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Véronneau Love & Surrender Review

by August 11, 2018

Véronneau is an award-winning acoustic trio that takes is shape by the stellar musicians that form it: French Canadian vocalist Lynn Véronneau, with guitarists Ken Avis and David Rosenblatt. The trio focuses on performing a world-jazz repertoire, combining originals and arrangement of classics by composers like Jimmy Webb and Serge Gainsbourg. Featuring sumptuous singing and precisely played instrumental parts, the richly multi-layered tunes build on the nylon-string guitars of Avis and Rosenblatt as a core sound with the delightfully ethereal vocals of Véronneau.

About the Album

Love & Surrender has ten tracks that is a combination of originals and cleaver arrangements. The core trio that is Veronneau is augmented by multiple special guests from Senegal, Nigeria, the UK and US, with a splash of Brazil.  The music also reflects the trio’s world influences in that Véronneau sings in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. The feels are just as varied, it swings, it grooves, it has quiet introspective ballads, and soaring up-tempo selections that will make your heart race.

Our Favorite Track

Our favorite track is “Songs of Love.” Véronneau’s voice is lovely as it floats over the guitar work of Avis and Rosenblatt. Joined by guest artist Etu Dieng on bass, Dave Kline on violin and Bruno Lucini on percussion and drums, the ensemble takes a deep look at love as a human condition. This original composition by the trio, has a well-constructed melody, form and lyrics. Both the violin and guitar soloing are pure rapturous joy. Véronneau’s vocal range is wide and her tone is smooth throughout as she clearly displays her fluency in effortless technique in classical, folk, blues, funk and latin. Elevating the songs connectivity to each genre.

In Conclusion

Veronneau the group is a season amalgamation of joyous music based in various ethnic backgrounds, all brought forth in beautiful performance that convey the beauty of each region to the listener. Their sound is infectious and heartwarming, a combination that is engaging and enlightening all in one.  Love & Surrender is worth the price of admission, get yourself a ticket right away.

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Songs of Love
Love & Surrender
The Road
La Javanaise
September Moon
Perfidia
Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most
Moons A Harsh Mistress
Voce Abusou/Fais Comme L’Oiseau
Waltz For Yousseff

Features

Lynn Véronneau, Vocals, Whistling
Ken Avis, Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica
David Rosenblatt, Guitar

Special guests :
Etu Dieng, Electric bass - tracks 1, 2
Tom King, Accordion - tracks 4, 6
Dave Kline, Violin –tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10
Amadou Kouyate, Kora (Senegalese 21 string traditional harp) – track 2
Bruno Lucini, Drums, Percussion
John Previti, Upright bass – tracks 2, 3, 4, 5
JP Silva, 7 string acoustic guitar and vocals – track 9

Label

Self-Released

Artist

Véronneau

Album

Love & Surrender

Release Date

January 5, 2018

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