Before Love Has Gone

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Vocalist Stevie Holland is gifted with a rich, expressive alto, clear diction, and an ability to bring out something fresh in familiar songs. Buoyed by a strong rhythm section consisting of pianist Martin Bejerano, bassist Edward Perez, and drummer Willie Jones III, Holland catches the nuances of the sensual "Carioca" without falling into a tired routine as do many lounge singers, often backed solely by Perez. She restores the oft-omitted verse to Rodgers & Hart's "Where or When," then savors its romantic lyrics in an updated treatment of this decades-old standard. Tenor saxophonist Ole Mathisen is added for her lush, deliberate treatment of "Lazy Afternoon," though ...
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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Vocalist Stevie Holland is gifted with a rich, expressive alto, clear diction, and an ability to bring out something fresh in familiar songs. Buoyed by a strong rhythm section consisting of pianist Martin Bejerano, bassist Edward Perez, and drummer Willie Jones III, Holland catches the nuances of the sensual "Carioca" without falling into a tired routine as do many lounge singers, often backed solely by Perez. She restores the oft-omitted verse to Rodgers & Hart's "Where or When," then savors its romantic lyrics in an updated treatment of this decades-old standard. Tenor saxophonist Ole Mathisen is added for her lush, deliberate treatment of "Lazy Afternoon," though Holland's powerful duet with Bejerano of "How Deep Is the Ocean" is easily the high point of her CD. Guitarist Paul Bollenback joins the rhythm section for her swinging interpretation of Ferde Grofé's "Daybreak" with the guitarist opening his solo with a bit of Grofé's well-known "On the Trail". She also collaborates with composer Gary William Friedman on two strong originals. Her midtempo bossa nova "The Music in Me That Plays" is an upbeat affair, with Bollenback playing acoustic guitar. Mathiesen returns for Holland's melancholy ballad "Before Love Has Gone," with the singer delivering her longing lyrics in a heartfelt manner. Carly Simon's "Riverboat Gambler" seems an unlikely choice for a jazz vocalist, but Holland takes on the challenge and makes it work. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2008
  • Label: 150 Music
  • UPC: 796873054966
  • Catalog Number: 9
  • Sales rank: 142,961

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stevie Holland Primary Artist, Vocals
Paul Bollenback Guitar
Ole Mathisen Tenor Saxophone
Willie Jones III Drums
Martin Bejerano Piano
Edward Perez Bass
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Carly Simon Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Richard Wilbur Composer
Todd Barkan Producer
Sammy Fain Composer
Gary Giddins Liner Notes
Lorenz Hart Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
John Latouche Composer
Jerome Moross Composer
Alan Silverman Mastering
Dan Lawrence Engineer
Jacob Brackman Composer
Harold Adamson Composer
Edward Eliscu Composer
Gary William Friedman Arranger, Composer, Producer
Ferde Grofé Composer
Stevie Holland Composer
Tim Peierls Producer, Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stevie Holland Continues Her Seminal Jazz Role

    In this, her fifth CD of exceptional vocal performances, Stevie Holland again proves she is not a passing fancy. If anything her involvement in her lyrics soars even higher with this recital BEFORE LOVE HAS GONE: her exquisite vocal production is solid as usual, yet with each new release she seems more at home in the recording studio. She exudes confidence, charm, and identifies with the changing moods of this very well chosen selection of songs - a pro in the truest sense of the 'title'. Holland opens her set with the clicky Latin rhythms of 'Carioca', fully immersed in the rhythms as established by her excellent ensemble - Martin Bejerano at piano, Edward Perez, bass, Willie Jones III, drums, Olie Mathieson, saxophone, and Paul Bollenback, guitar. Of particular note on this recording is the title song for the album - 'Before Love Has Gone', a work composed by Holland and her loyal and superlative arranger Gary William Friedman and one that promises to become a jazz standard! Holland croons a sleepy 'Lazy Afternoon' and 'Where or When', gives an entirely new sound to Leonard Bernstein's 'Make our Garden Grow' from 'Candide', a piano duet with 'How Deep is the Ocean' - reflective and wistful, makes Carly Simon's 'Riverboat Gambler' her own with her amazing range of vocalism always touched by surprises of vocal productions, and appropriately bids farewell to the listener with 'Here's to your Illusion' - a nearly forgotten Fain/Harburg jewel. This is a set of definitely soft and seductive vocal jazz, once again proving that Stevie Holland is one of our reigning jazz divas and Gary William Friedman a gifted arranger. Highly recommended for her collectors - and for everyone who longs for the finest in singing of songs we love. Grady Harp

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