Smoke Gets in Her Voice: Holly Cole March 23 2016, 0 Comments

holly cole lpCanadian jazz vocalist Holly Cole always creates albums that combine her distinctive stylings with impeccable musicianship and gorgeous engineering.  Night is almost 4 years old but remains her latest record and in terms of sound quality it is her best yet. Considering that all her albums are immaculately recorded that is saying something.

Covers of Love Lies (Captain Beefheart), If You Could Read My Mind (Gordon Lightfoot) and especially Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues (Danny O’Keefe) stand out. Your stereo system will rarely sound this good. But, as usual, the best cuts are Cole’s covers of Tom Wait songs –Walk Away and Whistlin’ Past the Graveyard.

Holly Cole remains the best interpreter of Tom Waits songs (including Tom Waits. In fact, her best album from a musical perspective – Temptation – completely consists of 16 Tom Waits songs. The problem is that it is out of print on vinyl, along with the fabulous Don’t Smoke in Bed.  You can find both on Ebay for about $200 each or you have to settle for the cd versions.  Let’s hope that changes soon.

Night is available on lp from Elusive Disc or from your local record shop.