Korrie Paliotto's freshman release, Illumine (2007), follows in the footsteps of the great storytellers, painting cinematic scenes of human experience with an adept awareness of musical composition and lyric writing. Her fresh, smooth sound intricately weaves together jazz harmony, classical technique, and a pop sensibility. Her piano playing is both sensitive and bold, her voice refreshingly sincere. These eight tracks sparkle with an intimacy and honesty that is lacking in today's musical offerings, making it a "must have" for the discerning fan of sophisticated songwriting. From a young age, Korrie Paliotto remembers hearing the harmonies of blues and jazz in her home. The sounds of Wes Montgomery, BB King, and Stevie Ray Vaughn poured out of her father's stereo while the more orchestral jazz of old time theatre composers Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, and George Gershwin accompanied her mother's favorite musicals. "It was a strange combination. One day I'd be singing along to Oklahoma! And the next day I'd be watching a documentary about Robert Johnson.' But, blues and jazz were not the only musical forces in her life. While in high school, Miss Paliotto discovered an old stack of records hidden away in an upstairs cupboard- records comprising some of the most influential songwriters of the sixties and seventies- Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan to name a few. "When I came across Joni Mitchell, I just about had the wind knocked out of me. Those songs were whole movies! The narration and dialogue sung, the drama played out in the music, and the film created by imagination. Everything you needed to communicate the story was in a single song. I couldn't believe it. The fact that a song could do that was like magic." With these legends singing in her ears, she began her journey into the craft of songwriting, eventually arriving at a personal style that combines the poeticism of the great lyricists and the lush chord progressions of jazz.
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