Stephen Holden on Hilary Kole

The NYTimes goes to Birdland: “As I listened to Hilary Kole cry out the classic Irving Berlin ballad “What’ll I Do?” at Birdland on Wednesday evening, the song seemed to flow from her like a single agonizing thought. As the prospect of being alone sank in, her composure threatened to crack and her voice rose to a near-sob before her panic subsided, replaced by quiet resignation and despair. These changes were expressed subtly in a steady emotional arc as Ms. Kole’s glowing voice reined in any impulse toward hysteria.”

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