Laurie Antonioli

The Constant Passage of time

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5-STARS After her previous album honoring the music of Joni Mitchell [Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light], mezzo-soprano Laurie Antonioli includes three more songs of Joni Mitchell in her new album, which also features Sheryl Crow's Riverwide and Neil Young's Don't Let It Bring You Down. The track Layla is not Eric Clapton's song but Antonioli's title and lyrics to a tune [Bee] by another guitarist, Nguyên Lê (Layla is the name of her new grandchild). She is supported by a quintet of reeds [Sheldon Brown], guitar [Dave MacNab], piano [Matt Clark], bass [Dan Feiszli], and drums [Jason Lewis]. This is Antionioli's seventh album in a career that was fostered by Mark Murphy and Pony Poindexter; she presently heads the vocal jazz program at the California Jazz Conservatory. The album largely sails on an even keel with a consistent tone, feeling, and mood despite different tempos and meter. Her restrained, soft reflections begin with her song Longing for You, based on Russell Ferrante's melody but next jumps up to the up-tempo Crow song with saxophone and fast tabla drum work. After the exhale of Layla with guitar solo comes Moonbirds by Antonioli and Johannes Enders, who also wrote the later song Highway with another guitar solo gem. The Mitchell pieces, Harry's House and The Arrangement, with saxophone comments, and Love, with piano warmth, keep up the storytelling flow. The album, both beautiful and comfortable, showcases Antonioli's sensitive phrasing and the well-matched instrumentalists of her working band.






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