Teresa Salgueiro has been making solo albums since 2006, but 2012's O Mistério marks a new point of departure for the internationally revered Portuguese singer. All of her previous records were content to present Salgueiro in the role of sublime interpreter and/or musical anthropologist, as she explored the musical heritage of Portuguese, Brazilian, and Italian culture. O Mistério, on the other hand, is the first album of original material credited to her name, and to her notable cast of supporting musicians: Carisa Marcelino (accordion), Óscar Torres (double bass), André Filipe Santos (guitar), and Rui Lobato (drums and percussion); Lobato also co-produces, together with Salgueiro and António Pinheiro da Silva, who had worked with the singer on several Madredeus' albums.
Mel Rhyne is best known as Wes Montgomery's organist on and off in the late 1950s and '60s. He led few dates of his own until his rediscovery in the 1990s, so the CD reissue of this early jam session is quite welcome. Rhyne leads an all-star sextet that also includes trumpeter Blue Mitchell, tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin, pianist Gene Harris (the piano and organ work quite well together), bassist Andy Simpkins, and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath. Each of the four basic tunes are at least eight-and-a-half minutes long, with all but one exceeding ten-and-a-half minutes. However, with four strong soloists, the music never slows down or loses its momentum. Highly recommended.
Teresa Bright is a Hawaiian singer who regularly records traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music. She studied jazz vocals when she was younger, and occasionally used it on a few of her recordings. This CD, on her own label, allowed her to sing in a manner that is different from her more well known work. The closest person I could compare her to would be Lani Hall (Sergio Mendes & Brazil '66, and wife of Herb Alpert).