Top 5 BEST VOCAL RELEASE 2017 by The New York City Jazz Record!
GREAT REVIEWS from USA (All About Jazz, The NYC Jazz Record, Jazzweekly), GERMANY (jAZZPODIUM) and DENMARK (GAFFA, POLITIKEN, BERLINGSKE a.o.)
5 STARS in GAFFA, a major Danish music magazine
4,5 STARS out of 5 in ALL ABOUT JAZZ + on a TOP 10 BEST RELEASES 2017!
4 HEARTS in Politiken, major Danish newspaper
“"Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass set the bar high for guitar-vocal duos. Danish singer LILLY (-Ann Hertzman) and guitarist Gilad Hekselman touch that bar with Tenderly."”
“Lillys and Hekselman’s arrangements reach almost the impossible of regenerating standards like the title track, “You Go To My Head”, “Skylark” and “Day Dream” to the point of ownership rather than reinterpretation”
“A setup so simple and yet so complex. Phrasings filled with an understanding of space and pause. Guitar lines and vocal chords. Guitar chords and vocal lines. A symbiosis, a deep conversation, not chitter-chatter. Poetry sung tenderly.”
“His playing in “Skylark” urges this, all the intros, accompaniments and soli are unique works of art”. (...) “End result: This duo is a new, very tall, bright lighthouse in the variety of this kind of duo occupation”
“I am touched and deeply impressed by Lillys new album, Tenderly... So touched and impressed, that I have to say, that Tenderly is not only Lillys best release until date, but one of the recent years best Danish vocaljazzalbums!”
“Her voice is warm and calm, and she feels completely relaxed in this setting, using space as a sound..." (...) Hekselman delivers dainty intros like flowing drapery on a glistening “Skylark” and sparkling “Day Dream” while some creative pedal work creates a pastoral “You’re Everything. Gentleness and gentility at its best." ”