Kate McGarry: It Might As Well Be Spring
It Might as Well be Spring
Kate McGarry (vocals)
The Target (Palmetto 2125)
Composed by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.
Recorded: New York, no date given (CD released in 2007)
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
McGarry has developed a conversational way of phrasing that is very effective in bringing a lyric to life. Other vocalists may hit the notes, but McGarry tells a story. Even an old song, such as this Rodgers and Hammerstein warhorse, sounds fresh in her arrangements. She feints, she slides, she slows down and speeds up, she chirrups brightly or whispers darkly, she twists the melody into unfamiliar shapes – but all very unaffectedly. Even when she reaches for a high note or a dramatic flourish, the move seems natural and essential to the emotional content of the music. I expect great things from this young singer.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia
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