Hale Baskin--So young, so good, so “Classic”
Swinging young singer delivers on early promise with hot new CD
Jazz lovers who have been following the career of San Francisco Bay Area singer Hale Baskin since she began winning local and national awards early in her high school career will certainly not be surprised by the mature, assured and, most importantly, eminently delightful Hale Baskin on display on Hale’s second as a leader, her brand new recording “Classic.”
Those just learning about Hale are still in plenty of time to get in on experiencing the rapid-fire growth of this impressively talented and swinging young chanteuse. After all, even with two CDs as a leader to her credit, plus a basketful of performance awards and even a European tour to her credit, Hale Baskin is just heading off to college this fall!
Hale certainly wrapped up her high school career in fine style. Most prominently, perhaps, there’s the recording and release of “Classic,” featuring outstanding Bay Area jazz stars like pianists Larry Dunlap and Dee Spencer, trombonist Wayne Wallace and trumpeter John Worley, Jr. Hale’s mature musical presence is on full display on this CD. Listen to her dynamic, heartfelt reading of “God Bless the Child,” her joyfully swinging take on “Sitting in Limbo,” a song Hale first sang as a three-year-old, and the sassy romp through “Summertime” that ends with a joyous vocal duet with singer Nate Pruitt, who just happens to be Hale’s voice coach. Longtime fans will especially savor the leaps Hale has made in both the maturity and imaginative quality of her phrasing.