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Live and Alive

by Cheryl Hodge

**** "Live and Alive" shows (Hodge's) striking gifts; especially her full and powerful voice, shining most prominently on the bluesier tunes. Her 8ve leaps and pitch-perfect landings evoke Portland great Nancy King." - Lynn Darroch, The Oregonian
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1. All Blues
9:54 album only
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2. If It's Real
7:09 album only
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3. Before Sunset
7:03 album only
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4. Ghost Of A Chance
6:52 album only
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5. Gotta Go
4:24 album only
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6. The Way You Deliver
7:25 album only
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7. Something Beyond the Blue
9:07 album only
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8. Friend In Me
6:52 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This is Hodge's latest contribution and her best to date - a compilation of most beloved originals with a couple of the standards, in a LIVE setting, on the coast of beautiful Oregon and romantic B.C., Canada. Once again the great John Stowell and trio with master bassist Dave Captein, and groovemeister-drummer William Thomas (out of Portland) are in for a great couple of nights of fun.... then it's over to Canada, for the last half of these live cuts from a magic night at Studio 80 in Nelson, B.C.; featuring the amazing guitar work of Cliff Maddix, keyboard Juno nominee Gilles Parenteau, sensitive bass impressario from Spokane, Brian Flick and Rick Westrick; one of the most solid drummers of the North.

Hodge will admit that this may be the most fun she's ever had recording, since it was more "play" than "work".

Lynn Darroch for The Oregonian gave the album an A- rating on December 16, 2005 statting:

Live recordings are great, especially for capturing the excitement and spontaneity of jazz performance. But they may disappoint, too, because the visually compelling richness onstage can cast a spell over our ears.
Some get closer than others, though, and British Columbia resident Cheryl Hodge's "Live and Alive" reproduces many of the singer-pianist's most striking gifts, especially her full and powerful voice, which shines most prominently on the album's bluesier tunes. Rare on a live disc, Hodge also achieves the vocal clarity and definition one might expect in a studio album.
Recorded in two locations (Nelson, B.C., and Gleneden Beach, Oregon) with two sets of accompanists, the album presents a singer who is both melodic and acrobatic. Her octave leaps and pitch-perfect landings evoke Portland great Nancy King, while her bluesy side is reminiscent of Ernestine Anderson. Hodge can really open it up -- after all, this vocal teacher did write "A Singer's Guide to the Well-Trained and Powerful Voice" -- and she rarely overblows or distorts. Hodge's tune "Before Sunset" also reveals her ability to write and execute advanced harmonies.
On the album's opening cut, "All Blues," Hodge does a nice job making Oscar Brown Jr.'s lyrics as supple and sinuous as the horn lines in the original recording. And her lyrics are often interesting in themselves, as in "If It's Real," where she sings, "It doesn't have to be love to have a meaning/ There doesn't have to be a plan to come to life/ There doesn't have to be a history," finishing out the 12-bar blues with the line, "if it's real." And though sometimes her lyrics slide into melodrama ("Dark and brooding cowboy, what's inside that strange mind?") she always makes them musically interesting.
Part of the album's musicality is due to her great accompanists, including Portland-based musicians John Stowell, Dave Captein and William Thomas.

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The Oregonian

Alive and well.
Alive and well
Friday, December 16, 2005
LYNN DARROCH
Live recordings are great, especially for capturing the excitement and spontaneity of jazz performance. But they may disappoint, too, because the visually compelling richness onstage can cast a spell over our ears.

Some get closer than others, though, and British Columbia resident Cheryl Hodge's "Live and Alive" reproduces many of the singer-pianist's most striking gifts, especially her full and powerful voice, which shines most prominently on the album's bluesier tunes. Rare on a live disc, Hodge also achieves the vocal clarity and definition one might expect in a studio album.

Recorded in two locations (Nelson, B.C., and Gleneden Beach, Oregon) with two sets of accompanists, the album presents a singer who is both melodic and acrobatic. Her octave leaps and pitch-perfect landings evoke Portland great Nancy King, while her bluesy side is reminiscent of Ernestine Anderson. Hodge can really open it up -- after all, this vocal teacher did write "A Singer's Guide to the Well-Trained and Powerful Voice" -- and she rarely overblows or distorts. Hodge's tune "Before Sunset" also reveals her ability to write and execute advanced harmonies.
On the album's opening cut, "All Blues," Hodge does a nice job making Oscar Brown Jr.'s lyrics as supple and sinuous as the horn lines in the original recording. And her lyrics are often interesting in themselves, as in "If It's Real," where she sings, "It doesn't have to be love to have a meaning/ There doesn't have to be a plan to come to life/ There doesn't have to be a history," finishing out the 12-bar blues with the line, "if it's real." And though sometimes her lyrics slide into melodrama ("Dark and brooding cowboy, what's inside that strange mind?") she always makes them musically interesting.
Part of the album's musicality is due to her great accompanists, including Portland-based musicians John Stowell, Dave Captein and William Thomas.
Read more...