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While danger, intrigue and excitement are often born beneath a silvery moon, love, loss and regret seem to come first to Meeco's mind when his thoughts turn to the night. The Paris-based composer/producer gathered what can only be described as a dream team of jazz's crème de la crème to help him bring life to eight of his sensitive compositions on this, his third album.
The concept behind Meeco's music, which deals in whispering, pensive Euro-Brazilian sounds, has been fairly consistent from record to record, but the execution has gotten better with each release. While Meeco mixes and matches his world class cast members, placing each musician in the right setting, he wisely keeps some constants. Bassist Buster Williams
brings added weight to half of the songs on the album. Morelenbaum provides cello arrangements that thicken the group sound and/or shadow the vocalists without any sense of intrusiveness and Hubert Laws
is disarming with his unique, unpretentious delivery. Ze Manoel's singing blends best with Eloisia's voice, while Joe Bataan's vibrato-heavy phrase endings tend to detract from the overall mood of the music, breaking the spell that's been cast, but the large majority of the guests are welcome additions, as they give a more well-rounded picture of the possibilities that live within Meeco's music.
A second CD takes Meeco's work out of the night time air and into the night club, as Marco and Robert Meister deliver eleven remixes that are alternately suitable for the dance floor or a mellow, back room environment. The gentler, ethereal tracks, like "Luzes De Flores (Remix Short Version)" or "Amor E Encantos (Remix Short Version)," tend to uphold Meeco's vision better than some of the more insistent, rhythm-driven remixes, but part of the beauty here is in the art of discovery.
The second CD makes for a fun listen, but it's more of a bonus than a necessity. The eight performances on disc one properly frame the beauty of the night, as they come together to form a single, misty masterpiece.
Track Listing: Refrao de Amor (Chorus of Love); Gotas de Adeus (Tears of Farewell); Luzes de Flores (Lights of Flowers); Amor e Encantos (Love and Delights); Refrao de Amor (Sad Guy); No Fundo do Teu Silencio (In the Depth of Your Silence); Ombres et Lumieres (Shadows and Lights)/Nua Solidao (Bare Solitude); Beleza da Noite (Beauty of the Night).