Album Review of
So In Love With Cole

Written by Joe Ross
May 22, 2018 - 12:00am EDT
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Susan Hodgdon has a passion for singing the American Songbook and performs one-woman shows at New York City clubs. Her second CD pays tribute to one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th Century, Cole Porter, known for both his music and lyrics. As she opens with “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To,” Hodgdon’s voice is immediately appealing and magnetic. She tackles the pleasing repertoire of hits with contagious energy and without too many interpretive twists. Her accompaniment includes piano (Daryl Kojak), tenor sax (Steven Frieder), bass (Sean Conly) and drums (Dwayne Cook Broadnax). They’re exciting, lyrical players who impart emotional electricity. Hodgdon and company give us a gripping performance from start to finish. Closing with “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye,” Hodgdon’s incandescent vocals pull off this Cole Porter tribute with aplomb.  (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)