Claudia Acu: Rhythm of Life (2002)
Acuña’s voice is strong and versatile, generating excitement and bountiful passion. In addition to her inventive way with standards ("My Romance," a fast and highly irreverent "More Than You Know"), she excels again with Spanish-language material. Violeta Parra, the author of "Gracias a la Vida" from the previous record, is again represented with "Volver a los Diecisiete," which soars, as do Milton Nascimento’s "Maria Maria" and Pedro Luis Ferrer’s "Ay Mariposa." And last but not least, Acuña weighs in with an original bossa-ballad, the beautiful "Nowhere to Go."
While the big production serves Acuña’s voice well, it’s always wonderful to hear her interact with a small band live. Her just-announced U.S. tour, which includes a week-long run at New York’s Iridium beginning April 16, will feature Lindner, Reid Anderson on bass, and Clarence Penn on drums. In all likelihood, the bandstand is where this material will really take flight.
Track Listing: 1. My Romance 2. Ay Mariposa 3. A Child Is Born 4. Nature Boy 5. I Fall in Love Too Easily 6. Volver a los Diecisiete 7. Nowhere to Go 8. Maria Maria 9. More Than You Know
Personnel: Claudia Acu
Record Label: Verve Music Group