Sue Maskaleris: Unbreakable Heart
Now for the good news and there's lots of that. Maskaleris is extraordinarily talented, just bursting with it. There is much fun and intriguing music on this album played by extraordinary performers in addition Maskaleris. The back and forth between her and hip icon Mark Murphy on "Scat!" alone is worth the price of admission. On "The Love Within" the singer opens with just guitar in support and things stay relatively simple throughout the tune allowing one to appreciate the appealing sonority of the Maskaleris voice. "I Can't Cry over You Anymore" has a Motown feel and swings. "Younger Dreams" with quirky rhythmic patterns turns into a wild musical free for all filled with eerie ear catching melodies pushed along by Maskaleris, Doc Halliday, Eddie Gomez and Lenny White. It leaves one breathless.
I look forward to her next album where perhaps a bit more control can be exercised. Sometimes less is better. Till then, there's much to rejoice over in Unbreakable Heart. Visit Sue at her Internet home www.suemask.com.
Track Listing: Pajamasamba; Scat!; Unbreakable Heart; Child of Three; Mischief Night; The Love Within; I Can't Cry over You Anymore; A Love Sublime; Medley: Delgado/Sonhos Reciclados; No, But I Wish...; Younger Dreams; Never to Learn (Nunca Aprender); The Love Within (Reprise)
Personnel: Sue Maskaleris - Vocals/Keyboards/Piano/Violin/ Synthesizer/Whistle/Recorder/ Percussion/Arranger; Paul Meyers, Courtney Sappington - Guitar; David Sacks, Andrew Lippman - Trombone; Gregory Jones - Bass; Vanderlei Pereira - Drums/Percussion; Waltinho Anastacio - Percussion; Mark Murphy - Vocals*; Darmon Meader - Soprano, Alto & Tenor Saxophone/Vocals/Flute; Eddie Gomez, Rog
Record Label: Jazilian Records