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Olivia Foschi: Perennial Dreamer

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San Francisco native and Rome-educated Olivia Foschi is a sophisticated, urbane singer whose debut album Perennial Dreamer is a testament to her mature and worldly outlook. Surrounded by an energetic group of individualistic and trailblazing instrumentalists, Foschi presents a heady mix of original compositions, Italian ballads and jazz standards. Thanks primarily to her rich, smoky voice and sublime, expressive phrasing, this variety remains engaging without sacrificing thematic unity.Much like legendary vocalist Billie Holiday, Foschi personalizes the interpretation of each tune. On “Everything Happens to Me," her lilting intonations undulate over the Samba-inspired beats of her rhythm section. Harmonica ...

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Olivia Foschi: Perennial Dreamer

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Vocalist Olivia Foschi joins a group of young singers intent on changing the jazz vocals landscape by framing standards in anything other than standard ways. Tierney Sutton is the leader of this new direction, followed by Gretchen Parlato, Jacqui Sutton, Laurie Antonioli and Renee Yoxon. Using the standard acoustic jazz ensembles, these singers use thoughtful arrangements and unique instrumentation to color the time-tested songbook. Foschi brings her airy soprano and her rich vision to such a collection of standards and originals on Perennial Dreamer. Foschi opens the disc with the standard “Here's That Rainy Day" establishing a ...



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