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Soul Full Snapshot to Joni

by Annie Sciolla

Annie Sciolla's masterful and unique take on Joni Mitchell Classics.
Genre: Rock: 70's Rock
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1. Help Me
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2. Jericho
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3. Coyote
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4. Amelia
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5. River
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6. Woodstock
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7. The Circle Game / Both Sides Now
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Album Notes
"Soul Full Snapshot to Joni"

Annie Sciolla - Voice
Luke Ferracone - Guitars
Chico Huff - Bass
Terry Klinefelter - Piano
Glenn Ferracone - Drums

Produced by Annie Sciolla and Glenn Ferracone



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John Diliberto

Liner Notes
Annie Sciolla – Album: Soul Full Snapshot, to Joni

Saint Joni Mitchell stands high atop the mountain of singers, songwriters and musicians. Many have attempted ascents to reach her elevation, but most peel off, seeking other, less challenging paths. Those who attempt to cover her music, especially her later work, also find it a perilous course. Joni’s unique vocal phrasing, part folk, part jazz, part her own idiosyncratically inventive approach, a way of bending notes and reaching falsetto heights, is not the stuff of Karaoke nights.

Annie Sciolla is not acrophobic. The Philadelphia-based singer is classically trained, but she doesn’t let that get in the way as she finds her own meaning in Joni Mitchell’s songs. Her range includes coaching alt-rocker Courtney Love to laying down jazz tracks with organist Joey DeFrancesco and recording her own album, Jerome Kern-Lost Treasures. She even sang with the carillon rock group, Cast in Bronze. She has a lithe soprano voice that wraps itself around melodies, warmly hugging the curves like a satin Snuggie.

In interviews throughout her long career, the Philadelphia-based singer has been citing Joni Mitchell as her primary influence. What better time to express that love than Joni’s 75th birthday year. Sciolla tackles the Joni oeuvre head on, not trying to mimic Joni’s unpredictable melodic turns and vocal flourishes, but by finding her own voice in these sometimes challenging, often painfully beautiful songs.

She does it with an intimate jazz quartet, recorded live in the same room, which brings a light touch to works from Joni’s jazz period like “Jericho” from Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter which was highlighted by the late-Jaco Pastorius’ bass work and saxophonist Wayne Shorter.

Sciolla is as comfortable with the lyrical side of Joni Mitchell as she is with her more pyrotechnic wordplay songs like “Coyote,” originally from the Jaco Pastorius driven Hejira album. Drummer Glenn Ferracone drives the song, locking into Sciolla’s rhythmically shifting cadence with deft, shuffling brush work.

The sound of the quartet is intimate, but sometimes Sciolla just breaks it down to a duo as she does on the gorgeously languid “Amelia” with only Chico Huff’s snaky bass line and Luke Ferracone’s restrained, but textured electric guitar. Joni pushes this song out, but Sciolla lays back into it, lamenting Amelia’s choices and destiny.

She brings a similar approach to “Woodstock”, Joni’s celebration of the flower-power generation and their zenith moment. Sciolla again opts for a stripped down sound. She sings the first verses acapella before bassist Chico Huff alone joins her.
She brings all her vocal prowess to the fore, leaning into the lyrics, bringing a feeling of loss to this classic rock song.

You can’t do Joni without doing “River,” her second most covered song. Floating on the spare liquid piano of Terry Klinefelter, Sciolla takes a more languorous approach, less regretful than Joni and more just going with the flow, her voice accented by Luke Ferracone’s gently reverbed guitar.

She takes it home by going back to the beginning, with Joni’s best known songs, a medley of “Circle Games” and “Both Sides Now.” She interpolates the two songs of life’s change, delusions and repetition. She brings it down to just her voice and Luke Ferracone’s acoustic guitar in a perfect denouement to this homage to Joni Mitchell, taking us on a circle back.

Annie Sciolla has created an intimate, thoughtful and personal take on Joni Mitchell, laying beautiful arrangements and passionate emotion on the altar of this iconic artist.

John Diliberto
Executive Producer/Host