Sunday afternoons could not be more alluring than with an assured vocal intimacy that captures the inner soul of an ageless lover's romantic sway. Enter vocalist Ms. Annie Kozuch. Actress and singer, her gift to sensually embrace one's "purr" with the feel of her tones is an intriguing gift for a debut spin. This enchanting artist, in her multi-gifted journey, has stylistically evoked the jazz audience with Here with You - a self released 2010 virgin project that takes her to another level, once more in her career.
The spin carries with it some very talented sounds in the studio, which marries her resonance as if they had a lifetime of recording behind them. The ivory majesty of Frank Ponzio engages the romantic flares from her music sheets. In the same way, guitarist Richard Padron brings the desired attitude to the Spanish psyche on numerous tracks. I examined the molding of sounds as the arrangements persuaded the vocals to set forth a nostalgic and cultural mood, thus a vocal performance surfaced that sets the tone for all ages.
The tapestry of the disk is an eclectic one with varied nuances to its appeal. From the initial engagement of the flute in "Chega de Saudade," one gets into the sultry sway of the Portuguese Bossa beat. It’s a spin that should not be confused with a controlled experiment, but as a deliberate design in jazz. Such is the case with "Carinhoso," which has the elegance of the culture of Brazil, and that aged wine mentality that makes the classic charms of jazz come alive for the listener.
The one cut that stirs praises in a different direction is Warren’s "You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me," as it appears it’s slightly off track arrangement wise.
Ms. Kozuch was worth the wait in many different ways. Her delivery has a cultural draw to it, which for many, has a personal chart presence to it. Her tone and tempo is spot on with most of the arrangements, and she becomes delicate when she needs to, and as heavy with beat when called upon. I like this artist on many levels. Ms. Kozuch will not derail your faith once spun. The uplifting loveliness of her performance will capture your attention.