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.
Out of Sweden comes new jazz sounds from guitarist Anders Nilsson's group Aorta, a group that glances briefly back at the late '60s and '70s, then forges ahead, showing some possible directions for the music to go if it is to remain vital. Aorta probably won't be doing a week at the Vanguard any time soon, but if there's any music that can even remotely be called jazz and has any chance of capturing the ears of teens and twenty-somethings (the holy grail in music sales), this is it.