Susie Arioli Swing Band
Pennies From Heaven
is an implicit power in understatement that many performers
aspire to but seldom achieve, and it is a quality that
is found note for note in Susie Arioli's new disc, Pennies
From Heaven. Following up on the success of her group's
debut, It's Wonderful, Arioli has once again taken
a good selection of torchy standards and a couple of ripping
solos from her guitarist Jordan Officer, and compiled
them into a lustrous and sticky-sweet fusion.
a lovely and bookish charm, Arioli obviously has a deep
and abiding respect for her elders. Her performances of
monoliths, like "Night and Day" and the title
track, lack the lusty veneer that are often applied to
the songs, while her timeless voice clarifies and enlightens
them for new audiences. As the group's timekeeper with
brushes and snare, Arioli is able to maintain a sultry
rhythm that also allows her talented guitarist to shine
on some snappy improvisations as well.
also gets a couple of chances to snap off some '50s-flavored
rockabilly solos on his own originals, "Jordan's
Boogie," and "Walter's Flat." Arioli, on
the other hand, slows way down to properly illuminate
the nuances in Billie Holiday's "Don't Explain,"
and Duke Ellington's "Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From
Me." With a sweet temper, a subtle wit, and a smart
band behind her, Susie is likely to go far.