|Written by Esther Callens|
|Thursday, 05 July 2012 11:38|
There are a number of sizzling jazz releases that are sure to spice up most long summer nights. Two are from outstanding artists Susie Arioli (vocalist) and Charles Compo (composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist). With offerings such as these, the lazy days of summer will be musically synced.
All The Way by Susie Arioli is a fantastic recording that consists of a variety of outstanding standards. The set opens with Arioli taking on Rodgers and Hart’s “My Funny Valentine.” It is a well executed showcase of Arioli’s sultry vocals and it is done perfectly. The title track, “All The Way,” is quite reminiscent of the ‘50s sound. It is a very great interpretation. The Arioli and Jordan Officer (guitar) collaboration on Arlen and Mercer’s “Come Rain Or Shine” is excellent. It’s as if it was written exclusively for them.
The pace is stepped up in “When Your Lover Has Gone” and Arioli superbly delivers. It is fantastic.
Arioli sings a very sensual interpretation of “Un Jour De Difference” (What A Difference A Day Makes) by performing French lyrics. The set closes with “Time After Time.” The sax (Cameron Wallis) and guitar (Officer) interchange, along with Arioli’s vocals, makes this a great number. Arioli has quite a following in Europe, and her native Canada. She is a brilliant artist with impressive vocals that is sure to mesmerize United States jazz aficionados as well.
Charles Compo is a multi-talent with a list of credentials to back it up. He has performed with Martha Reeves, Christina Aguilera and countless others. Therefore it is not surprising that his latest album, Foolish Pleasure is an eclectic mixture. Fusing Rock, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues – you name it as Compo plays what he loves – Music!
Foolish Pleasure is a 12 track collection of Compo originals. It is a lively and danceable. Track favorites are: the mid-tempo melody of “Mom’s Midnight Dilemma”, the funky bluesy vibe of “Steppin Off” and the Jamaican tinged “Rockaway.” Needless to say, Campo plays Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Guitar and Twelve String Guitar on this collective – he is a genius.