She is absolutely magical on song after song. And she serves up this exquisite fare generously with music that comes from the depths of her soul and that is what great performances are all about.
Laurie Antonioli is one of the era's definitive jazz vocalists, but she's got a little rock 'n' roll in her soul too. Her new album expands her creative purview with an emotionally trenchant program focusing on her collaborations with state-of-the-art jazz composers - including Russell Ferrante and Nguyên Lê - and new arrangements of songs by iconic singer/songwriters Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Sheryl Crow. "The Constant Passage of Time" is her 7th album overall and 3rd created with her American Dreams band, a superlative quintet featuring saxophonist Sheldon Brown, guitarist Dave MacNab, pianist Matt Clark, drummer Jason Lewis, and bassist/recording engineer Dan Feiszli. The arrangements cover a lot of gripping musical ground, making particularly brilliant use of Brown's bass clarinet and the stinging fretwork of MacNab.
1. Longing for You (Russell Ferrante/Antonioli) 5:36
2. Riverwide (Sheryl Crow) 4:34
3. Layla (Nguyên Lê/Antonioli) 3:56
4. Moonbirds (Johannes Enders/Antonioli) 5:31
5. Harry's House/The Arrangement (Joni Mitchell) 6:32
6. Love (Joni Mitchell) 3:55
7. Highway (Johannes Enders/Antonioli) 4:21
8. And So It Is (Paul Nagle/Antonioli) 3:16
9. Don't Let it Bring You Down (Neil Young) 5:26
Produced by Laurie Antonioli
Recorded by Dan Feiszli at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley CA.
February 9-11, 2018
Mixed by Nenad Vasilic, Vienna, Austria
Mastered by Raphael Jonin, Paris, France
Photos by David Geathers
Cover design & layout by John Bishop