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Dolores Scozzesi: A Special Taste

C. Michael Bailey By

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Track review of "Autumn Leaves/Les Feuilles Mortes"

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 crossed with Roberta Gambarini and accented with Daniela Schachter.

Scozzesi is accompanied to great effect by guitarist 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.

Track Listing: You Fascinate Me So; One More Cup of Coffee; Just Like A Woman; My One and Only Love; When Did You Leave Heaven; Listen Love; Jazz Is A Spaecial Taste; I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter; Stay Out of The Moonlight; Autumn Leaves/ Les Feuilles Mortes.

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

Title: A Special Taste | Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Rhombus Records


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