Trilingual Annie Kozuch was raised in Mexico City and took to show business early. A subject of screen as well as song, it is a surprise that Here With You is her first disc. She sings in all her languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese) on this recording, with the Portuguese song, Jobim's "Chega De Saudade" ("No More Blues") being the pick of the bunch. "Chega De Saudade" is considered, by many, to be the first Bossa Nova composition, having been recorded by Joao Gilberto in 1958.
Guitarist Richard Padron and flautist Cecilia Tenconi make this a fully Bossa Nova experience. Breezy and sexy, Jobim's music could have only come from Southern Hemispheric climes, and Kozuch knows how to tap into the humidity. The gentle, swaying rhythm established by the band enables Kozuch to draw from the song all of the longing held in the lyrics,"Que ela regresse, porque eu não posso Mais sofrer" (..."let him come back; I can suffer no more").
Personnel: Annie Kozuch: vocals; Frank Ponzio: piano; Saadi Zain: bass; Vito
Lesczak: drums; Samuel Torres: percussion; Richard padron: guitar;
Cecilia Tenconi: flute and saxophone; Jose Gallegos: electric piano.
First time I met Lee Konitz, my mentor who completely changed my life, in 1992. He was giving a masterclass at the Cologne Conservatory (Germany) where I was a freshmen (with playing experience around three years total)
First time I met Lee Konitz, my mentor who completely changed my life, in 1992. He was giving a masterclass at the Cologne Conservatory (Germany) where I was a freshmen (with playing experience around three years total). He saw an alto sax on my neck and said: Hey, how about you there, would you like to play something for us? I played a piece with the piano. OK, said Lee, how about you play something unaccompanied? Oh yeah! I was deep into transcribing Sonny Stitt and pretty much into playing as fast as possible as many right notes as possible. So I played Oleo in about 300 beats per minute and was very proud of myself. Lee was tapping his foot all the way through. Hmm, he said, that was in time and all that... (I thought - yeah, of course, haha!) and then he said, You've got a lot of quantity, how about quality? It took me 15 years to realize what he meant.