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Cookie Coleman Live by Cookie Coleman

By Myself is one of the great compositions from Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz. After a quick exchange between Dave Karr and Mike Elliott, Coleman enters the fray with an up tempo and spirited connection. Floating throughout and always in control, this is a great number to open any show. Gary Peterson takes a swinging solo. We get to hear from Karr again with a lucious sax break.

Tony Bennett is always associated with Old Devil Moon. Coleman approaches the melody with a smooth delivery. Her band creating a slightly funky beat, pushing the melody along quite nicely. Tasteful piano from Adi Yeshaya.

The highlight of the night is her moving rendition of Old Folks. Elliott's sensitive and impashioned guitar set the pace for Coleman's interpretation. Her phrasing is key to the success of this piece. Telling the story with soft vocals and plenty of soul, this is the best vocal rendition I have ever heard. The audience would agree as well.

From the writing team of Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Coleman offers a sensitive version of Where Do You Start? Another example of how Coleman can deliver a heart renching vocal. She has the ability to capture the spirit and core of the melody. Another triumph.

Coleman has a ball with Hit The Road Jack. Having fun with the band, as well as the lyric. Goes to show how much fun Coleman is to listen to. A fitting end to a successful engagement.

If most people haven't discovered this talented artist by now, this live recording is an excellent opportunity to listen to one of America's best kept secrets. With an excellent band, perfect setting, and a captive audience, the ingredients are there for the taking. Enjoy!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Cookie Coleman
  • CD Title: Cookie Coleman Live
  • Genre: Contemporary Jazz / Modern
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: Cookie Coleman
  • Rating: Five Stars
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