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Before Love Has Gone
     

Before Love Has Gone

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by Stevie Holland
 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2008
Label:
150 Music
UPC:
0796873054966
catalogNumber:
9

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stevie Holland   Primary Artist,Vocals
Paul Bollenback   Guitar
Ole Mathisen   Tenor Saxophone
Willie Jones   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
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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Before Love Has Gone 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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