Havana Carbo: Luna De Varadero (2004)
"I Fall in Love Too Easily" (Styne/Kahn) captures perfectly the mood of Carbo's art: wistful, yearning, lonely and maybe a bit world weary, with a tinge of optimism in spite of lost love. The accompaniment is superb: a piano trio with Dario Eskenazi at the keys. His crisp yet gentle and ringingly percussive style nicely compliments Carbo's smooth flow of syllables and sometimes hushed delivery.
Atres da Porta" is the story of a scorned woman, done with heartbreaking eloquence by the vocalist, while "In the Wee Small Hours" encapsulates the introspective late night feel of the entire set. "Paris," written by Carbo for a city she lovesand missestakes things into a upbeat, slightly jaunty feel; and the title tune, for a place remembereda beach from Carbo's childhood in Cubais an understated and unabashedly beautiful tune, featuring the gentle sting of bongos.
A lovely set of songs.
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Track Listing: Acercate Mas, No Me Platiques Mas, Moon and Sand, I Fall In Love Too Easily, Aquellas Pequenas Casas, Luna De Varadero, Atras da Porta, Contigo en la Distancia, I wish i Knew, In the Wee Small Hours, The wind, Bonita, Paris, No Dejes Que Te Olvide
Personnel: Havana Carbo--voice; Dario Eskenazi--piano; Nilson matta--bass; Vince Cherico--drums
Record Label: CAP