If Dreams Come True

If Dreams Come True

by Ann Savoy


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If Dreams Come True

Ann Savoy has long been a Francophile. A French major in college, she later became a major player in the Cajun music scene through her work in the Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band and the Magnolia Sisters. More recently, she has become more widely known as the organizer of two well-received Cajun-based compilations, Evangeline Made and Creole Bred, as well as Adieu False Heart, her 2006 collaboration with Linda Ronstadt. But with this disc she travels to the motherland, so to speak. Bidding adieu to Louisiana and Cajun music, she sets sail for France to explore Parisian hot jazz stylings. She puts her French fluency to good use in her sultry readings of "Si Tu Savais" and Django Reinhardt's "Melodie au Crepuscule." On the other hand, her English singing on "If You Don't I Know Who Will" falls short of being truly incandescent. She acquits herself far better on her handling of standards "The Way You Look Tonight" and "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered." On these tunes, her voice glides effortlessly over the melodies. Savoy, however, probably achieves her strongest vocal on the old Billie Holiday classic "Getting Some Fun out of Life," where she fully projects the sense of joie de vivre that the song talks about. Savoy is ably supported on If Dreams Come True by her backing band, whom she calls Her Sleepless Knights. Her key accompanists are fiddler Kevin Wimmer and guitarist Tom Mitchell, Jr.. Both men are given ample opportunities to solo throughout the disc. "The Very Thought of You," for instance, affords each man a chance to shine; it also features some fine piano playing by Savoy's son Wilson Savoy. Sometimes the performances do suggest an excellent lounge band to the extent that you can almost hear the audience applause after a solo. Still, If Dreams Come True offers a delightful, charming musical excursion of Paris' romantic Left Bank.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/15/2007
Label: Memphis Int'l
UPC: 0823862201428
catalogNumber: 217
Rank: 119633

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ann Savoy   Primary Artist,Vocals
Kevin Wimmer   Fiddle
Wilson Savoy   Piano
Tom Mitchell   Guitar
Glenn Fields   Drums
Chas Justus   Rhythm Guitar
Eric Frey   Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Benny Goodman   Composer
Django Reinhardt   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Tim Brymn   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Ann Savoy   Producer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Vivian Ellis   Composer
Edgar Leslie   Composer
Holt Marvell   Composer
Georges Ulmer   Composer
A.J. Lewis   Composer
Brooke Barnett   Cover Design
Sleepless Knights   Producer

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