Kate McGarry: It Might As Well Be Spring


It Might as Well be Spring


Kate McGarry (vocals)


The Target (Palmetto 2125)

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Kate McGarry (vocals), Keith Ganz (guitar), Gary Versace (piano), Reuben Rogers (bass), Greg Hutchinson (drums).

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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