Emerging jazz vocalists typically fall into one of two camps. One attempts to freshen up standards, with a session drawn entirely from the American Songbook. The other brings something new, either in the approach to how the songs are arranged or with new material. Susie Arioli gives us a taste of both with Spring (Spectra Musique, 2016).
The singer-songwriter is accompanied by Don Thompson, piano and vibraphone; Terry Clarke, drums; Neil Swainson, bass; Reg Schwager, drums; Phil Dwyer, tenor saxophone; Kevin Turcotte, trumpet; Andy Ballantyne, alto saxophone; Shirantha Beddage, baritone saxophone; and Kelsley Grant, trombone.
The set opens with one of four Arioli originals, the delightful, upbeat “Loverboy.” A bright, sunny horn section riff begins the song. Arioli’s voice charms the spirit. The pace is moderate and snappy. Turcotte stretches out during the middle break, with ample assistance from Clark, Swainson, Thompson and Schwager.