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by Jim Worsley
Sultry songstress Douyé takes listeners by the hand and assuredly leads them through an enchanting and intoxicating stroll amidst the rich sounds of Brazil and the percussive shimmer of Africa. This sixteen-song effort is heartfelt and glides impeccably with a mood-enhancing glow. Throughout Quatro, Douye rides the crest of instrumental ripples that touch the shoreline with finesse and tenderness. A brilliant enclave of notable and accomplished jazz musicians adds their collective talents to an array of ensembles. Their buoyancy and ...read more
by Jim Worsley
Daddy Said So, and clearly father knows best. Raised with the epic jazz renderings of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne and Etta James, Douye' harkens back to a jazz era rich with elegance and timbre. Her silky and deliciously subdued voice pulsates through a set list of choice jazz standards. With quiet intensity Douye' whispers new life into every breath and nuance. Joined by a long and impressive list of jazz musicians, Daddy Said So is instrumentally dynamic as ...read more
by Michael P. Gladstone
Singer Jacintha (Abisheganaden) was born in Singapore to Chinese/Sri Lankan parents in 1957. She eventually began recording, and established a reputation as both a singer and actor in Southeast Asia. Signing a contract with Groove Note Records in 1999, she became a more familiar musical name to North American listeners for the first time..
Jacintha Goes to Hollywood is an easy listening jazz vocal album with the studied influence of singers like Julie London and Astrud ...read more
by Woodrow Wilkins
When seeking jazz, Malaysia isn't likely to be on many people's lists of possible sources. Yet that is where vocalist Jacintha hails from. Born Jacintha Abisheganaden in 1957, to a Chinese mother who sang and Sri Lankan father who played classical guitar, Jacintha got into music at an early age. Her experiences included periods with the Singapore Youth Choir as well as leading several solo albums. To date, she has recorded thirteen albums as a lead vocalist. Jacintha ...read more
by Michael P. Gladstone
Musical suspicions are immediately raised when jazz singer Lauren White is described as a cross between Linda Ronstadt and Norah Jones. White is a twenty year-old native of Grapevine, Texas; a child prodigy singer from age four. She did, indeed, study with the same vocal coach as Jones, but the latter has little of White's smoky and seductive vocal assets as a jazz chanteuse. White performs Roy Orbison's Blue Bayou"which was one of Ronstadt's biggest hitson At Last, and even ...read more
by Budd Kopman
Anthony Wilson, the son of Gerald Wilson--and Diana Krall's guitarist for quite a while--has been gradually making a name for himself with each of his releases, of which The Power Of Nine is the sixth. Increasing his forces to a nonet, Wilson has created an album of interesting arrangements and many beautiful sounds, blending the brass and reeds expertly. The beginning of the record sounds like standard fare, starting with a straightforward mid-tempo Duke Pearson tune, Make ...read more
by Alain Londes
Anthony Wilson's young talent has earned him opportunities to play with a number of other jazz artists within different configurations. The guitarist son of legendary composer/arranger/bandleader Gerald Wilson has already played with the likes of Bennie Wallace, Larry Goldings, Joe Henry, Harold Land, Chris Botti and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. He joined Diana Krall on her Grammy-winning Live In Paris (Verve Records, 2002), and they have remained friends since. Wilson has been a member of the Jazz Studies faculty at ...read more