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Laura Coyle

by Laura Coyle

Fall in love with her timeless voice. A suite of vocal jazz standards from bossa to swing backed by Atlanta's finest quintet.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Song For My Father
5:16 album only
2. April in Paris
3:10 album only
3. Besame Mucho
5:27 album only
4. Corcovado
5:13 album only
5. Con Alma
4:40 album only
6. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
4:34 album only
7. Garota de Ipanema
4:54 album only
8. I Can't Get Started
3:12 album only
9. Little Boat
3:12 album only
10. Close Your Eyes
4:26 album only
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Album Notes
Liner notes:

The first time I met Laura Coyle, we were neighbors. A bunch of artists and creative freelancers lived in a converted Warehouse by the tracks in Atlanta. It was 1995, we were in our 20's and we were going to reinvent the world. I had a little ad shop and I asked Laura to illustrate the ads I wrote. It was great fun to hang at her studio and listen to all her crazy Jazz records and hear stories of art school and Italy. Miles, Dexter, Coltrane, Monk, Ella, she was such a purist. While the rest of us dabbled in the more age appropriate pop of Hooty or Foo Fighters, Laura was unwavering.

The second time I cross paths with Laura Coyle, we're both living in NYC. She's moved up in her career, so have I. We're both gainfully employed. It's scary. She has a side job assisting renowned jazz photographer Jimmy Katz. Shooting Joe Henderson, Dianne Reeves, Wayne Shorter, James Moody! She's beside herself. She's hanging out at the Village Vanguard at night and I see now that it wasn't a passing fling, this crazy Jazz. She's got the fever.

Years later, we've both answered the call of the South and return to our roots in Atlanta. I own a restaurant and Laura has gotten ever busier with her art...but she talks of a trio, come see us, she says.

You sing? I ask.

Well, a little.

This isn't my first run in with her humility. She'll say she "can draw" too. But I figure, her REAL talent is in illustration. Perhaps she is just an OK singer. A hobbyist. A passionate outsider. A groupie. But when I actually hear her...I see it's more than just understatement. She opens up and lets you have it. You realize that the same passion that fuels her hands is stoking the vocal fire as well.

Contained in this porcelain boned frame, this teeny redhead has pipes! She's a sleeper, I like to say. She's got a pedigree that seems to come out of nowhere. The pitch perfect clarity will remind some of Ella and the tunes she favors are ripe for ruminating. Her dedication to the study of the craft makes her hands down, one of the bigger nerds I know. She's an enthusiastic student of theory, piano and voice.

Her mentor is sought after drummer Bernard Linnette, which could explain her gift for percussive vocalization, and when he says she's got "chops"...all is well in her world.

Currently she sings with the Atlanta Jazz Chorus under the direction of Dwight Andrews, and leads her own band at dates around town, from Ray’s on the River to Churchill Grounds. She's been honored to perform with greats like Audrey Shakir and Johnny O'Neal and the list keeps growing. I'm continually amazed at her boundless talents, and her honorable treatment of the music. It's a don't miss performance, and I'm lucky to have her in my circle of friends after all these years. Her ability to do what she really loves is an inspiration.

---Michele Niesen
bon vivant
budding cougar
knower of talent

The band:
Louis Heriveaux, piano, producer
Craig Shaw, bass
Bernard Linnette, drums
Melvin Jones, trumpet
Eric Fontaine, tenor sax

Recorded by Ken Gregory at 800 East Studios, Atlanta GA

Packaging is printed in veg-based ink, all-cardboard, plastic-free, and no shrink wrap!

Portrait photography by JD Scott, Atlanta, GA



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dennis j smith

i am constantly surprised by the number of new jazz vocalists coming on the market, that it's very hard to decide whose cd to buy. i am so glad that i picked laura's, as, in my opinion, her voice rivals that of karrin allyson. dennis in ohio.

London Arrington

Pure and good cognac! Not your ordinary V.S., this lady is Paradis! She reminds of all things top shelf! Step up to the finer things in life and buy this CD!

Bernard Graham Gomm

Laura Coyle
Lovely voice with superb musicians ,there must be a follow up album soon.

Rachel Fardon

Laura Coyle
I have listened to Laura Coyle\'s music live for many years, often in intimate settings, and have thoroughly enjoyed her voice and presence, but none of my prior experiences with Laura Coyle\'s music prepared me for this album. Her voice has developed a richness and complexity far beyond her age and era. She is an old style jazz artist whose voice is as multi-layered as the music that accompanies her. I love listening to this CD and I can\'t wait to hear what Laura Coyle does next.