Holly Cole

Holly Cole

by Holly Cole
     
 

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Holly Cole has always been a difficult vocalist to categorize because of her eclectic taste in music. But this self-titled CD, first issued by Alert in 2007 and reissued in early 2008 by Koch, finds her accompanied by various configurations of small bands, mostly with brass and reeds supplied by a number of top New York session players, with a host of arrangers

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Holly Cole has always been a difficult vocalist to categorize because of her eclectic taste in music. But this self-titled CD, first issued by Alert in 2007 and reissued in early 2008 by Koch, finds her accompanied by various configurations of small bands, mostly with brass and reeds supplied by a number of top New York session players, with a host of arrangers involved, including Cole herself, pianist Gil Goldstein, saxophonist Marty Ehrlich, and other musicians who took part in the sessions. "The House Is Haunted by the Echo of Your Last Goodbye" is an overlooked gem in which Cole adds the slightest touch of humor to lessen its melancholy air. The brisk setting of Henry Mancini's normally easygoing "Charade" suggests the hustle and bustle of a love affair in an urban setting, while the breezy dash through "It's Alright with Me" is just as much fun. Her slinky treatment of the old novelty piece "Alley Cat Song" (usually heard as a honky tonk piano instrumental) could revive interest in its possibilities. Only one piece falls short, her droning take of Jobim's "Waters of March," featuring members of her old band (pianist Aaron Davis, bassist David Piltch, and guitarist Kevin Breit, the latter adding loops as well), where she fails to vary her approach enough to capture the subtlety within this demanding song. But this CD is easily one of her best overall record dates.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/22/2008
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923440420
catalogNumber:
4404
Rank:
82523

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Holly Cole   Primary Artist,Vocals
Marty Ehrlich   Clarinet,Alto Flute,Alto Saxophone
Gil Goldstein   Piano,Accordion
Vincent Chancey   French Horn
Greg Cohen   Bass
Aaron Davis   Piano
Robert DeBellis   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Lenny Pickett   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
David Piltch   Bass
Kevin Breit   Guitar,Loops
John Allred   Trombone
Matt Munisteri   Guitar
Steven Wolf   Drums

Technical Credits

Henry Mancini   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Marty Ehrlich   Arranger
Gil Goldstein   Arranger
Michel Legrand   Composer
Holly Cole   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Greg Cohen   Arranger,Producer
Aaron Davis   Arranger
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Lenny Pickett   Arranger
David Piltch   Arranger
Cole Porter   Composer
Andy Taub   Engineer
Kevin Breit   Arranger,Loop
John Allred   Arranger
Matt Munisteri   Arranger
W. Tom Berry   Management
Dylan Heming   Engineer
Steven Wolf   Arranger
Garnet Armstrong   Art Direction
George Seara   Engineer

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