Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

244

Havana Carbo: Phantoms of Love

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
On "Tarde Triste," the opening track of Phantoms of Love, the Cuban-American vocalist sounds as relaxed, genuine, and comfortable in her own skin as can be. The singer's search for beauty and tranquility is worn on her sleeve, as it was on her Luna De Varadero (CAP, 2004). This set is crafted to perfection with spare and gentle arrangements, augmented by understated string productions that add to the lilting and reflective quality of this, Carbo's fifth recording.

"Poinciana" flows smoothly, with Oriente Lopez's flute intertwined with Carbo's flawlessly cool delivery, crafting an atmosphere that makes this standard feel like an intimate conversation between singer and listener. "Que Reste-T-Il De Nos Amours" features an arrangement with a bit of bounce behind Carbo's honey-smooth, heartfelt delivery.

Carbo tells stories with an acceptance of life's joys and tragedies. "Adios Felicidad," gorgeously arranged, features Carbo at her most intimate, with a hushed and conversational delivery. These are her songs; she makes them so. Oriente Lopez, on piano here, adds a brief and wistful keyboard solo, hinting at hope in an otherwise melancholy tune.

Phantoms of Love is a set of remarkable cohesion and beauty. With Carbo's deft song choices—and forthright Spanish, English and Portugese vocals that sound wise, mature, and accepting of life's vagaries—and her always lovely and uncluttered arrangements, the singer has come up with a winning effort. A gorgeous, late-night, lights out listening experience.

Track Listing: Tarde Triste; The Shining Sea; Poinciana; Tres Palabras; Possesso; Canto Triste; Que Reste-t-il de nos Amours; Retrato em Branco e Presto; La Valse des Lilas; Adios Felicidad; Llanto de Luna, Nosotros; Maybe September; Epilogue.

Personnel: Havana Carbo: voice; Dario Eskenazi: piano, keys (1-3, 5-7, 9, 12); Leo Traversa: electric bass (1 ,3, 6, 7,); Oriente Lopez: flute (1, 3, 6, 9), piano (4, 5, 10, 11, 13); Vince Cherico: drums; Sean Smith: acoustic bass (2, 4, 9, 10); Jack Pezanelli: guitar (3); Oscar Feldman: alto saxophone (4, 5), tenor saxophone (12); Lino Fernandez: bongo, congas (4, 10): Pablo Aslan: acoustic bass (5); Helio Albes: piano (8); Nilson Matta : acoustic bass (8, 11); Gabriel Machado: Bongo, congas (11).

Title: Phantoms of Love | Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: MODL

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read Fred Hersch Trio '97 @ The Village Vanguard CD/LP/Track Review
Fred Hersch Trio '97 @ The Village Vanguard
by Doug Collette
Published: December 13, 2018
Read An Ayler Xmas Volume 2 CD/LP/Track Review
An Ayler Xmas Volume 2
by Mark Corroto
Published: December 13, 2018
Read The Forest from Above CD/LP/Track Review
The Forest from Above
by John Eyles
Published: December 13, 2018
Read Imaginary Band CD/LP/Track Review
Imaginary Band
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 13, 2018
Read Night CD/LP/Track Review
Night
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: December 13, 2018
Read I Always Knew CD/LP/Track Review
I Always Knew
by Paul Rauch
Published: December 12, 2018
Read "Blood" CD/LP/Track Review Blood
by Glenn Astarita
Published: September 26, 2018
Read "Peter and the Wolf" CD/LP/Track Review Peter and the Wolf
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 8, 2018
Read "Nu-Jive Perspective" CD/LP/Track Review Nu-Jive Perspective
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: August 7, 2018
Read "Music For David Mossman / Live At Vortex London" CD/LP/Track Review Music For David Mossman / Live At Vortex London
by Mark Corroto
Published: March 7, 2018
Read "Cubist" CD/LP/Track Review Cubist
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 3, 2018
Read "Jazzamenco" CD/LP/Track Review Jazzamenco
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 13, 2018