177

Susie Arioli Swing Band: It's Wonderful

By

Sign in to view read count
Susie Arioli Swing Band: It's Wonderful 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 who preceded her, Arioli conveys the lyrics of the song with sensitivity, understanding and emotion. In other words, just what one might to expect to hear from a top flight vocal artist who knows what she's about. There's no pyrotechnics here, no swoops, no scatting just straight ahead performances with an unerring feel for the music delivered with a classically pure voice. Listen to her interpretation of "I Cover the Waterfront" which is done with a combination of mournful loneliness and hopeful anticipation. In his only appearance, Aron Doyle's trumpet noodles figures underneath Arioli to help her to set the mood. The album's coda "Blue Prelude" is reminiscent of Nancy Wilson's 1963 recording with Gerald Wilson. Arioli's version matches Wilson's for the down in the dumps feeling which comes from the "pain in my soul" caused by terminal heart break.

On the non classic standard side, "The Big Hurt" and "It's Wonderful" sound like 1950's pop tunes and something that Joni James would be comfortable singing. "Trying to Get to You "by Rockabilly Hall of Famer Rosemarie McCoy shows Arioli is at ease with that music. In fact, you can hear a bit of country swing sneak in on her renditions of "Lover Come Back to Me" and "If Dreams Come True", and it works well.

Arioli is joined on the session by her Swing Band augmented by the rhythm guitar of Jordan Officer which adds lots to the album. He plays an old style Harmony guitar which gives off a deep, resonant sound much like a bass pitched slightly higher than usual which meshes very effectively with Arioli's voice. Jordan gets a chance in the limelight as Arioli sits out on a couple of tracks. "Rueben's Blues" and "Instrumental #2" are right out of a Chet Atkins guitar song book. Officer's soloing and Arioli's vocalizing are made more eloquent by the strong presence of Michael Browne's outstanding rhythm guitar. Although they both don't play together, Arioli's group includes two bass players. Their role on this album is not a major one as they compete with Browne to set rhythmic patterns and keep time. Arioli chips in from time to time with her snare drum, an unusual side instrument for a vocalist.

This is a very entertaining CD and hopefully others will follow in the not too distant future.

Track Listing: If Dreams Come True; He's Funny That Way*; What Is This Thing Called Love?*; Lover Come Back to Me; It's Wonderful; I Cover the Waterfront*#; Reuben's Blues*; The Big Hurt*; Trying to Get to You*; No Smoke Blues*; I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good); Sailboat in the Moonlight; Instrumental #2; Blues Prelude.

Personnel: Susie Arioli: vocals, snare drum; Jordan Officer: guitar; Michael Browne: guitar; Shane McKenzie: bass (1, 4, 5, 11-14); Stephen Barry: bass (2, 3, 6-10); Aron Doyle: trumpet (6).

| Record Label: Sodec | Style: Vocal


Shop

More Articles

Read United CD/LP/Track Review United
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 23, 2017
Read Chromola CD/LP/Track Review Chromola
by John Eyles
Published: March 23, 2017
Read Satin Doll – A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn CD/LP/Track Review Satin Doll – A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: March 23, 2017
Read Nature City CD/LP/Track Review Nature City
by Henning Bolte
Published: March 23, 2017
Read Beninghove's Hangmen Plays Led Zeppelin CD/LP/Track Review Beninghove's Hangmen Plays Led Zeppelin
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: March 23, 2017
Read This Is The Uplifting Part CD/LP/Track Review This Is The Uplifting Part
by Karl Ackermann
Published: March 22, 2017
Read "Swong" CD/LP/Track Review Swong
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 27, 2016
Read "The Candy Men" CD/LP/Track Review The Candy Men
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 28, 2016
Read "Revolution Before Lunch" CD/LP/Track Review Revolution Before Lunch
by Mark Corroto
Published: June 2, 2016
Read "Isang" CD/LP/Track Review Isang
by Roger Farbey
Published: December 24, 2016
Read "Of the Tree" CD/LP/Track Review Of the Tree
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: June 23, 2016
Read "Days Are Not Days" CD/LP/Track Review Days Are Not Days
by Mark Corroto
Published: December 20, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: DOT TIME RECORDS | BUT IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!