On her latest CD, Fun Out of Life
, April Hall revitalizes the classic jazz standard, creating music that's alive with energy and attitude. From subtly nuanced ballads to soul-drenched blues, the emotional power of her delivery is perfectly framed by the elegant simplicity of her arrangements.
Hall's performance is deeply personal on I've Got the World on a String" and unapologetically swinging on Foolin' Myself." She sings Jimmy Rushing's “Boogie Woogie Blues” with an authentic southern swagger, and gives an unforgettably sultry rendition of Percy Mayfield's protest song Please Send Me Someone to Love" (featuring New Orleans saxophonist Amadee Castenell, of Allen Toussaint and Elvis Costello).
Add to these stunning vocals a stellar ensemble that organically follows the lead of Hall’s exquisite phrasing, and you can be sure that this collection of great American songs will provide any lover of jazz with a great deal of Fun Out of Life
- I’ve Got the World on a String
- Boogie Woogie Blues (I May Be Wrong)
- Foolin’ Myself
- You Must Believe in Spring
- Crazy He Calls Me
- The Face I Love
- Please Send Me Someone To Love
- This Can’t Be Love
- I’m a Fool to Want You
- Nevertheless (I’m in Love with You)
- How Deep is the Ocean
- Getting Some Fun Out of Life
Praise for April Hall
...Her voice is supple and she uses phrasing to bring out the emotional strength of the lyrics... Hall makes the lyric jump and sit up with her vocal acrobatics." --All About Jazz
The effulgent Hall has a rich commanding voice and the stage presence of an old soul of jazz." --Boston Globe
Hall's vocals soar...her range of vocal ability goes from soft and understated to powerful an heartfelt." --Jazz Reviews.com
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