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Posted October 1, 2010
This Lady Knows Her Way Around Songs!
Stevie Holland in her newest (and most refreshing) CD RESTLESS WILLOW proves that she has only tickled the surface of a vast repertoire of music for the voice in her previous recordings. She has a well focused vocal technique that is as comfortable in breezy scat/fluffy songs (‘Zoot Walks In’) as she is in ‘operatic’ melodies (Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’, sung as the jazz form Gershwin only dreamed), standards such as ‘How Long Has This Been Going On?’ with the neglected opening verse reinstated, torch songs like ‘Stardust’, and finessed segues (‘Here’s That Rainy Day’ preluded with ‘Soon It’s Gonna Rain’ from The Fantasticks). Simply said, every note and song Stevie Holland elects to interpret becomes completely her own, and the degree of style and comfort this amazing artist achieves in this rather broad repertoire is more than satisfying – it is amazing! Of course it helps to have the arrangements and orchestrations by Gary William Friedman who can make a very small ensemble of instruments sound like full orchestral backing. Highly recommended for ALL music lovers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.