Girl Talk

Girl Talk

by Holly Cole Trio
     
 

Girl Talk was recorded live to two-track using a single microphone. The liner notes state that Holly Cole's intention in doing so was to preserve the "quintessence of her live performances," and the result is dazzlingly successful. The air of intimacy between artist and listener is so great that, if anything, the feeling of being…  See more details below

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Girl Talk was recorded live to two-track using a single microphone. The liner notes state that Holly Cole's intention in doing so was to preserve the "quintessence of her live performances," and the result is dazzlingly successful. The air of intimacy between artist and listener is so great that, if anything, the feeling of being present in the moment is greater here than on the 1996 live album It Happened One Night. On an album recorded "live in concert," the ambient noises that occur when a large number of people are gathered in one place can seem discordant or inappropriate when you're listening to the CD in your car or your living room; the atmosphere can exclude rather than include you. Put on this disc, however, and you can imagine that Holly Cole is singing for you alone. It's easy to focus on Cole's emotionally compelling delivery, and at first you can be so mesmerized that you forget that the vocalist is one part of a trio. Listen more carefully, and it becomes apparent that the piano and bass accompaniments are deceptively simple -- that they are, in fact, providing a counterpoint to the sung lyrics that is almost conversational. Suddenly, these simple arrangements feel quite complex. The most entertaining song on the album may well be Cole's interpretation of the traditionally sunny and euphoric "Downtown." In her expert hands it moves from near cynicism to a guarded openness that makes this standard seem to have a range of meaning you may never have considered.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/09/1998
Label:
Alert Canada
UPC:
0061528101624
catalogNumber:
81016
Rank:
80390

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Holly Cole Trio   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Holly Cole   Vocals,Indexed Contributor
Aaron Davis   Piano
John Johnson   Saxophone
John MacLeod   Trumpet
David Piltch   Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Neal Hefti   Composer
Holly Cole   Arranger,Producer
Bobby Troup   Composer
Aaron Davis   Arranger
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Chad Irschick   Engineer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Greg Moore   Engineer
Peter Moore   Producer,Engineer
Ned Washington   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Tom Henderson   Engineer
Robert Emmett Dolan   Composer
T. Hatch   Composer
W. Tom Berry   Executive Producer

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