Aluminous presence on Hawaii’s jazz scene for more than four decades, vocalist/pianist Maggie Herron is best known on the mainland as an incisive singer/ songwriter with a gift for marrying supple, unpretentious lyrics to comely melodies. With Renditions she’s finally documented her love affair with the popular song, recording a set of vintage and more recently minted standards in the graceful, understated style that has firmly ensconced her as a beloved Aloha State institution. Slated for release on August 27, 2019, on her Herron Song Records label, the album serves as the fifth indie release from a veteran artist at the peak of her craft.
Featuring a stellar cast of Los Angeles jazz masters, Renditions reveals Herron as a consummate song stylist with an exquisite sense of taste. The release comes on the heels of her third Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for Jazz Album of The Year for her album A Ton of Trouble, her fourth project focusing on her original songs. With Renditions, she offers a glimpse at the music that has made her four-night-a-week residency at the Halekulani Hotel’s Lewers Lounge into Honolulu’s premiere jazz hang.
“I’m playing standards at Lewers,” she says. “I’ll do a few originals, but I’m always writing songs, and when I finish an album I’m already working on new material, so I only play a fraction of my own pieces. I love the standards. They’re my babies, and they’re mine because I’ve made them mine from a lifetime of playing and singing them. I picked these songs from some that I feel ultra-comfortable with.”
Her latest Nā Hōkū Hanohano triumph with A Ton of Trouble further confirms Herron’s status as a leading jazz force in Hawaii. The album’s last track, a gorgeous version of Lennon and McCartney’s “In My Life,” features Koonse, serving as a graceful thematic bridge to Renditions.
In many ways Renditions captures the creative communion that Herron has conjured at Lewers Lounge. Fully at home and gracious about welcoming visiting artists, she has transferred that open-hearted generosity into the studio and her house gig. “I’ve had this gig for seven years and it’s been fantastic,” she says. “Denise Donatelli, Bob Sheppard and Bill Cunliffe always sit in when they’re visiting Honolulu. I was ready to record these songs I have loved through the years. And there are so many more I want to share.”
Official site: http://www.maggieherron.com
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