Eclectic, exciting, and aesthetically coherent, the recording shows the many faces of Koutsovitis' influences. The opening track "Ojalá, (a song by Cuban Nueva trova icon Silvio Rodriguez), features an arrangement with a Peruvian festejo rhythm. Other rhythms include "Gatito e la penas (gato), and "Alma del pueblo (chacarera) in duo with bassist Jorge Roeder, and "La Nostalgiosa, which has a strong Argentinean feel. "Gris, "Danca da Solidao, "You Don't Know What Love Is, and "El Silbador feature Koutsovitis as a more straight ahead singer, with the swing incorporating ethnic rhythms.
"Silence 1, "Silence 2, and "El Sucida (based on the words by Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges) are more jazz oriented tracks featuring Koutsovitis as a more adventurous composer and singer playing with dissonances, rhythm changes, and her voice as an additional instrument of the ensemble.
Ojalá exemplifies the recent trends in Latin Jazz and Latin American music in general, and proves why Sofia Koutsovitis is one of the most versatile and in-demand singers in the New York music scene.
Track Listing: Ojala; Gatito e las Penas; Gris; Danca da Solidao; Silence 1; Silence 2; La Nostalgiosa; Alma del Pueblo; El Suicida; You Don't Know What Love Is; El Silbador.
Personnel: Sofia Koutsovitis: vocals, arranger; Jason Palmer: trumper; Adam Schneit: alto saxophone, clarinet; Daniel Blake: tenor,soprano saxophone; Leo Genovese: piano; Jorge Roeder: bass; Richie Barshay: drums; Jorge Perez Albela: percussion; guests: Jamey Haddad: percussion; Reynaldo de Jesus: percussion; Felipe Salles: soprano saxophone.
Record Label: Self Produced
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