by Constance Tucker
Annette Genovese, bandleader, arranger, who has recorded dozens of songs for her own albums, Indie artists, and commercials, this busy Tri-State artist has released a winning release entitled Dream With Me. Managing her own projects, she has created several professionally produced albums ranging from new wave, gospel rock, pop, funk, and jazz. For each project, she has provided primary creative oversight from initial vision through song arrangement/writing, recording, mixing, and final mastering.
Recently, the loss of Horace Silver rocked the jazz world and Genovese’s version of “Senor Blues” is a fitting tribute to this legendary artist. Genovese has a pop infused style that offers the listener and easy way to connect to jazz. The track is driving and upbeat and is a good solid version of this well-covered standard. Genovese does it justice with good pitch, interesting phrasing and pleasing delivery. “Ain’t Nobody” made famous by Chaka Khan/Rufus lends itself to the versatility of styles contained within Dream With Me.
The album closes with a P. Mendes composition “So Many Stars,” in almost an ala Burt Bacharach style. Dream With Me is a mix of jazz and pop standards, a perfect recording for reminiscing through a time past or if I may; almost a collection of eras. Genovese truly switches between the jazz and pop jazz renditions with an easy style that has a 70s sensibility to it, which is becoming a popular approach in easy listening and jazz pop genres, a well-crafted listen.
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