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Before Love Has Gone
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Stevie Holland continues to chart her own path as a completely original artist and unique song stylist. — Her new CD Before Love Has Gone is a collection of rarely recorded classics, standards and original songs, including ... more »
Stevie Holland continues to chart her own path as a completely original artist and unique song stylist.
Her new CD Before Love Has Gone is a collection of rarely recorded classics, standards and original songs, including the title track penned by Stevie and Gary William Friedman, the award winning composer who also did the arrangements. Grammy award winner Todd Barkan has joined forces as co-producer on Before Love Has Gone, helping to shape what promises to be Stevie s most important release yet.
Backing Stevie is Martin Bejerano on piano, Edward Perez on bass and Willie Jones III on drums, with guest appearances by Ole Mathisen on sax and Paul Bollenback on guitar.
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Sandy Shore | Monterey, CA | 06/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Oh, how I love this music! It just doesn't get any better than this. Stevie Holland's BEFORE LOVE HAS GONE is The Great American Songbook... enhanced. Enhanced by the extraordinary voice and stylings of my new favorite chanteuse. Enhanced by the inclusion of some intriguing rarities such as the Richard Wilbur/Leonard Bernstein gem "Make Our Garden Grow" from the mid-century musical "Candide" and "Daybreak," the Harold Adamson/Ferde Grofe composition from the 1942 flick "Thousands Cheer." Enhanced by the inclusion of two entrancing originals, "The Music In Me That Plays" and the title track, from the pens of Stevie and her producer/arranger/husband Gary William Friedman. Enhanced by the ever appropriate, never overpowering jazz quintet of piano, bass, drums, guitar, and saxophone that accompanies her stunning interpretations and allows her amazing voice to shine through. To say I'm impressed with this album would be a gross understatement. This is a superb collection of songs, lovingly selected and written, adroitly interpreted with ultimate class and intuition. In her words, "Memories flow through each of these songs of love, up to and including the new ones Gary and I write together..." This native New Yorker has outdone herself on her 5th solo release. Truly a breathtaking listening experience. I hear Stevie Holland and I get goose bumps. Need I say more? ~SCOTT O'BRIEN"
A stunning voice that soothes the soul
Guy Reader | Los Angeles, CA | 09/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Stevie Holland has a remarkable voice which possesses both warmth and clarity. Her phrasing is uniquely personal and is infused with intelligence, love and a sharply observant quality. Her musicality is unquestionable and every note is delicious to the ear. This recording feels both timeless and contemporary."
I love this album!!!
Birdgazing | San Diego | 08/17/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Stevie Holland's voice and delivery is sexy, sensitive and swinging at every turn. I love all of her albums, but Before Love Has Gone is my favorite listening experience so far! She weaves together such a variety of material with seamless fluidity and total integrity. I hear this CD and I want to dance, I want lie back on a summer lawn, and I want to fall in love all over again. Her original songs with Gary William Friedman are some of the best new songs I've heard in a long time, and the level of musicianship Stevie shares with all of the brilliant players is simply stunning, from start to finish. This album is a classic that should be in every jazz lover's, and all-over music lover's collection. I simply don't know who wouldn't enjoy this CD. Stevie deserves a galaxy of stars for this one!"