Dolores Scozzesi: A Special Taste (2010)

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Track review of "Autumn Leaves/Les Feuilles Mortes"

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Dolores Scozzesi: A Special Taste
Los Angeles-based vocalist Dolores Scozzesi concludes A Special Taste with the time-honored Kosma/Mercer standard, "Autumn Leaves." Her approach is one of simplicity and elegance, opening the piece with Jacques Prevert's French lyrics, an alto Edith Piaf
Edith Piaf
Edith Piaf
1915 - 1963
crossed with Roberta Gambarini and accented with Daniela Schachter
Daniela Schachter
Daniela Schachter

Scozzesi is accompanied to great effect by guitarist Grant Geissman
Grant Geissman
Grant Geissman
, who arranged the piece as a light samba decorated with his intricate Latin latticework. In such close confines, a potent musicality is required to carry off such a piece. Scozzesi not only meets this challenge, but she also composes a unique vocalese for the song. That vocalese, melded with Geissman's own harmonic Improvisation, makes for a very satisfying version of an old song, indeed.

Personnel: Dolores Scozzesi: vocals; Grant: Geissman: guitar.

Record Label: Rhombus Records

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