Editor’s Pick – Halie Loren – Stages

With a repertoire that includes dazzling originals and sly covers from artists like U2, The Kinks, Melody Gardot, and Pete Seeger, Halie Loren’s impeccable delivery helps these jazzy tunes flow seamlessly from one to the next. With a minimal jazz band (piano, upright bass, drums, plus occasional trumpet) accompaniment, Loren’s silky voice should appeal to fans of likeminded crossover jazz singers like Diana Krall and Norah Jones. The real standout track is her original folky pop “Free to be Loved by Me” which calls to mind both Carly Simon and Sarah McLachlan, with the nice addition of male harmony vocals. Her respect for the past is undeniable, while her finger on the pulse of modern music gives her songs a wide appeal that reaches far beyond jazz clubs. This is really good stuff that would sound excellent when paired with a latte and scone. Just try it and you’ll see.

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