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Susie Arioli featuring Jordan Officer: All The Way

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Vocalist Susie Arioli's performances on All The Way are all about impact through intimacy. Arioli's laidback and understated vocals don't fall in line with the textbook definition of “powerful," but her ability to create highly emotive atmospheres in cloistered and relatively calm surroundings marks her as a powerful singer nonetheless. For this, her seventh studio affair, Arioli and her right hand man, guitarist Jordan Officer, tackle standards in their own inimitable fashion. Mellow moods tend to dominate the proceedings, but this is no sleep-inducing set of music. Gripping vocal performances, along with succinct and stylish solos, help ...

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Susie Arioli: Brushing with Strings

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This summer, AAJ contributor Mary Ann Lacey interviewed Susie Arioli before and after her closing concert for the 2007 Montreal International Jazz Festival. Arioli and her partner, Jordan Officer, make up the core of the Susie Arioli Band, whose gentle jazz and swing ballads have enraptured audiences across the country and abroad since their start in 1997. Arioli sings in a soft but clear voice while playing brushes on the snare drum. Her repertoire includes jazz tunes like “Pennies from Heaven and “By Myself, and more country/popular songs like “Husbands & Wives and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix. ...

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Susie Arioli Swing Band Featuring Jordan Officer: Pennies from Heaven

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As soon as this sweet baker's dozen swings into action, you may feel as if you have walked into a lemonade commercial. The slightly sleepy fretwork of Jordan Officer gets the opening title track off to a dreamy start and Susie Arioli's brightly burred vocals follow along quite nicely. Pacing up for “Honeysuckle Rose," down again for a sparkling “Night and Day," and then way up for a rockabilly ride through the well-titled original “Jordan's Boogie," the dynamic duo and their competent support staff keep the mix interesting but never lose their underlying sense of fun. Even in the after-hours ...

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Susie Arioli Swing Band Featuring Jordan Officer: Pennies from Heaven

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For her second album, Montreal-based singer Susie Arioli has graduated from a smaller label to a major Canadian one, Justin Time. And why not. Arioli has one of the more personable and refreshing vocal styles on today's scene. With impeccable phrasing and timing, an incredible feel for the lyrics all expressed in an engaging vocal fashion, she revives a musical agenda of mostly classic standards peppered with some contemporary material. Jordan Officer once again is with the singer and plays an integral part in the relaxed but vibrant way the music is presented. Moving back and forth between acoustic and ...

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Susie Arioli Swing Band: It's Wonderful

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Susie Arioli is no newcomer to the vocal game having performed in and around Montreal for several years. She and her Swing Band also performed at the JVC Jazz Festival in New York. It's Wonderful is her first album as a leader and she sings music she likes. There's an emphasis on 1930's and 1940's material. But there's other stuff here as well.

On the classic standards, Arioli follows firmly in the footsteps of such singers as Billie Holiday, Maxine Sullivan, Peggy Lee and June Christy, all of whom respected the songs they chose to perform. Like the great one ...



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