Restless Willow

A frolicking and adventurous album of jazz standards, special and original material. Stevie’s emotional honesty and swinging vocals grabbed audiences around the globe – so much so, that her original song, incorporating Edvard Grieg’s “Jeg Elsker Dig”, earned her an invitation as the only American-born artist to perform for the King and Queen of Norway, at a 100th anniversary celebration of Norway’s independence from Sweden, in NYC in 2005. Restless Willow charted on radio stations across the U.S.A. Honors included being voted a Top 10 CD of the Year at KSDS in San Diego, CA and a Top 10 Vocal CD with the Cape Fear Jazz Appreciation Society in NC.

track list

  1. It Might As Well Be Spring
  2. Love Is Stronger Far Than We
  3. Summertime
  4. How Long Has This Been Going On?
  5. One Touch (with Ruben Flores)
  6. Lush Life
  7. Jeg Elsker Dig
  8. Sunny Skies
  9. Here’s That Rainy Day
  10. Zoot Walks In
  11. Stardust

production personnel / performers

Gary William Friedman and Stevie Holland, producers
Gary William Friedman, arrangements and orchestrations

George Small, piano
Tim Ferguson, bass
Sean Harkness, guitar
Kenny Washington, drums
Noel Sagerman, drums
Steve Kroon, percussion
David “Fathead” Newman, tenor sax
Joe Mennonna, flute
Jesse Levy, string contractor and cellist
Rubén Flores, duet vocalist on “One Touch”

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