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Richard Holbrook Steps Out
(See Richard Holbrook at Danny’s Skylight)
Richard Holbrook/Tom Nelson

Piano Arrangements and Orchestrations by Tom Nelson
Richard Holbrook on Vocals
Michael Max Fleming on Bass
Peter Grant on Drums
Engineered, Sound Mix, Mastered by Sean Swinney

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
March 14, 2005

This CD has enthusiastic and theatrical style. It could be great for dancing, maybe slow swing or fast foxtrot, and for evening parties, as well. The songs have memorable music and sophisticated lyrics.

Notable tracks:

#2 – Sunday in New York (a) and Sunday in New York (b) – Composed by Portia Nelson and Peter Nero/Carroll Coates. These two interpretations are bouncy and lyrical with Nelson’s interesting piano accompaniment and interpretations.

#7 – A Fine Romance and Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off -- Composed by Jerome Kern/Dorothy Fields and George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin. Holbrook’s very New York and sassy manner allow him to cleverly mesh the two songs with similar lyrics and melodies.

#14 – Old Friends – Composed by Stephen Sondheim. Fleming’s prominent bass lead and accompaniment add rich texture to the poignant lyrics that mean something to those of us who have held onto a friend or two, over the years.

#15 - They Can’t Take That Away From Me – Composed by George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin. The long introduction draws similarity to the anecdotal asides, during Holbrook’s CD celebration show. He sings with throaty sensuality in what may be one of his finest renditions. Nelson has a nice turn at featured piano, and Grant keeps the percussive beat steady and swinging.

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