Jazz Times critic Christopher Loudon states that Hardy lives, like [Kurt] Elling and [Bobby] McFerrin, in a musical world of her own, and it is a marvelously dynamic place.
With one step into the world of Julie Hardy, it is clear that she is not a typical jazz singer. The Wish, her new release on World Culture Music (September 2007), shows us a highly trained composer, improviser and re-inventor of jazz standards, backed by a spectacular collection of some of New York's best young jazz talent.
Through a diverse program of wordless originals and re-workings of timeless standards, Hardy has developed a sound that is truly unique and honest. She aims to tell a story with or without lyrics and she carefully chooses repertoire based on a strong, personal connection. Arranging is a way of making standards my own and connecting to the song. Hardy's unique and modern approach puts a fresh spin on the standards she sings, helping to bring them into the here and now instead of looking back towards the past. I chose the songs on this record because they move me and not because it is expected of me as a jazz singer.
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“...Inspirationally, [Julie Hardy is] at home with Kurt Elling or Bobby McFerrin, painting eloquent tone poems and vibrant scat-framed landscapes as she wanders wherever imagination and keen intelligence
lead. Eight tracks shape Hardy's A Moment's Glance (Fresh Sound New
Talent), divided equally between ingenious covers (including a superb-
ly introspective Haunted Heart and a stridently urgent It's All Right
With Me) and perpsicacious originals (most notably the angulary romantic title track and euphoric Growing)...Hardy lives, like Elling
and McFerrin, in a musical world of her own, and it is a marvelously
- Christopher Loudon
JazzTimes (June 2005)
Julie Hardy’s debut CD, A Moment’s Glance, introduced a singer well equipped to handle everything modern jazz vocalism demands:
candlelit standards (”My Romance”), repurposed pop hits (”And I Love Him”), effortless improvisation and a strong writer’s pen...We’re eager to hear what comes next.
-Steve Smith, TimeOut New York
...Hardy's voice is acrobatic and pliable but she doesn't rub her formidable skills in your face, delivering the words in a tone that is often soft and impressionistic as Luciana Souza
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