Lua Hadar with Twist: Like A Bridge (2012)
"Bridge over Troubled Water" begins with Larry De La Cruz's warm alto saxophone lines globetrotting over an easy straight-eight pulse, leading to Hadar's entrance. Hadar has a warm voice and likes to end her phrases with a fair amount of vibrato, giving each cut a classic sound. Pianist and musical director Jason Martineau does a great job of creating a solid fabric of jazz-themed, cosmopolitan world music throughout the release, complementing Hadar's voice and linguistics; musically his arrangements are the bridge to a cohesive listening experience.
An interesting funk version of "San Francisco," with Hadar singing in French, is a nice romantic twist to this classic, well-known melody. Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Imagina," is a conveyed as a waltz sung in Portuguese, its wide vocal range usually covered with a male-female duet. Here, however Lua's duet is with renowned cellist Emil Miland, further taking this delightful release to a place of musical twist. Hadar's vocal style on this selection is slightly more operatic, with a faster vibrato, but she navigates the wide-ranging melody with confidence.
All in all, Like a Bridge is appositely titled-a bridge of musical delight that makes a truly global journey, introducing sounds from across the beautiful palette of diversity.
Track Listing: Bridge Over Troubled Water; Beyond the Sea/La Mer (French); Raha Mbola Misy (Malagasy);San Francisco (French); Child of Man;Imagina (Portuguese); Sukiyaki/Ue o Muite Aruko (Japanese); jalá Que Llueva Café (Spanish); Isfahan (Instrumental); Stregata dall’Amor/Ravel’s Bolero (Italian).
Personnel: Lua Hadar: vocals; Jason Martineau: piano, musical director; Dan Feiszli: acoustic and electric bass; Celso Alberti: drums; Ian Dogole: udu, cajon, dumbek, shakers; Larry De La Cruz: reeds; Fumiko Ozawa: koto; Emil Miland: cello; Dave Miotke: accordion.
Record Label: Bellalua Records