Dessy Di Lauro - Jump n’ Jivin’ Live at The Swing House (2011)

Dessy Di Lauro

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The power of pairs can accomplish wonderful things when it comes to musical collaborations.  When singer/songwriter Dessy DiLauro first met keyboardist/producer Ric'key Pageot, she was coming off a performance of Cirque de Soleil's La Nouba.  They immediately clicked and became working together on numerous occasions.  Both grew up with strong jazz and Cuban music backgrounds, which reflected the tone of DiLauro's 2004's debut A Study of a Women's Soul.  The CrazyglueMusic release afforded DiLauro & Pageot showcases at various conferences in the U.S. and Canada and an appearance at The Montreal International Jazz Festival.  The now married Montreal natives settled in L.A. after coming off another Cirque production Delirium from 2006 thru 2008 in search of opportunities to perform their own material outside the theatre setting.  As DiLauro and Pageot were seeking ideas for their L.A.

The power of pairs can accomplish wonderful things when it comes to musical collaborations.  When singer/songwriter Dessy DiLauro first met keyboardist/producer Ric'key Pageot, she was coming off a performance of Cirque de Soleil's La Nouba.  They immediately clicked and became working together on numerous occasions.  Both grew up with strong jazz and Cuban music backgrounds, which reflected the tone of DiLauro's 2004's debut A Study of a Women's Soul.  The CrazyglueMusic release afforded DiLauro & Pageot showcases at various conferences in the U.S. and Canada and an appearance at The Montreal International Jazz Festival.  The now married Montreal natives settled in L.A. after coming off another Cirque production Delirium from 2006 thru 2008 in search of opportunities to perform their own material outside the theatre setting.  As DiLauro and Pageot were seeking ideas for their L.A. club schedule, they decided that they wanted to put together a project merging swing and syncopated jazz of Cab Calloway and James P. Johnson with funk and R&B. 

DiLauro's sophomore disc, Jump n' Jivin' Live @ The Swing House, incorporates many of those concepts; thanks to the seamless musical direction and arrangements by Pageot and DiLauro.  DiLauro's electrifying alto lights up the five-song mini concert that includes the first single "Why U Raggin?" (which won the Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best R&B/Soul Song) and an updated arrangement of "Shout Out" from A Study of a Woman's Soul - renamed "Shout Out 2.0."   The three-piece Regiment Horns and rhythm section of Brandon K. Brown and Stanley Randolph nail down the swing factor while keeping the modern R&B attitude.  Two of the songs are also available in studio versions.  With Jump n' Jivin' Live @ The Swing House, DiLauro and Pageot's musical chemistry is stronger than ever.  And the audience on that special night was truly jumpin' and jivin' right along with them.    

Notable Tracks:  Everything

Vocals:  3.5 stars
Music:  4.0 stars
Lyrics:  4.0 stars
Production:  4.0 stars
SoulTracks Call:  Highly Recommended

By Peggy Oliver

 

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