...a fresh, sunny sound garnished with a healthy dollop of Lena Horne's phrasing.
On her second Origin release, vocalist Kelly Harland teams up with the great Bill Mays for a simple and sophisticated collection of Jerome Kern classics. The collaboration between Harland and Mays began when Bill heard one of Kelly's previous albums and became a fan. Kelly had already established a love affair with Bill's playing many years before, so when they met at the Pt. Townsend Jazz Festival they talked about recording together. Bassist/producer Chuck Deardorf rounds out the trio for a dreamlike set of songs perfectly suited to Kelly's mellow tone. Featured songs include "Yesterdays," "The Folks Who Live on the Hill," and "I'm Old-Fashioned." As one of the top studio and background vocalists in Seattle for many years, Kelly made a name for herself playing behind such acts as Ray Charles and Etta James. She toured with many bands and became a seasoned studio singer, contributing to many national albums, singing on hundreds of commercials, as well as recording her own material for major labels Epic and A&M.
1. I'm Old-Fashioned 3:43
2. Look For The Silver Lining 3:54
3. The Folks Who Live On The Hill 5:08
4. Yesterdays 5:39
5. Long Ago (And Far Away) 4:17
6. Don't Ever Leave Me 3:11
7. The Song Is You 3:57
8. Can I Forget You / Smoke Gets In Your Eyes 6:04
9. Make Believe 4:30
10. All The Things You Are 4:45
Kelly Harland - vocals
Bill Mays - piano
Chuck Deardorf - bass
Produced by Chuck Deardorf
Engineered by Reed Ruddy and Jim Bredouw at A Friend's
Place, Orcas Island, WA, September 2006 & April & May 2007
Engineered and mixed by Garey Shelton at Garey Shelton Studio
Mastered by Ed Brooks at RFI CD Mastering
Photographs of Kelly by Rosanne Olson
Tray photograph by Ursula Alter
Cover design by John Bishop
All Music Guide (Adam Greenberg)
With a full album dedicated to Jerome Kern's contributions to the Great American Songbook, it's not terribly surprising that Kelly Harland should come across as a bit of a torch singer. Luckily though, Harland's got stronger abilities than the average torch singer. Where so many female jazz singers try to spice up the songbook with a little power a ...
LA Jazz Scene (Roger Crane)
Another exploration of Jerome Kern is always welcome. Kern was the model and inspiration for Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers and all the masters who followed. Seattle-based vocalist Kelly Harland could not have chosen a richer source of quality songs. She also could not have chosen a better duo to accompany her. The always tasteful Bill Mays is at t ...
The Davis Enterprise, December 4, 2003 (Ric Bang)
Vocalist Kelly Harland has been singing for a long, long time. I'm sure you've heard her, but I'm also sure - unless you're a music insider - that you don't know her. Why? Because she's what is known as an "on-call" studio and backup vocalist. This Seattle-based artists is one of the many folks who make singing commercials and is hired by visiti ...