Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
124

Holly Hofmann: Minor Miracle

By

Sign in to view read count Views
Holly Hofmann: Minor Miracle Holly Hofmann has been recording steadily since the late 1980s and her credibility among musicians and jazz critics secured an award for her in the "Rising Star" category in the Downbeat Critics Jazz Poll as a flutist. Her latest outing is with her husband and frequent musical partner, Mike Wofford (piano), plus Peter Washington (bass) and Victor Lewis (drums). Hofmann has appeared in a variety of musical settings over the past fifteen years for a number of labels like Capri, Azica and Jazz Alliance in duo, trio and small combo sessions.

Although Holly Hofmann has classical training, her flutework is bebop-influenced. She possesses a strong but soulful delivery and in no way resembles the "flute-lite" sound heard frequently in smooth jazz recordings nowadays. The album begins with two songs associated with her former employer, bassist Ray Brown. On Cole Porter's "Everything I Love" and the jaunty Brown original, "CRS-CRAFT," Hoffman states the melody and launches into lyrical and swinging solos just as she did on the road with the Ray Brown trio. On the latter, Peter Washington gets to provide a Brown-like bass line.

There's a very pleasing touch of Brazil via her perfomance on Jobim's "Samba do Aviao" with Wofford providing sympatico support and on Francis Hime's "Minha" with tasty work from Wofford and then Victor Lewis. Beginning with a rhythmic vamp from pianist Wofford, "Tonk," written by pianist Ray Bryant, is a sure-fire toe-tapper and, in other eras, would have been a hit. It features an intense flute solo. Billy Strayhorn's tender ballad "Johnny Come Lately" and Matt Dennis' "Will You Still Be Mine?" allow for Hofmann's balladry and a swinging finale.


Track Listing: Everyone I Love, CRS-CRAFT, Minor Miracle, Samba do Aviao, Tonk, Johnny Come Lately, Minha, Will You Still Be Mine?

Personnel: Holly Hofmann,flute; Mike Wofford,piano; Peter Washington,bass; Victor Lewis, drums.

Year Released: 2004 | Style: Vocal


Shop For Jazz

CD/LP/Track Review
Multiple Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Low Life: The Alto Flute Project
Low Life: The Alto...
Capri Records
2014
buy
Live at Athenaeum Jazz, Volume 2
Live at Athenaeum...
Capri Records
2007
buy
Minor Miracle
Minor Miracle

2005
buy
Minor Miracle
Minor Miracle

2004
buy
[no cover]
Take Note !
Alert Music Inc.
1989
buy

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.