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A straight-ahead session with quiet overtones can provide just what you need after a hard day’s work. John Patitucci enlists the support of vocalist Luciana Souza to make this album fill that want. His superb trio works with several guests to make things perfectly clear.
A melody should be pretty. It should be carried out with simple charm. And yet, the artists have a need to express with individuality. Patitucci accomplishes this through heartfelt interpretation. The selection of songs for this album ensures that the artists can feel what they’re doing. Each somber tale provides room for individual expression. Both vocalists shine brightly. They appear together for Gustav Holst’s “In the Bleak Midwinter,” which captures the essence of that time of the year when trees have no flowers or leaves, and the ground is barren.
Patitucci and Brian Blade perform John Coltrane’s “Wise One” as a duo. The double bassist’s melodic charm is irresistible. As a solo voice, his bass has few peers.
The leader and his team have pieced together a quiet, mainstream program that leans woefully on the sad side. “Rhapsodic Journey,” for example, takes you on a tour of tired legs and aching feet that are forced to work under duress. All that’s missing is the bullwhip.
Interpreting art can be a challenge. The important part is honesty. At that, Patitucci’s album excels, since he’s decided to portray this latest album with heavyhearted melancholy. The genuine tales he has to tell here contain just that.
Track Listing: Tall Tale; Chovendo Na Roseira; I Will Arise; Lei; In the Bleak Midwinter; Three
Faces; Now the River; Soulmate; Rhapsodic Journey; It Never Entered My Mind;
Love Eternal; Wise One.
Personnel: John Patitucci: acoustic bass, 6-string electric bass; Brian Blade: drums,
percussion; Ed Simon: piano; Luciana Souza; vocals; John Thomas: vocals; Elizabeth
Lim-Dutton: violin; Richard Rood: violin; Lawrence Dutton: viola; Sachi Patitucci: cello; Tim Ries" flute, alto flute; Tom Patitucci: nylon string guitar.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com