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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT CAROL FREDETTE:
"Carol Fredette is one of New York's most blissfully talented jazz singers. When
Ms. Fredette is holding court...the work of Kern, Porter, Fields and Arlen gives
new meaning to the Great American Songbook. The voice is clear, strong and intensely
musical...an exemplary "Last Night When We Were Young," so exquisitely phrased that
she infused E.Y.Harburg's lyrics with new meaning. On ballads and finger snapping
up tunes, she shows a sense of fearless vocal exploration, bending notes and taking
risks without ever losing control of her devotion to the story lines. Her dedication
to the emotional subtext of her songs turns even the most familiar classics into
new minted gems....and the stream-of-consciousness in her narrative approach to
lyrics is almost Faulknerian. Startling yet accessible. Carol Fredette is one of
the coolest jazz vocalists around. Every time I see her, I hear something new and
worthy of hearing again."
-Rex Reed, The New York Observer
"Miss Fredette brings a bracingly taut sense of line, perfect diction and fine-tuned
dynamics to everything she touches…"
-Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Carol Fredette is everything you need in a jazz singer. She thinks, swings and
phrases like a creative instrumentalist, yet her way with words captures the essence
of a lyric."
-Dan Morgenstern, author, jazz historian and critic
"Fredette has become one of Gotham's leading teachers of vocal music aspirants...gives
listeners a lesson in the art of performing a comprehensive repertoire. All of the
elements are there - poetic phrasing, emotional intensity and sheer musicality.
She's simply in a class by herself."
-Nick Catalano, Allaboutjazz.com, author of New York Nights, music critic, educator
"…Another ongoing part of Fredette's repertoire is the inclusion of several Brazilian
songs in her set list...when it comes to swinging, she is right on top of the game.
When Fredette finished the second set you sat there feeling that you were experiencing
the end of one of those evenings that you hoped would go on forever."
-Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz
"Carol Fredette generated power through understatment...she swings hard...an
uncommonly musical vocalist."
-Bob Blumenthal, Boston Globe
"Carol Fredette was cookin'...always inventive, Fredette displayed her vibrant
tableau of Brazilian, rhythm, witty and emotional favorites...outstanding phrasing...physically
and vocally expressive, her deliveries are intense, intimate, communicative, sometimes
-Elizabeth Ahlfors, Cabaret Scenes
"Haven't heard anyone do the Bing Crosby feature "Love Thy Neighbor"...since
John Coltrane in the 1950's. Fredette sings it with the joy in her voice to equal
the whooping exuberance of Trane's solo."
-Doug Ramsey, www.artsjournal.com
"Jazz vocalist Carol Fredette's singing is characterized as a clinic in singing
with perfect diction. With a linguist's ear, Fredette concretely pronounces every
word to every song she sings, as if to commit them to platinum casts for use by
International Bureau of Weights and Measures. Fredette accomplishes this not in
some self-conscious way, but with a humor and grace that portrays a fully lived
-C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz
"Sincere, heartfelt, impassioned...a few of the adjectives that help describe
Carol Fredette's way with a song. She's upbeat and joyous...wistful and blue. No
matter what she sings, Fredette makes sure to honor the lyrics and be faithful to
them. It's all about the material…making you believe the song, feel it as strongly
as she does."
-Willard Manus, Blues & Jazz Scope
"Here is a jazz interpreter who is also a fine actress, her focus held throughout
each number - always mindful to vary the color of each tune. There was a refreshing
lack of artifice throughout. The lady's purpose is to serve the song and entertain
-Charles Cochran, Birdland: Sinatra Music Society (Dublin branch)
"...the honey-voiced Fredette...sublime enunciation and skilled dynamics...highly
stylized...witty and sophisticated, does it all without gimmicks and with a sound
that belongs only to her."
-John Hogland, Backstage
"Remarkably, she maintains a delicate but controlled equilibrium of dynamics,
phrasing, tone, tasteful use of freedom and a wonderful sense of swing."
-Dr. Herb Wong, Jazz Educator's Journal
"Carol Fredette is among the upper echelon of current jazz vocalists. Fredette
really gets to the heart of a lyric...she is an enthusiastic and free-spirited presence,
filled with inventive artistry and good humor. Fredette invests her material with
the kind of freshness that she brings to every song she chooses to sing."
-Jazz Improv New York
"Deep, spicy and silky voiced...sensual and funny. When she sings, the concentration
is total, the emotions heartbreaking."
-Renaud Machart, Le Monde
"She's as good as they come."