Rebecca Kilgore & John Miller | It's Easy To Remember

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It's Easy To Remember

by Rebecca Kilgore & John Miller

Jazz standards on acoustic guitar and vocal
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Old Devil Moon
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2. Mountain Greenery
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3. Put On A Happy Face
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4. Look For The Silver Lining
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5. Dreamsville
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6. He's A Tramp
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7. I'm Shooting High
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8. There's A Small Hotel
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9. Willow Road
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10. Nobody Else But Me
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11. A Certain Smile
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12. If I Were A Bell
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13. The Best Is Yet To Come
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14. Let's Get Lost
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15. I Rememer You
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16. Left Alone
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17. It's Easy To Remember
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18. Young At Heart
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19. Little Jazz Bird
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Rebecca Kilgore, singer, and John Miller, guitarist, celebrate the classics of American popular song - from hits of the teens and twenties by Jerome Kern and George Gershwin on up to the works of such present day masters as Dave Frishberg and Johnny Mandel. Rebecca's smooth vocal tone may call to mind some of the great singers of the Big Band Era, but her warm style and way of phrasing a melody are all her own. Over the years, John has evolved a guitar style which is orchestral in its chordal density, and which swings through ballads and up-tempo rhythm numbers alike. Together, Rebecca and John share a musical rapport and a love and respect for the songs they perform that translate into sheer listening enjoyment for any audience.

"Fans of the great Joe Pass/Ella Fitzgerald duets as well as Memphis Minnie and Bo Carter aficionados should definitely check out this excellent release" - Dale Miller, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, May 1999


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Lizann J Schultz

I am a fan forever.
Loved the album, relaxing and pleasing to the ear.
Rebecca Kilgore's voice alone makes any song come alive. The guitar is a perfect accompaniment and John Miller's solos show off his talent.

John Berger

It's Easy To Remember
This is perhaps my favorite albumn of all-time. Have always been a fan of John Miller, a guitarist whose is unsurpassed in the blues/jazz/standards genre. He's a genius at arranging this stuff for guitar, & his phrasing, vocabulary, & "touch" is almost overwhelming. And although his singing is quite expressive, heartfelt, & more than competent (as evidenced on his other recordings), he wasn't blessed w/ a beautiful set of pipes, as was Rebecca Kilgore. I can't stop listening to this gem! Grammy material, IMHO. They compliment each other beautifully, not unlike Ella & Louis, & that's not a stretch to say. Just about perfect!

Ed Monahan

Viva Rebecca!
Anything with Rebecca Kilgore is a joy. John Miller's sensitive guitar is a pleasant enhancement.

Ed Monahan

Viva Rebecca!
Anything with Rebecca Kilgore is a joy. John Miller's sensitive guitar is a pleasant enhancement.

Claire

Love the spare instrumentation!
I was searching for an upbeat version of "Young at Heart" for a tap dance number (don't ask) when I came across the lovely rendition on this CD--not tapable, to be sure, but so infectious that I had to have it. A reviewer on one Web site attempted to steer new Kilgore fans away from this CD, suggesting that the more deeply instrumented arrangements on her other CDs were more suited to her voice. But I listened to clips from all of her CDs, and I love the spare instrumentation in this one! All of the pieces here are perfect duets--with vocals and guitar beautifully interdependent, yet independently beautiful.

When Kilgore and Miller make their next CD together, I hope they invest in cover art that better reflects the superb quality of the music.

Lee Gray

Jay Leno,etc should showcase these two. Sinfully wonderful sound..
If I were a bird I could sing it. These two make music one can listen to with total enjoyment. I'm from the school that feels people should understand the words and lilt with the music. Please get them to make another and then notify me. Do they performing live anywhere in the NW?

Ted Eschliman, Site Author www.jazzmando.com

Some of the most delicious music I've heard all year...
This is some of the most delicious music I've heard all year. Not only are the songs executed flawlessly, the warmth and emotion leap out of my CD player. Two musicians who perfectly complement each other, Killgore with her charming vocal delivery, Miller with his mastery of the accompanying guitar jazz vocabulary, deliver a package far greater than the sum of its parts.
I'll confess my bias, I love jazz standards, especially the "show tunes," but while I've heard them performed by other artists much more dramatically "showy" I'd choose Killgore's understated finesse in a heartbeat.
She's a classic example of a singer who's chops convey precise intonation, perfect phrasing, immaculate vocal technique, all without a hint of the "sanitization" effect of institutional educational corruption. Demonstrating that "trained singer" doesn't have to be an oxymoron, I could listen to her all night.
Miller, who's work I'm most familiar with in a different gypsy/choro duo setting with mandolinist, John Reischman, is no slouch either. His "one-man-rhythm section" prowess fills the harmonic spectrum of each track like an orchestra, yet with the confines of an extremely palatable "string-band" timbre and environment. (Only without the band...) After perfectly comping behind her lyrics, his subsequent solos round out Killgore's statements, chewing up a smorgasbord of fresh melodic ingredients.
This CD was a very pleasant surprise. My only regret is that it isn't better known.
There are 19 songs on here. That's a lot.
But I want more!

Tomax


This CD contains well known and lesser known jazz standards from the 20's to the 60's, played with just voice and guitar. Rebecca Kilgore has a warm colour to her voice. It's a pleasure to listen to her and forget everything else. She does very nice interpretations of the songs and sticks mainly to the melodic themes, hardly any vocal improvisations. John Miller plays a flattop guitar with fingerstyle comp-techniques. He does very colourful accompaniments and adds very fine sologuitar improvisations in between without any overdubs. The overall mood is very relaxed and the quality perfect throughout the whole set. Congratulations, what a beautifuI CD, I just love it!