-here and elsewhere in the set-a classic feeling, Cole Porter-esque in terms of melody.
"I-95" ups the tempo on a Latin groove, with bassist John Lockwood and drummer Reed Dieffenbach shining, in accompaniment and some solo space. In lesser hands bass solos have a way of dragging a tune down, but Lockwood's work lifts it, in front of Deiffenbach's bouncy drums. "Just Us" is a good old-fashioned love song that makes me think of those great late-'40s/early-50's musicals. The tune features Hall in achingly beautiful voice in front of bass and drums-nice brush work by Dieffenbach-with Hines sparkling around the vocal.
"4 Blues" changes the pace, kicking out the jams, in a belt-it-out affair for Hall, with the band cooking, with a quirky, slightly angular solo from Hines. "Encinitas" (named for one of California's prettiest cities, nestled on the coast twenty miles north of San Diego) drifts into a relaxed mode, with Hines' solo sounding like sunlight glinting off the faces of blue waves.
An impressive vocal effort covering some fine original Pamela Hines tunes. ~Dan McClenaghan
Personnel: April Hall: vocals; John Lockwood: bass; Redd Dieffenbach: drums; Pamela Hines: piano.
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