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Douyé: Quatro Bossa Nova Deluxe

Read "Quatro Bossa Nova Deluxe" reviewed 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 ...

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Jacintha: Jacintha Goes to Hollywood

Read "Jacintha Goes to Hollywood" reviewed 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..

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Jacintha: Jacintha Goes to Hollywood

Read "Jacintha Goes to Hollywood" reviewed 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 ...

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Lauren White: At Last

Read "At Last" reviewed 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 ...

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Anthony Wilson: Power Of Nine

Read "Power Of Nine" reviewed 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, ...

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Anthony Wilson Nonet: Power Of Nine

Read "Power Of Nine" reviewed 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 ...

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Anthony Wilson Nonet: Power Of Nine

Read "Power Of Nine" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Anthony Wilson has been a vital member of singer Diana Krall's group over the past few years, but the guitarist has also been able to maintain his own identity as a bandleader and composer, recording five albums since 1997. These releases have met with very positive critical responses.

On his sixth and most ambitious ...

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Eden Atwood: Waves: The Bossa Nova Session

Read "Waves: The Bossa Nova Session" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Ever since the 1950's when Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, helped along by the seminal Stan Getz, Joao and Astrud Gilberto 1963 recording, Bossa Nova has been woven into the warp and woof of Latin Jazz. After making three albums with Concord Jazz, vocalist Eden Atwood has switched her allegiance to the Groove Note label and ...

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Eden Atwood: Waves: The Bossa Nova Session

Read "Waves:  The Bossa Nova Session" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Eden Atwood is a stylish young woman, an erstwhile model and television actress, a dark-haired, light-eyed beauty blessed with sultry good looks that are displayed in an array of professional model poses on the CD booklet; and if you're of a cynical frame of mind that old “style-over-substance" debate might come to mind when you pick ...

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Eden Atwood: Waves: The Bossa Nova Session

Read "Waves: The Bossa Nova Session" reviewed by Jim Santella

Her smoky alto voice, perfectly suited for the bossa nova, gives Eden Atwood a natural edge. While she’s been thoroughly trained in the vocal arts, piano and the dramatic arts, Atwood requires no props to deliver her performance. It’s quite natural. Singing of life’s pleasures, she’s at home interpreting the works of Jobim and other sterling ...