Restless Willow

Restless Willow

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by Stevie Holland
     
 
Stevie Holland has a beautiful and flexible voice. Her CD constantly varies the personnel (sometimes featuring pianist George Small and at other times guitarist Sean Harkness) and covers a few different styles. The music includes standards at a variety of tempos, some songs that sound close to show tunes, and heartfelt ballads. There are

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Stevie Holland has a beautiful and flexible voice. Her CD constantly varies the personnel (sometimes featuring pianist George Small and at other times guitarist Sean Harkness) and covers a few different styles. The music includes standards at a variety of tempos, some songs that sound close to show tunes, and heartfelt ballads. There are also guest appearances (one apiece) by Rubén Flores (who sings a duet with Holland on "One Touch"), flutist Joe Mennonna, and tenor saxophonist David "Fathead" Newman (who swings on "Zoot Walks In"). Among the most memorable selections are a happy interpretation of "It Might As Well Be Spring," an uptempo "Summertime," and a wonderful version of "Stardust" in which Holland's voice is backed by just Harkness' guitar. All in all, this is an impressive effort.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2004
Label:
150 Music
UPC:
0825346519623
catalogNumber:
6
Rank:
206406

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stevie Holland   Primary Artist,Vocals
Kenny Washington   Drums
Tim Ferguson   Bass
Steve Kroon   Percussion
Joe Mennonna   Flute
David "Fathead" Newman   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
George Small   Piano
Sean Harkness   Guitar
Gary William Friedman   Conductor

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
James Taylor   Composer
Dave Frishberg   Composer
Gerry Mulligan   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Francis Lai   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Zoot Sims   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Jerry Keller   English Translations
Pierre Barouh   Composer
Chip Fabrizi   Engineer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Gary Crawford   Executive Producer
Gary William Friedman   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Orchestration
Stevie Holland   Composer,Producer,English Translations
Jason Wolfe   Executive Producer
Tim Peierls   Executive Producer

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Restless Willow 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.