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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #70 July-August 2007

Ann Savoy & Her Sleepless Knights

If Dreams Come True (Memphis International)

Ann Savoy has explored Cajun and zydeco music and collaborated with Linda Ronstadt (last year’s Adieu False Heart). Her new disc is a well-executed set of jazz-tinged standards that demonstrates her versatility as a vocalist. Savoy swings on the title track, co-written by Benny Goodman, and convincingly explores the emotional complexities of Rodgers & Hart’s “Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered”. In a nod to her Louisiana roots, Savoy performs three songs in French, including a Gypsy-flavored version of Django Reinhardt’s “Melodie Au Crepuscle”. Her band, which includes four-fifths of the Red Stick Ramblers plus her sons Wilson and Joel, provides strong support without overpowering her vocals. The all-acoustic setting provides a vibrant, intimate backdrop for the songs.

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Originally Featured in Issue #70 July-August 2007

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