Chris McNulty - Sings Sarah, Ella, Streisand and... McNulty!
Friday 29 July 7.00pm
Internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist, Chris McNulty returns to The Ellington in a streamlined trio setting. Her warm, soulful sound and liquid phrasing melds seamlessly across a wide range of styles and idioms. With her seductive brand of NYC swing she combines the sass of Sarah Vaughan, the elegance of Ella Fitzgerald along with a generous tip of the hat to Streisand. Well known for creating an effortless synergy with her musicians, McNulty has been weaving her magic and captivating audiences for the past few years while based in Perth, WA.
One of Australia’s great jazz vocalists, Chris McNulty, recently won the 2013 Australian Bell Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Recorded in Manhattan, Chris has lived in New York for many years but there are frequent homecomings which allow us to enjoy her undeniable talent. The songs selected on this CD have come from various genres but it is her interpretation and musicality, along with some great jazz musicians that make it shine. The repertoire that Chris chose to record and her delivery, showed what musical grace and insight she has. This is a memorable musical journey by an outstanding jazz artist, Chris McNulty.
5 Stars ***** Helen Mathews — XPRESS Magazine, July 2013
“…An absolute showstopper was a duet of guitar and vocal for the Burt Bacharach composition “Make It Easy on Yourself” where, at a slow tempo, McNulty wove a soulful descant on the melody over soft guitar chords to frame the song with a quiet poignant delicacy. It was a showcase of world- class talent and professionalism.” — John McBeath, the Advertiser, Adelaide, Australia, September 6th, 2008
“A singer of great subtlety and exceptional sensitivity. Eloquent, expressive and extremely exciting. The subtle variations she applies to each song aptly illustrate her unflinching commitment to jazz. A consummate artist, her unsentimental approach suggests a certain vulnerability and emphasises an intimacy few singers can match.” — Mike Pinfold – Wakefield Jazz, UK – January 2005
“… a terrific ability to trace serpentine routes…. she tempers the prevailing melancholy with an undercurrent of hope-fueled anticipation, resulting in a fascinating sense of looking simultaneously backward and forward…..hints at a hipper Streisand….marvellous legerdemain. ” — Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times, March 2013
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