Steal The Night: Live At The Glenn Gould Studio (CD+DVD)
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Internationally acclaimed recording artist Holly Cole releases her first live concert CD/DVD, Steal the Night: Live At The Glenn Gould Studio. Filmed in Toronto on August 11, 2011, the performance was recorded in high definition and mixed in 5.1 surround sound. The DVD will be accompanied by a nine-song audio CD and bonus material. Full track listings below. Steal the Night: Live At The Glenn Gould Studio represents a selection of songs spanning Cole's entire career including hits "Calling You" and "I Can See Clearly Now," and a brand new original piece and lead single entitled "You've Got A Secret". The performance marks the reformation of the original Holly Cole Trio lineup with Aaron Davis on piano and bassist David Piltch, in addition to John Johnson (horns), Rob Piltch (guitars) and Davide DiRenzo (drums). The CD/DVD release is the beginning of a very busy year for Cole. In late Spring, she will release her ninth studio recording followed by Canadian and international touring beginning in the Summer, straight through to Winter 2012/2013. A Canadian treasure, Cole has achieved considerable success at home and internationally over her 20-year recording career. This includes selling hundreds of thousands of albums in the US, Europe, Japan and in Canada, a multi-platinum album for Don't Smoke In Bed, two platinum albums (Girl Talk and Blame It On My Youth), and three gold records (Temptation, Dark Dear Heart and Romantically Helpless). Cole has also earned two JUNO Awards, three Gemini Awards and two Grand Prix Gold Disc Awards in Japan.
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In my book Holly and her fabulous band, complete with the awesome arrangements by Aaron Davis, can do no wrong.
So I won't blame them for the couple of fairly minor issues in the recording, packaging;
Aaron's heavy breathing train noise on Train Song doesn't cut through (as it does on the Youtube clip) this lessens the effect, the piano sounds a little distorted, or less clear in places. Not sure why the CD doesn't include all the tracks- I would stop people in the street to play their version of Tea for Two!! David Pilch returns to the group on bass, and this track highlights his immense talent, Davide Direnzo playing just Hi Hat- awesome, and of course Holly! Her understanding of time, as well as diction, phrasing, humour used in this one track (well worth the entire purchase) would, or should, answer any critics (I assume there are some?)
I also have to compliment AMAZON Canada, I cut a holiday short, when I heard about this disc, to rush home an order it! Turned up, at my house in Australia by the end of the week! Very impressed, and grateful, this is as close as I get to her!
As I may be a little biased reviewing one of my all time favorites, I urge you to just listen to the samples- Charade- wow, great time and tempo shifts, fantastic solo by John Johnson on sax (resembles a former sax playing USA President?)all good, great addition to my Holly Collection, I think I have all now!
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Just sit back and let Canadian Jazz Vocalist Holly Cole and her amazing group of support musicians entertain with her confident and playful vocals of wonderful song choices. I really enjoyed her brisk and sassy take of Henry Mancini's ' Charade',and others such as, 'Down Down Down', and 'Smile'. Listen to Holly's interpretation of 'I Can See Clearly Now'; what impeccable vocal work! This is a must-add to Holly Cole fans and anyone who enjoys stylish, elegant jazzy vocalist peformers!
The CD only introduces three or four songs that Holly Cole hasn't previously recorded, and most of those are familiar to those of us who have seen her live. She still hasn't recorded at least one of the recent additions to her repertoire, "Ain't that a Kick in the Head."
These tracks do sound different from her earlier interpretations, but they don't sound fresh to me. The musicians' riffs often distract from the lyrics. At one point, the pianist stumbles noticeably. I'm especially bothered by "Cry (If You Want To)". The earlier version is moving. The new one is gimmicky, with bothersome scatting. I did like the expression in Holly's voice when she sang, "it makes you so mad." This time, she really sounded angry, not sad.
The best thing about this recording is "Down Down Down." (The title reminds me of the old Superman radio program.) Holly has recorded Tom Waits covers before, but this is new for her, a lively rock-and-roll sound.
Usually, on a scale of 1 to five, I would give everything Holly does a thousand. But this one is only pretty good, something to whet our appetite for her next major release, "Night."
I like the DVD better than the CD. I'm not sure if these aren't the same performances, but they do seem better with the video. When Holly sings "down down down," not only does the music go down, but we see her gesture by moving her hand down. On "The Train Song," we see the singer and the musicians make train noises. And Holly looks so happy!
Holly Cole achieved fame for reinterpreting, subtly, familiar songs. On "Steal the Night," in songs where previously she had bittersweet poignancy, she emphasizes the fun.