Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Vocal CD of the Month - "Laurie Antonioli: American Dreams"

Vocal CD of the Month
Laurie Antonioli: "American Dreams" (Intrinsic Music) 2010

Highly challenging approach & adventurous singing & creative phrasing throughout the album, one of the best vocal jazz releases of the year.
Highlights: "Just a Dream," "Samba Nada Brahma" and "Vienna Blues," three songs co-penned with Austrian piano master Fritz Pauer (Art Farmer, Kristin Korb); the Ornette Coleman-ish "Stimulus Plan," written by Paul Nagel, once again with Antonioli providing the sharp lyrics; and notable renditions of the standards "Moonlight in Vermont" and "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" that would make Carmen McRae proud.
The interactive band -- Matt Clark (pianos), John Shifflett (bass), Jason Lewis (drums), Sheldon Brown (soprano & tenor saxes, bass clarinet, harmonica) and Dave McNab (guitars) -- sounds impeccable, with reedman Brown shining specially on bass clarinet, but also contributing a truly perfect tenor solo on "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning."
My dear friend Mark Murphy always praised about Laurie. Now I know why.

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