Flora Purim: Speak No Evil (2002)
Festive restfulness, mature wits, shrewd phrasing intonation and taste, with absolutely no vocal bells and whistles. It’s Mrs. Flora Purim, Brazil’s gracious-sounding elder stateswoman.
Speak No Evil is Purim’s latest. Her vocals, secure and succulent, convey enough exotica brushes in her accented musical fountainheads –and sonic conduits– to extend intimacy into the listening experience. She is the vocal jewel adorning a soloist and ensemble, manifested through her discerningly attractive and designed broche-like play.
As danceable and Afro-Cuban as the group is in “This Magic”, with its flutist and percussive energetic drive and swinging montuno closing, they also perform outright Brazilian fare and some straight ahead materials. The players also ooze themselves into striking romance and sensuality in “Don’t Say A Word.” The sax soloing there has a welcoming tone and expression, framed alongside flute, piano and bass clarinet sweeteners. The performance of all musicians throughout the production, however, lives up to the reputation of Flora Purim and Airto Moreira, who is the bandleader.
Purim's contributions to the evolving interpretation of standard jazz fare in this recording deserve note. She plays at will with the material, possessed by her celebrated good taste and unassuming delivery. The original and lesser-known material rounds up the production very well. The end result is a terrific work that provides a congenial listening experience, very well recorded and mixed, smartly arranged, and produced, with lots of good musical feelings. Calm and playful, let her go to your head... She’s got herself under your skin...
Contact: Narada Jazz .
Track Listing: 1. This Magic (Booker/Grusin) 2. You Go To My Head (Coots/Gillespie) 3. Speak No Evil (Rubin/Shorter) 4. I've Got You Under My Skin (Porter) 5. Tamanco no Samba (Divo/Menezes) 6. Don't Say A Word (Cantos) 7. Primeira Estrela (Moreira/Yokokura) 8. It Ain't Necessarily So (Gershwin/Gershwin) 9. I Feel You (Cantos)10. O Sonho [Moon Dreams] (Gismonti)
Personnel: Acoustic Guitar, Arranger & Keyboards: Oscar Castro Neves. Arranger, Keyboards, Producer, Assistant Engineer: Yutaka Yokokura. Background Vocals: Diana Booker. Bass: Gary Brown, Jimmy Haslip & Trey Henry. Clarinet, Flute, Arranger, Bass Clarinet, Producer, Alto, Soprano & Tenor Sax: Gary Meek. Drums: Jimmy Branly. Keyboards: Bill Cantos (Arranger), Russell Ferrante (Arranger), Christian Jacob & Marcos Silva Lead Vocals: Flora Purim. Percussion: Michito S
Record Label: Virgin Records