Silver's Dream Awhile Is Not A Reverie

Audrey Silver, Dream Awhile

Audrey received critical praise for her “vocal prowess” in her debut album, Here in My Arms, which featured pianist John Cowherd, bassist Doug Weiss, drummer Gerald Cleaver, guitarist Chis Bergson, percussionist Daniel Sadownick, and David Mann on flute and saxophones. In 2009, Audrey produced her latest CD, Dream Awhile, which features many of the players that have worked with her in New York clubs throughout her career, including pianist Joe Barbato, bassist Joe Fitzgerald, guitarist Chris Bergson, and drummers Anthony Pinciotti and Todd Isler. The recording features interpretations of 11 lesser known jazz standards.

Silver offers the listener a sophisticated style, which has a slow sexual burn as an undertone current. Silver also adorns the keen ability to skillfully scat melodically and with warmth and good pitch. Much more than just a technician, Silver drops notes from her mouth like warm honey drizzled onto chocolate morsels, pure sinful delight! You will want to share it with all your friends.

“The Song is Ended” is a luxurious cut that immediately endears the listener to Silver’s voice. Her tone is round, warm and wrapped with a low timbre, it send chills up your spine right out of the gate. Not since Karen Carpenter have I heard such a strong alto voice that is so pure and so convincing. Ably accompanied by pianist Barbato, he does not crowd Silver’s beautiful voice, which is especially important when supporting an alto voice, the low tones can easily be buried and lose their true beauty. He tastefully interacts, while drummer Chris Bergson and bassist Joe Fitzgerald create a swinging pad for Silver to shine. The arrangement is smart and features multiple modulations that showcase Silver’s ability to sound adept in various keys.

“So Many Stars” features Silver in a ballad setting a place where she really excels, he voice is bigger than life and offers the listener strength with intimate tenderness. Again the backing ensemble gently but so tastefully creates push and pull behind the vocalist who lilts and stretches the lyric with such grace, truly and emotional reading on a classic standard.

A playful reading of “I Could Write a Book” features Joe Barbato creating stride piano underneath Silver, and nice duet that allows the listener to hear every nuance of Silver’s voice, which is certainly a well developed instrument.

Dream Awhile is a must have vocal offering that I know you will revisit often for aural edification.

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