Gabriela Anders got her big break singing a duet with soft jazz giant Michael Franks, and like that new age patriarch, Anders wraps laid-back vocals around even more tranquil rhythms. It's all very calming and proficient and breezy. Wanting, her debut album, mixes bits of her Argentine heritage with late-'70s California jazz, so Brazilian music coasts along with soft and hazy saxophone fills and tapping percussion leads. It all can be very pretty, as the opening "Fire of Love" represents Anders at her most relaxed and relaxing.
Bossa Nova is often thought of as a dying genre. Like bebop, some see it as a past stage of evolution. Anders successfully challenges this with her debut album on some classic Jobim tunes among others. While the first Bossa recordings in the 60s gave a sense of innocence with non-virtuoso vocalists such as Jobim and Gilberto, Anders gives the genre a new sensual side that fits in well as an evolution of the genre as a whole. She remains faithful to the melodies, and her prominent vocals are able to be heard through the modern arrangement with a much more uptempo rhythm.
Argentinian-born singer Gabriela Anders' music is exotic and sultry, with the funky infusion of a sensual, tropical beat. Gabriela Anders continues a journey of musical excellence and introspection with her new release, "Eclectica", a collection of Brazilian, R&B and jazz- influenced songs, now including two additional tracks, "Far away" and "Love so right". "Eclectica": a sultry, exotic sound with irresistible grooves, punctuated by intensely soulful vocals. Anders' voice seduces, and her impassioned ideas and desires are enthralling.
Filmed at Switzerland's Montreux Jazz Festival in 1999, the concert (also available on CD) features some of the genre's best players, like pianist Bob James and guitarist Larry Carlton, both of whom appear with their own bands, backing other musicians, and with their group Fourplay. Also on hand are keyboardist George Duke, saxophonists Kenny Garrett, Boney James, Kirk Whalum, and Mark Turner, and trumpeter Rick Braun. The performances are all good; these fellows can play, and singers Kevin Mahogany and Gabriela Anders are no slouches either.
Conceived and produced by guitarist Tim Weston, Wouldn't It Be Nice: A Jazz Portrait of Brian Wilson (Blue Note CDP 7243 8 33092 2 1; 65:39) is not your average tribute album. Employing an impressive array of musicians, from Jeffrey Osborne and the Yellowjackets to Dori Caymmi and Shelby Flint, the album is an eclectic and disarming exploration of Wilson's compositions, often bringing out shades of meaning bubbling below the well-traveled surfer anthems. The range of approaches alone is impressive: Don Grusin gives a swinging, semi-gospel read (with Tollack Olestad on harmonica) to "Surfer Girl," Eliane Elias takes a meditative solo piano look at both "Our Sweet Love" and "Friends," and "Wouldn't It Be Nice" is given a dark, emotional read with the combination of Osborne's deep vocals and Ralf Rickert's mute horn breaks.
Before the emergence of Daniel Catan, whose Rappaccini's Daughter (1991) and Florencia en el Amazonas (1996) have had considerable exposure and success, Mexican opera had passed largely under the radar of most opera lovers. Urtext's excellent new recording of La Mulata de Cordoba (1948) by Jose Pablo Moncayo (1912-1958) helps fill in that gap in awareness.