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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
, 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.