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Richard Holbrook at Danny's Skylight

- Jazz and Cabaret Corner

Richard Holbrook Steps Out
(See Richard Holbrook CD Review)
Tom Nelson on Piano
Michael Max Fleming on Bass
Peter Grant on Drums

At Danny’s Skylight Room
(Danny’s Website)
346 West 46th Street, NYC

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
February 21, 2005

Richard Holbrook, whom I recently met at Museum of TV and Radio, is a dynamic and engaging presence onstage and off. In fact, Richard Holbrook is one of the most engaging cabaret artists I’ve heard in quite some time. His recent and quite classy show, Richard Holbrook Steps Out, a CD celebration, with jazz musicians, Tom Nelson, Michael Max Fleming, and Peter Grant, was part music, part romantic fantasy, and part show biz. Band and vocalist were in formal tuxes, and the crowded club was transported back to an age when entertainment in Manhattan was one class act.

Stepping Out, a title tune, included nice key switches and lots of personality. Holbrook talked about why he likes New York, in spite of the challenges and toughness, and compared it to a difficult woman. He spoke about reflecting at the river and about an aisle seat at Carnegie Hall. A Penny for Your Thoughts, New York, followed his river reflection anecdote. Sunday in New York was sung with a sweetness and gentility. The band never overpowered, but they did have their ensemble time and private solos, always in the mood and moment.

I Think I Fell In Love Today again entertained with shifts in tone and key, a very classy touch. You’re All the World To Me and How Long Has This Been Going On ? were sung in seamless sequence with Grant’s drum riffs ahead of Fleming’s bass riff in Slap That Bass. A later piano riff revealed Nelson’s exuberant energy and creative flourishes. One of my favorites, A Fine Romance, was presented in fantasy as a first fight with a romantic partner. Pieces of Dreams (Little Boy Lost) illustrated Holbrook’s tremendous desire to entertain with slow, melodic sequences.

They Can’t Take That Away From Me was sung in a completely buoyant and relaxed manner. Who’s Got The Last Laugh Now ? and Old Friends brought the show toward a warm finish with poignant refrains and great lyrics. Richard was soon greeted by many colleagues and friends. You can contact Richard Holbrook for his upcoming cabaret schedule, and tell him you saw him on

Richard and the Band
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Richard and Friends
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Richard and Friends
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

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