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Kevyn Lettau: Bye Bye Blackbird

Read "Bye Bye Blackbird" reviewed by Stephen Latessa


Bye Bye Blackbird is the first all-standards album by singer/songwriter Kevyn Lettau. Born in Germany but immigrating to the United States when she was fourteen, Lettau has an appealing surpassingly clear voice. The eleven performances on the disc were arranged by Dori Caymmi and often feature subtle Brazilian flavors that help give a sprightly feel to the album.

Those Brazilian influences pop up on a smooth take of “I Concentrate On You that features some tasteful, unobtrusive work ...

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Album Review

Kevyn Lettau: Bye Bye Blackbird

Read "Bye Bye Blackbird" reviewed by Jim Santella


With strings and the gentle acoustic guitar of Dori Caymmi, singer Kevyn Lettau interprets favorite songs for a standards album that's been a long time coming. She first recorded with Caymmi in 1988, before her eight-year stint with Sergio Mendes took her on a whirlwind adventure that colored her life's work with a Brazilian tinge.

Possessing a smooth soprano voice that lends itself to romantic interpretation, Lettau gives her audience an armful of class. Songs by Duke Ellington, ...

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Kevyn Lettau: Simple Life

Read "Simple Life" reviewed by William Grim


Kevyn Lettau is one of the most versatile singers around and this album shows off her many talents to great benefit. Although best known as a mainstay of “smooth jazz” radio station rotations, Lettau possesses solid jazz chops and is a gifted Anglo interpreter of Brazilian music.

Indeed, the Brazilian-influenced tunes on this album are the most inspired cuts. The samba arrangement of “Forever Lovers and Friends” is one of the best recorded versions of that song currently ...


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