Saturday, December 7, 2013

CD Review: Annette Genovese "Dream With Me"

Annetta Genovese's latest CD, "Dream With Me" uses three original songs including the wonderful and dreamy title song, "Dream With Me". The music and arrangements in this CD are fresh and have a contemporary feel. Annette has a smooth, rich and strong voice that it perfect for the varied tempos found in this CD. It's simply an exciting new swing Jazz CD that will stay new no matter how many times you listen to it. Annette has tons of experience performing in the New York Tri-State area over the past 25 years. But Annette is much more than just a great singer.  She has always managed her own projects including this CD.  Annette has recorded and performed in New Wave, Gospel Rock, Pop, Funk and Jazz. She had a good sense of what she wants from her projects and involves herself with arrangements, writing, recording mixing and the final mastering.  This is one talented women!

Annette has selected some superbly talented musicians to support her on this CD. Each one them could star on their own CD and have in the past. Rob Reich on Guitar received his BA in Music from William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ in 1993. Since he graduated, Rob has been a fixture of the NYC Jazz scene.  He has toured with Peter Cincotti and opened for Michael McDonald at the Sundance Film Festival. He has just finished his debut CD "Homeward" and is finishing a second CD entitled "Gems".

Jim West is on Keyboards and has performed with many giants of the Jazz world including Buddy Rich, Mel Torme, Anita Ellis, Carly Simon, Gerry Niewood, Ruby Braff and Steve Allen. Jim recently performed at Feinstein's, The Metropolitan Room and the Iridium Jazz Club in NYC.

Bassist Brian Glassman received his BA degree in Jazz performance from Rutgers University.  Since 2003, he has been the instructor of Jazz Bass at Princeton University. He has also performed with a "Who's Who" of Jazz greats like Paquito d'Rivera, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Lionel Hampton Kenny Burrell, Benny Golson, Liza Minnelli and Anne Calloway.

Paul LaDuca is on Drums and handles the various rhythms on these arrangement perfectly. Paul has played with several R & B/Jazz bands and vocalists Elaina Edwards, Anthony Literati and Paul Del Genovese.

Annette Genovese has a great voice and classy style to go with it.  She knows the value of recording with only the finest musicians and the result is this fine Jazz CD.

1. Senor Blues                                  5. Superstar
2. Simple Magic                               6. Young and Fine
3. Dream With Me                           7. Willow Weep for Me
4. Ain't Nobody                                8. So Many Stars

Annette Genovese: Vocals
Rob Reich: Guitar
Brian Glassman: Bass
Jim West: Keys
Paul LaDuca: Drums
Lee Farber: Percussion

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