I'll Never Forget You

I'll Never Forget You

by Debra Holly
     
 
One of the treats one gets from reviewing jazz CDs is the discovery of someone with uncommon talent making their debut on CD. Such is the case with New York vocalist Debra Holly. Like others in similar circumstances, Holly paid her dues by working in a variety of venues, including musical comedy, cabaret, and in clubs with combos and big bands before getting an

Overview

One of the treats one gets from reviewing jazz CDs is the discovery of someone with uncommon talent making their debut on CD. Such is the case with New York vocalist Debra Holly. Like others in similar circumstances, Holly paid her dues by working in a variety of venues, including musical comedy, cabaret, and in clubs with combos and big bands before getting an opportunity to get into a studio. She uses this training to advantage here as she works with a small group and a larger band. Holly applies her uncanny phrasing and timing to a mixed play list of standards and less-familiar material. Not having a big voice, she leans toward a relaxed, unpretentious stance in delivering the material, much like Peggy Lee, as well as one of her contemporaries, Stacey Kent. But most meaningful, she sings the material in a straightforward but mellow manner that allows the listener to get optimum enjoyment out of the performance. Although she works well with small and large assemblies, it's the quintet that sets off her graceful voice the best. Derek Smith's piano leading the instrumental convoy with Gary Keller's rich, full tenor noodling underneath makes such tracks as "Beyond the Sea" special. Holly shows that she can also fancy a playful romp with the novelty tune "Addams Family." The sparkling arrangements for the set were charted by veteran conductor Angelo DiPippo, and he recognized that simple, rather than convoluted, is the best setting for the singer. The arrangement for a swinging version of "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" is especially engaging. I'll Never Forget You is a commendable first outing and hopefully is a portend of more good things to come from the gifted Debra Holly. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2001
Label:
Metropolitan
UPC:
0667961112120
catalogNumber:
1121

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Debra Holly   Primary Artist,Vocals
Derek Smith   Piano
Joe Temperley   Baritone Saxophone
Angelo Di Pippo   Conductor
Jay Berliner   Guitar
Bert Lucarelli   English Horn,Oboe
John Arrucci   Percussion
Bruce Bonvissuto   Trombone
Glenn Drewes   Trumpet
Larry Farrell   Trombone
David Finck   Bass
Julie Green   Cello
Fred Griffen   French Horn
Regis Iandiorio   Violin
Ross Konikoff   Trumpet
Ronald Zito   Drums
Jim Hynes   Trumpet
Gary Keller   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Wilson   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Roberta Cooper   Cello
Yuri Vodovoz   Violin
Fritz Krakowski   Violin
Beryl Diamond   Violin
George Flynn   Trombone
Ronnie Zito   Drums

Technical Credits

Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Woody Herman   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Ralph Burns   Composer
Angelo Di Pippo   Arranger
Victor Mizzy   Composer
Herbert Magidson   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Frank Paparelli   Composer
Allie Wrubel   Composer
Fred Guarino   Engineer
Jack Frisch   Art Direction
Debra Holly   Executive Producer
George Flynn   Contributor
Stan Chovnick   Liner Notes
A.M. Brunner   Composer
Ed Guarino   Engineer
Stan Chovnik   Producer

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