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Hilary Kole: The Judy Garland Project

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Though her career touched four decades, Judy Garland released surprisingly few albums. None, save 1961’s landmark Judy at Carnegie Hall, were major successes; her recordings generated nowhere near the sales or acclaim of LPs by such contemporaries as Sinatra, Nat Cole and Peggy Lee. Yet, thanks largely to her film work, Garland’s well of signature tunes is as deep as her peers’.

Attempting to replicate Garland’s power and panache is a fool’s gambit. No one can, or ever will, match the unique yin-yang of her towering vocal fearlessness and naked emotional vulnerability. So her material is best tapped in fresh, inventive ways, as Rufus Wainwright did with his note-for-note reimagining of the Carnegie Hall concert, and as Hilary Kole does across these 15 jazz-infused covers.

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