25 November 1963, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. By specialising in a repertoire of show tunes, jazz and popular classics Cole has established herself as a major star in her native Canada and Japan. Working with a talented backing team of Aaron Davis, a respected Toronto pianist and composer, and David Piltch, a veteran of work with Chet Baker and k.d. lang, Coles explorations of her musical sources is much more rigorous than might be imagined by a simple perusal of her catalogue. Her contralto has detected new nuances in familiar material and liberated everything from jazz to country standards from their historical context, encouraging critical comparisons to artists as diverse as Jane Siberry, Edith Piaf and Sarah Vaughan. This radical approach has inspired readings of songs such as On The Street Where You Live and Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera) that complement rather than compromise the originals. In 1995 Cole dedicated...
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