on January 20, 2004
If you thought that a CD with tunes like Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, Something, and Alfie is covered ground so to speak, think again. Ilona turns some of these unappealing oldies into sparkling, beautiful, beckoning works of art. If you need a comparison to nudge you to click the 'buy' button, how about a less flamboyant version of Jane Monheit on Breaking Up or Susan Tedeschi on Some Kind of Wonderful. She cherishes every note she sings, particularly at the end of a phrase where the last trace of her voice lands as gently as a mother laying a child to rest. With a jazz feel to the whole effort, this is very sweet stuff.
on August 12, 2003
I am thrilled with Ilona Knopfler's Some Kind of Wonderful. You may be turned off by the fact that these songs are remakes but lay your skepticism aside and listen. I dare you to for I know you will soon forget any reservations you may have had to begin with and be charmed by this amazing talent. Ilona Knopfler manages to master what few artists can- she makes these remakes her own. She breathes new life into legendary songs. When Ilona sings them, they cease to be someone else's song and become her own. Many of these songs have always been favorites of mine but listening to Ilona Knopfler sing them made me discover them all over again. It is like having loved someone for years and then waking up one morning and realizing how truly wonderful he is all over again. Another reason, I think that makes Some Kind of Wonderful work is that Ilona has a gift of speaking with her singing voice. Many people have great voices and hit all the right notes but there is something missing. What they are missing is that you have to sing a song from your heart. Singing is like talking. You need the emotion behind it to get the point across. Ilona Knopfler is one of those blessed few that understand this and poors her soul into a song and makes whatever song she is singing her own. There is an honesty and sincerity to her voice and style that will work no matter what she sings. The jazz arrangements on this CD are genius. The average listener will appreciate this at face value but the serious jazz lover will truly find themselves impressed. Keep an ear out for this name! I think we'll be hearing a lot more from Ilona Knopfler in the future. I know I for one can't wait for her next CD!
on August 14, 2003
In this day of "over the top" renditions of classic tunes (ala "American Idol"), Ilona's spare performances allow the music to evoke new emotions. "Breaking up is Hard to Do" absolutely bowls me over. I couldn't imagine this song as a jazz standard. I stand corrected.
"Some Kind of Wonderful" will take it's place in the Jazz Pantheon.
I truly look forward to more work by this talented artist.
on August 8, 2008
What a fabulous performer and professional jazz singer. Where did she come from? Ilona has a very strong and vibrant voice that has been trained in a number of setting. She has a unique background to add to her credits. Her jazz team is very professional. You wont go wrong buying her album. I also bought her "Live The Life", album, a beautiful rendition of songs in English and French.