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Ivan Lins: My Heart Speaks

Read "My Heart Speaks" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Brazilian singer and composer Ivan Lins has recorded about fifty albums since 1970 but has not recorded one in over ten years. Now, this multiple Latin Grammy-Award winner remerges with the superb and inviting My Heart Speaks, perhaps the most impressive and lush recording of his long, distinguished career. An important feature here is the extraordinary collaboration with the 91-piece Tblisi Symphony Orchestra, the most popular orchestra from the Republic of Georgia in Eastern Europe, under the direction of Maestro ...

Album Review

Ivan Lins: My Heart Speaks

Read "My Heart Speaks" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Ivan Lins is a Brazilian music legend and multiple Latin Grammy Award winner who has consistently delivered a unique blend of bossa nova, jazz and pop throughout his career. In this first release in over ten years, entitled My Heart Speaks, Lins performs rare gems from his catalogue backed by the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra along with guest appearances from vocalists Dianne Reeves, Jane Monheit and newcomer Tawanda, as well as trumpeter Randy Brecker. The eleven songs ...

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Ivan Lins: My Heart Speaks

Read "My Heart Speaks" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright

My Heart Speaks opens with “Renata Maria," the song of a ravishing woman who emerges from the sea then disappears, leaving her would-be lover to yearn eternally. Ivan Lins composed the piece in 2004 with Chico Buarque in mind (punningly calling it a “Buarquiana brasileira"). Buarque invented the narrative later, presenting his lyric to Lins as a gift, upon the birth of his first grandchild. Kuno Schmid's score sets the scene. Warm orchestral waves wash over Lins' impassioned ...

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Vince Mendoza/Metropole Orkest: Olympians

Read "Olympians" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Eight-time Grammy-winning composer/arranger Vince Mendoza, born and raised in Norwalk, CT, has enjoyed great success overseas--in Europe, to be more precise--since releasing an album with Germany's WDR Big Band in 1994. The following year, Mendoza began collaborating with the Dutch Metropole Orkest and in 1998 was named its principal guest conductor. Olympians is Mendoza's third recording with the massive, string-laden Metropole. He has recorded other albums with the London and Czech Symphony Orchestras. Here in the U.S., ...

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Vince Mendoza Metropole Orkest: Olympians

Read "Olympians" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

Many years ago Dizzy Gillespie recorded an album called The New Continent (Limelight, 1965). Whether it was commercially successful is hard to say, but it featured an all-star cast of Los Angeles session players. The recording made a deep impression on some listeners because it was creative, dynamic, exotic and simply enjoyable. Good compositions (by Lalo Schifrin), arrangements and musicians will do that, even if the result is a bit different than mainstream jazz. Or mainstream Gillespie. ...

In Pictures

Umbria Jazz Winter 2022, Part 1

Read "Umbria Jazz Winter 2022, Part 1" reviewed by Roberto Cifarelli

Live Review

Dianne Reeves at The Rose Theater

Read "Dianne Reeves at The Rose Theater" reviewed by Akinfe Fatou

Dianne Reeves Frederick P. Rose Hall New York, NY February 16, 2019 Dianne Reeves delivered a gracefully enchanting and heartfelt Valentine's Day weekend performance at The Rose Theater in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall. In its eighth year, JALC is still the most romantic venue for elite Jazz and unrivaled artistry. Reeves' grand entrance was eloquent and sophisticated as the band played softly amid her arrival. She held the microphone in her ...


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