Lori Carsillo: Sugar and Smoke

Some singers deliver sounds, others, like Lori Carsillo give out images. Her voice is kind of a cool mix between Blossom Dearie and Astrud Gilberto; she lures you in as she gently holds back with her less-is –more dry ice steamy cocktail of a tone. She makes it work astonishingly well her with a team of Adam Shulman/p, Mike Bordelon/b, James Gallagher/dr, Riley Bandy/sax, Jay Stapleton/g and Smith Dobson/vibes  that simmers through some slick as a shark skin suit 60s tunes.

Gentle bossas such as “Cinnamon & Clove” and “Moon and Sand” have a sexy sashay, while Carsillo digs her fingernails into “Comin’ Home Baby” with tenacity. She has a mischievous twinkle in her eye on”Nice Girls Don’t Stay for Breakfast” and she can also play around with familiar tunes, such as turning “The Thrill is Gone” into a jazzy waltz  and turning  “In The Still of the Night” up a few degrees. The compadres are perfectly simpatico, freeing her up to exude mystery and restraint. As Vo-cool as they get.

Tru Blu Lu Records


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