It's all about the song, not the label, with Dolores Scozzesi. Like Billie Holiday, and Edith Piaf, she knows how to find the story in the heart of a song.
Dolores Scozzesi, a veteran jazz singer... gives here the kind of performance I really like: rhythmic singing with a feel for the jazz beat and surprisingly, a rich mezzo voice rather than the usual soprano.
The Art Music Lounge
Here’s a singer with a charmingly unique voice and approach to song. Dolores Scozzesi has an old world sound to her pitch, an Iberian lilt that gives a Mediterranean worldliness to her treatment of standards like “My One and Only Love” . . .”and Tin Pan Alley hits “When Did You Leave Heaven.” Mark Winkler, who produced this mature disc, contributes his own “Jazz Is A Special Taste” which has Scozzesi delivering worldwise lyrics with the heart of a lion. Impressive release here."
George W. Harris,
It’s the voice that grabs you to begin with. A rich contralto with edge, snapping from molten serenity to a predatory growl in a single phrase, and a timbre that makes you want to place your hands on the speakers just so you can capture something of its individuality. She switches easily between the ominous and the edgy. “Jazz is a Special Taste” is a stop/start exploration of the allure of the genre to which Scozzesi has loosely hitched her star.”
A glance at the song list would suggest another collection of standards but Scozzesi has an inviting vocal style and very unique arrangements that make 'A Special Taste' a standout album. She visits many styles especially Latin that is weaves into several tracks. She also incorporates her musicians into the fabric. Charlie Bisharat shines on violin on "One More Cup of Coffee" and guitarist Grant Geissman is featured on a couple of tunes notably "When Did You Leave Heaven". Scozzesi swings with the band on "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself A Letter" our favorite tune of the set. But we found her unique approach and engagement in the mood of the music to capture our spirit.
D. Oscar Groomes www.OsPlaceJazz.com
Whenever the names of legendary vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Edith Piaf are used to describe a new singer, it's clear that there's something special about that artist. Dolores Scozzesi is one such artist and her unique mezzo-soprano voice separates her from the plethora of female jazz vocalists dotting the landscape these days.
Edward Blanco 88.9 FM
Scozzesi scats over a solid Latin vibe that raises the humidity to about 110%. Scozzesi weaves her way through these transitions without leaving any footprints. It is masterful.
C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz
There is an entire world and history in her voice.
Michael Doherty's Music Log (click for entire review)