Combining her own compositions with a handful of rock tunes from the past 50 years, Antonioli and her sextet have crafted an album that invites the listener into questions about patriarchy and capital, and the ties that bind us as Americans. Her voice, tall, proud and unpretentious, deserves to be more widely heard.
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 5:36
2. Riverwide 4:34
3. Layla 3:56
4. Moonbirds 5:31
5. Harry's House/The Arrangement 6:32
6. Love 3:55
7. Highway 4:21
8. And So It Is 3:16
9. Don't Let it Bring You Down 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
Ken Franckling's Jazz Notes (Ken Franckling)
Singer Laurie Antonioli has a gem here, one that reveals the many facets of her musical talent. She's got perfect pitch, the ability to immerse herself into the band she works with (a musician whose instrument is her voice), and she's a superb lyricist. This long-time educator chairs the vocal program at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley ...
Pop Culture Classics (Paul Freeman)
Bay Area vocalist Laurie Atonioli's seventh album is pure magic. Her voice is heavenly, hauntingly beautiful, breathing life into an array of jazz/folk/pop tunes. Antonioli's elegant, evocative lyrics are perfectly complemented by different composers on five gorgeous numbers -- the yearning "Longing for You," with melody by Russell Ferrante; the ...
Amazon (Dr. Debra Jan Bibel)
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 titl ...
Downbeat (Various - Hot Box Feature)
HOT BOX FEATURE, May 2019 Combining her own compositions with a handful of rock tunes from the past 50 years, Antonioli and her sextet have crafted an album that invites the listener into questions about patriarchy and capital, and the ties that bind us as Americans. Her voice, tall, proud and unpretentious, deserves to be more widely heard. ...
All About Jazz (C. Michael Bailey)
West coast vocalist and teacher Laurie Antonioli has had a storied jazz career (which she has mentioned committing to the page one day). Presently, she is enjoying a calm period of determined evolution and realization that has resulted in her most recent recordings: American Dreams (Intrinsic Music, 2010), Songs Of Shadow, Songs Of Light: The Music ...
Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
She might be switching it up this time around, but one thing is certain, she still has that Joni Mitchell discovering jazz vibe to her sound. Working this time out with a band and contributing some originals as she also widens her set list to more than one composer, this is a set that gathers the things that make the jazz vocalist what she is---and ...
JazzdaGama (Raul da Gama)
Anyone who is in the know of vocalist and pedagogue Laurie Antonioli and the music she creates, espouses and teaches will know that lyricism and the art of musical seduction is at the heart of her lucid and tuneful music. A somewhat melancholy poet of song, Miss Antonioli's music is rich in allusion to life – even lived experience – which is so ...
JazzEd Magazine (Dan Bilawsky)
The movement of time and tide remain unhampered by artistic intentions, yet music has a way of marking or defining a moment and fixing itself to specific points on existence's steady line of progress. This seventh album from veteran vocalist Laurie Antonioli emphasizes that fact while also showcasing her way with words, wide-ranging interests, and ...