CD Review by Barry O’Sullivan

hetty Kate dimallthelights

Album: Dim All the Lights
Artist:   Hetty Kate
Release Date: June 2014
Label:    ABC Classics

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On her newest recording Hetty Kate sings vintage love songs from the catalogues of June Christy, Julie London and Peggy Lee.With band members,Sam Keevers (piano), James Sherlock (guitar), Ben Robertson (bass), Danny Farrugia (drums) she has returned to her first love, the Great American Songbook, and is carving out a career as one of the country’s foremost interpreters of popular songs from yesteryear.

On this recording Hetty and her musical colleagues have found just the right touch  in communicating the vagaries of our experience of love and its complexities.

A technically gifted vocalist she cruises through five star versions of “The Thrill Is Gone”,”In The Still Of The Night “ and “Cry Me A River” keeping close to the melody and just letting her own pure tone and the  lyrics work their magic while bringing them to vibrant and exciting life as if each were an expression of her own private thoughts. ”Something Cool” is a perfect example and one of the best tracks on the album, with the sensitive piano of Sam Keevers expertly caressing her vocals along with the gentle brushing of Danny Farrugia’s drums,perfectly blending with James Sherlocks sublime guitar chords,providing a showcase for a torch singer of international status.

Barry OSullivan is the Producer/Presenter of a national music program A Jazz Hour now approaching its fourteenth year on the national Community Radio Network making it one the longest running jazz music programs on the FM Airwaves. Barry also produces and presents a variety of jazz programs for Sydney digital radio station FINE MUSIC Digital and reviews jazz music recordings for the international webpage, All About Jazz, and Fine Music Magazine. Barry strongly supports Australian jazz and contemporary improvised music from his home base in The Blue Mountains, NSW.