Susie Arioli: "All The Way" (feat. Jordan Officer)
Now this is an album that we have been waiting for... We here at The Canadian Jazz Review are huge fans of the critically acclaimed Susie Arioli. After witnessing the success of her internationally renowned "Christmas Dreaming", we knew we could only expect great things to come from this Montreal, Quebec native...and great they were. Arioli has done it again, bringing her soft, and rather soothing voice to an album made up of thirteen songs, featuring guitarist Jordan Officer, from the "great american songbook", including show tunes such as Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart's "My Funny Valentine", and jazz standards like Frank Sinatra's "Heres to the Losers". Not only does Arioli tackle these wide range of songs, however she masterfully displays great emotion over the many themes presented throughout the album. One song to note on the record is Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer's "Come Rain or Come Shine". The song begins with a beautiful introduction by Officer, followed quickly by Arioli's sweet voice. Like all the other songs on the album, as Arioli displays her wide range of tone and pitch (somewhat reminding the listener of Ella Fitzgerald), Officer does an amazing job harmonizing with the vocal line on his guitar. After listening to the album, you can't help but reflect on your own life (somewhat wishing you had Susie Arioli's voice). In the end, we loved the album, and can't wait for this vocalist to produce another five star record!