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Title: You and the Night and the Music
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Richie Beirach piano
Laurie Antonioli vocals
Lauries style of singing is unique. Shes a true natural musician and her lyrics to Beirachs wonderful compositions like Elm and Nightlake, along with the Miles Davis classics Blue in Green and Miles trumpet solo on Flamenco Sketches show her instinctive talent to find text that fits perfectly to the melody. When she sings she bends the words, she whispers, she swings, she uses all the different timbres of the human voice to bring out the meaning of the lyrics. And Beirach plays with great passion. He is a master of harmony and colors, and has a sound you can identify right away. Aside from his harmonic and melodic virtuosity, his burning rhythmical approach is demonstrated with a left hand that is as strong as any rhythm section. He can change the direction of a piece from a gentle rubato ballad to an up tempo swing and still keep it light and flowing.