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Laurie Antonioli

Nothing heightens one’s sense of identity more than being far away from home. For Laurie Antonioli, one of jazz’s most adventurous vocalists, working outside the United States has long provided invaluable perspective and information. Her new album American Dreams is an emotional travelogue inspired not so much by the sights and sounds encountered while living abroad as by the feelings that arose while thinking of home during her long sojourn in Europe. Supple and sensuous, her voice infuses every well-chosen note with longing and desire’s simmering afterglow, a quality unnamed in English but known in Portuguese as saudade.

Whether interpreting American Songbook standards, reinventing traditional American songs, or introducing contemporary melodies made vivid with her original lyrics, Antonioli brings her incisive musical intelligence to bear on every tune. The result is a gorgeous tapestry woven from the raw materials of jazz, folk, and country music, a thematically unified program largely created during her years teaching vocal jazz in Austria.

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