Stevie Holland – Before Love has Gone
| Stevie Holland
Before Love has Gone
150 Music – 2008
Sounds of Timeless Jazz
Vocalist Stevie Holland does a tremendous job with a well-selected repertoire of songs from the theatre, Tin Pan Alley and rare movies. BEFORE LOVE HAS GONE encompasses the beauty of Holland’s voice when accompanied by such great artists as Martin Bejerano on piano, Edward Perez on bass, Willie Jones III on drums, Ole Mathisen on saxophone and Paul Bollenback on guitar. Holland is blessed with great pitch, amazing articulation and clarity.
Along with her ability to phrase well and sustain notes that convey the whole story, such jazz standards as “Where Or When”and rarely heard gems like “Lazy Afternoon” get a brand new life. Accompanied by piano only, “How Deep Is The Ocean?”, is absolutely beautiful as Holland returns it to its most personal level. This chamber ballad was one of Irving Berlin’s most eloquent meditations. However, whether the songs are those of Rogers and Hart or Irving Berlin’s or her own beautiful originals, this recording captures the essence of jazz singing at its best.
Low-keyed and laid back, this set is cooler than cool and can be enjoyed by the fireplace, at the club, at the beach or just about anywhere you want to hear some great laid back jazz.