Kerry Linder: Sail Away with Me (2004)
The title track is a self-penned lament for the victims of the September 11 attacks. It evokes the overwhelming grief of that event and encourages optimism without slipping into the easy trap of sentimentalism that afflicts so much of the same. Assisted by rousing solos from trombonist Clark Gayton and saxophonist Anat Cohen, she tackles Baden Powell’s “Deixa” with verve, drifting between English and Portuguese. Horace Silver’s “Song for My Father” is rewarded with a warm, exotic rendition. The Paul Simon lullaby “St. Judy’s Comet” is cast in a folksier, world music light, complete with accordion. A swaying, samba-fied “As Time Goes by” closes the disc—just in case you have any lingering reservations about playing it again.
Sail Away with Me has as much to offer the casual listener as it does the discerning ear. It should go on to introduce Linder to an audience far beyond the New York Brazilian jazz scene, maybe even earning her that blessing and curse of mainstream radio play. If only she retains the good sense to tell the Big Five where to go when they come calling, promising riches and fame in exchange for a major label deal. After Blue Toucan has given these artists such an auspicious start—not to mention one for itself in return—it’s safe to say that the label won't be keen to see them leave anytime soon.
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Track Listing: 1. Sail Away with Me (3:32); 2. Adeus Batucada (5:04); 3. Deixa (3:44); 4. Language and Love (4:07); 5. St. Judy's Comet (4:25); 6. Song for My Father (4:20); 7. Inquetacao (5:32); 8. That
Personnel: Kerry Linder: vocals; Paulo Andr