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I’ll Remember April by Susie Meissner

Susie Meissner’s vocals have an operatic beading and billowy lifts as she courses through a docket of vintage swing-jazz tunes on her latest release, I’ll Remember April. Produced by Meissner and accompanied by guest musician, trumpeter Brian Lynch, I’ll Remember April resonates with all the glee of being in love and some of the tearful drippings that come with having your heart broken like in Victor Young and Ned Washington’s "My Foolish Heart." Most of all, the tracks gently ripple and puff with happiness pulling on its strings.

Meissner annunciates her words with a crystal clear ring as the songs move to the rhythm of her vocal vibrations. The bossa nova atmospherics of "Dreamer" have a ballroom splendor that caresses the earlobes, and the silky piano threading of "What A Wonderful World" has a placid flutter that dresses Meissner’s vocals similarly to the fine accoutrements that garbed Doris Day’s voice in plush mink stoles. Meissner’s narrations have a child-like joy and sophisticated furls like in Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart’s tune "There’s A Small Hotel." Her vocals move above the melodies with scepter-like glides and an ethereal touch like in her rendition of Victor Schertzinger and Johnny Mercer’s swing-jazz glazed "I Remember You," as she hangs scintillating trills on the words enhancing the presentation of the verses.

Meissner puts her own gelatin-like suppleness on standards like Cole Porter’s "You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To" and Irving Berlin’s "How Deep Is The Ocean," but Lynch’s trumpet plays a big part in giving these songs their own bewitching midnight glow. Meissner and Lynch are meticulous about their presentation, designing the songs to sound good in the listener’s ears. Joining Lynch and Meissner is a band who knows how to create luminous melodic lines starting with the leafy sweeps of saxophonists David Mann and Greg Riley and pianist John Shaddy, and ribbing the music in softly coasting beats from bassist Rob Williams and drummer Abe Speller. I’ll Remember April brings out the warm shades of swing-jazz music and treats the music like it can unite folks in ways that nothing else can.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Susie Meissner
  • CD Title: I’ll Remember April
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2009
  • Record Label: Lydian Jazz Records
  • Tracks: I’ll Remember April, Never Let Me Go, You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To, I’m Old Fashioned, How Deep Is The Ocean, Dreamer, What A Wonderful World, There’s A Small Hotel, Meditation, I Remember You, Little Girl Blue, My Foolish Heart, They Say It’s Wonderful
  • Musicians: Susie Meissner - vocals, Brian Lynch - trumpet, David Mann - alto saxophone, Greg Riley - tenor saxophone, John Shaddy - piano, Rob Williams - bass, Abe Speller - drums
  • Rating: Three Stars
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