Library Ed. Recorded Books/ Griot Audio 2009
CS ISBN 978-1-4407-1524-2 $72.75 Eight cassettes
CD ISBN 9781440715259 $92.75 Eight CDs
Author Karen Chilton narrates the life of classical pianist, singer, and actor Hazel Scott—from her Trinidad and Tobago roots to the Juillard School of Music, and on to Hollywood. Chilton's calm, eloquent tone replicates Scott's 1940s musical style. Chilton’s soft, melodious voice captures the listener’s attention with its hypnotic stillness. This performance invokes the memories of smoked-filled jazz clubs and the Hollywood glam of the era. Most vocals are in the author's natural speaking voice with slight tone variations for dramatic expression. Chilton occasionally mimics other prominent personalities such as singer Lena Horne and gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, who make appearances in Scott's life. Chilton's inspiring historical biography of an American entertainer and her ability to capture the period make this presentation a winner. A.L.B. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2009]
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