April Hall | Fun Out of Life

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Fun Out of Life

by April Hall

Jazz female vocals, alive with energy and attitude. From subtly nuanced ballads to soul drenched blues, the emotional power of April’s delivery is perfectly framed by the elegant simplicity of her arrangements of these classic jazz standards.
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1. I've Got the World On a String
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2. Boogie Woogie Blues (I May Be Wrong)
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3. Foolin' Myself
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4. You Must Believe in Spring
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5. Crazy He Calls Me
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6. The Face I Love
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7. Please Send Me Someone to Love
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8. This Can't Be Love
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9. I'm a Fool to Want You
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10. Nevertheless (I'm in Love With You)
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11. How Deep Is the Ocean
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12. Getting Some Fun Out of Life
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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On her latest CD, “Fun Out of Life”, April Hall revitalizes the classic jazz standard, creating music that’s alive with energy and attitude. From subtly nuanced ballads to soul-drenched blues, the emotional power of her delivery is perfectly framed by the elegant simplicity of her arrangements.

Hall’s performance is deeply personal on “I’ve Got the World on a String” and unapologetically swinging on “Foolin’ Myself”. She sings Jimmy Rushing’s “Boogie Woogie Blues” with an authentic southern swagger, and gives an unforgettably sultry rendition of Percy Mayfield‘s protest song “Please Send Me Someone to Love” (featuring New Orleans saxophonist Amadee Castenell, of Allen Toussaint and Elvis Costello).

Add to these stunning vocals a stellar ensemble that organically follows the lead of Hall’s exquisite phrasing, and you can be sure that this collection of great American songs will provide any lover of vocal jazz with a great deal of “Fun Out of Life”!


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lindanyc

Fun Out of LIfe - you said it!!
The rich, lively sound of April Hall's voice and the way she tells the stories of these great jazz standards leaves nothing behind. Let's face it, you going to Feel Better and Appreciate Life more when listening to this CD. From the uplifting, hopeful 'You Must Believe in Spring', to the stirring 'Crazy He Calls Me', and not to mention the joy in 'I've Got the World on a String', April and her excellent band really deliver. I put this on my ipod and I play it a lot. Love it!!

Sean B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

Fabulous classic Jazz Standards
“Fun Out of Life” is the most recent release from the fabulous and highly talented Jazz vocalist, April Hall. Hall's voice has the ability to not only be in constant key but also adds considerable spice to each variety of Jazz song she attempts; which range from soulful ballads, to bluesy renditions, to high energy pieces. In “Crazy He Calls Me,” April interacts with some well played Jazz piano and just a dash of drums to deliver a mellow tune that shows off how her voice can be warm and inviting. Another song, “Boogie Woogie Blues (I May Be Wrong)” Hall gets a little groovier with a toe tapping, more Bluesy beat accompanied by a dynamic singing style. Then the song, “The Face I Love” we find a more traditional Jazz piece that features a fluttering flute line that subtlety jumps around Hall’s velvety vocals. If you like Jazz for its pure musicianship or for how it can at times settle you down and take your mind back to another era, then you should acquaint yourself with April Hall and her singing prowess featured on the album, “Fun Out of Life.”

Elizabeth

perfect listening
I am in heaven listening to this album. It is the perfect mix of spirit and soul. Each time I listen I find something new to appreciate in the arrangements, the styling, the musicianship. This is not your grandmother's collection of jazz standards - it is fresh, lovely and a joy to hear. Thank you, Ms. Hall.

The Boston Globe

Chill Baby Chill!
“The effulgent Hall has a rich commanding voice and the stage pressence of an old soul of jazz.” -Boston Globe

motenswing

Deep & swinging
Great vocal technique and a wonderful, heartfelt personal style. April Hall sings these songs with the depth of feeling and nuance they deserve, and she is seriously swinging at the same time. Highly recommended!

K-Coogan

Oh yes, this album has come out at exactly the right time!
Why do certain things get released into the world at certain times? Who knows. But in these turbulent times, April Hall’s new album “Fun Out of Life” was launched at just the right time.

When I first started listening to it, I felt I was being brought back to another era where life was different. Where you imagined you walked into a club and the songs being sung lifted you, gave you hope, and somehow you take them with you out into your life. I realized midway through the album that I was wrong. Hall wasn’t taking me back, no, she was bringing the past to me — into the present — and giving the songs new life in the process.

Hall’s singing is superb. She has a smooth delivery but knows how to rough it up when needed, but it’s always filled with life. She’s done all the arrangements on the album and selected a phenomenal group of musicians for her orchestra. It seems to me the order of the songs are no accident. Right from the first track, with “I’ve Got the World on a String”, she’s setting the stage of what’s to come. She’s telling us in her title what she wants us to have by the end her album.

As you listen on, you find yourself tapping your feet for joy when she sings “Boogie Woogie Blues”, then you could just cry by the time she gets to the end of a touching rendition of “You Must Believe in Spring”. She sings it so beautifully, and the guitar on the piece adds to its emotion. Hall moves on to a peaceful open interpretation of “I’ve Got the World on a String”. She takes her time in the song to make sure we grab hold of life. Just great!

Oh yes, this album has come out at exactly the right time. When you finish listening to it you can’t help but want to get some “Fun Out of Life”.

All About Jazz

Review, All About Jazz
"...Her voice is supple and she uses phrasing to bring out the emotional
strength of the lyrics... Hall makes the lyric jump and sit up with her vocal
acrobatics.” -All About Jazz

Jazz Reviews.com

Review, Jazz Reviews Magazine
“Hall's vocals soar...her range of vocal ability goes from soft and understated
to powerful an heartfelt. ” - Jazz Reviews.com