Michelle Lordi Dream A Little Dream
Vocalist Michelle Lordi’s Dream a Little Dream, a Gorgeous Set of Standards, Showcases and Celebrates Legendary Philadelphia Jazz Masters Larry McKenna and Sonny Troy
On her critically hailed 2015 album Drive, Michelle Lordi joined forces with some of jazz’s most celebrated young players, particularly pianist/arranger Orrin Evans, who produced the project and accompanied her on a program of emotionally taut ballads. With her new album Dream a Little Dream, which is slated for release on Oct. 6th, 2017, she delivers an intoxicating set of beloved standards with an illustrious cast of Philadelphia jazz veterans, including the storied tenor saxophonist Larry McKenna and guitarist Sonny Troy (who have played together since the late 1950s).
A no-nonsense singer with a gorgeous sound, Lordi conceived of that album as a celebration of Philadelphia jazz royalty, master improvisers who have played an essential role in her evolution as a vocalist. She’s been performing with McKenna and Troy over the past decade, but three years ago intermittent gigs turned into an on-going weekly hit with a scene-building jam session at Vintage Bar & Grill in Abington, a town a few miles north of Philadelphia.
“This album is a tribute to Sonny and Larry,” Lordi says, “and the joy we all have playing music with them.”
Produced by bassist Matt Parrish, a stellar player whose recording credits include albums by Regina Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Paquito D’Rivera, Etta Jones, and Orrin Evans, the album also features pianist Mike Frank, drummer Bill Avayou, trumpeter Jay Webb, and trombonist John Swana (most of whom consider McKenna and Troy mentors).
Rather than trying to reinvent chestnuts like “Thou Swell,” “I Hear Music” and the alluring title track, Lordi and McKenna know that these beautiful melodies and finely wrought lyrics are best served by an interpreter without an overarching agenda. Possessing impeccable taste, an acute sense of swing, arrestingly beautiful sound and keen emotional insight, she brings a sense of discovery to even the most familiar pieces. Whether kindling sensuous sparks on “They Say It’s Wonderful” or riding the lush tide of brass on a supremely seductive “The Lamp is Low,” Lordi and her multi-generational cast offer a jazz statement for the ages.
Bill Avayou - Drums
Larry KcKenna-Tenor Sax
John Swana - Trombone (tracks 2, 3, 5, 6 ,7)
Jay Webb - Trumpet
Dream A Little Dream 3:20
They Say It’s Wonderful 5:15
No Moon At All 4:25
The Lamp Is Low 4:04
I Hear Music 4:24
Thou Swell 3:24
This Time The Dream’s On Me 4:15