Quick and to the Point: Unyielding Purim’s flowering...
Festive restfulness, mature wits, shrewd phrasing intonation and taste, with absolutely no vocal bells and whistles. It’s Mrs. Flora Purim, Brazil’s gracious-sounding elder stateswoman.
Speak No Evil is Purim’s latest. Her vocals, secure and succulent, convey enough exotica brushes in her accented musical fountainheads –and sonic conduits– to extend intimacy into the listening experience. She is the vocal jewel adorning a soloist and ensemble, manifested through her discerningly attractive and designed broche-like play.
As danceable and Afro-Cuban as the group is in “This Magic”, with its flutist and percussive energetic drive and swinging montuno closing, they also perform outright Brazilian fare and some straight ahead materials. The players also ooze themselves into striking romance and sensuality in “Don’t Say A Word.” The sax soloing there has a welcoming tone and expression, framed alongside flute, piano and bass clarinet sweeteners. The performance of all musicians throughout the production, however, lives up to the reputation of Flora Purim and Airto Moreira, who is the bandleader.
Purim's contributions to the evolving interpretation of standard jazz fare in this recording deserve note. She plays at will with the material, possessed by her celebrated good taste and unassuming delivery. The original and lesser-known material rounds up the production very well. The end result is a terrific work that provides a congenial listening experience, very well recorded and mixed, smartly arranged, and produced, with lots of good musical feelings. Calm and playful, let her go to your head... She’s got herself under your skin...
Track Listing: 1. This Magic (Booker/Grusin) 2. You Go To My Head (Coots/Gillespie) 3. Speak No
Evil (Rubin/Shorter) 4. I've Got You Under My Skin (Porter) 5. Tamanco no Samba
(Divo/Menezes) 6. Don't Say A Word (Cantos) 7. Primeira Estrela
(Moreira/Yokokura) 8. It Ain't Necessarily So (Gershwin/Gershwin) 9. I Feel You
(Cantos)10. O Sonho [Moon Dreams] (Gismonti)
Personnel: Acoustic Guitar, Arranger & Keyboards: Oscar Castro Neves. Arranger,
Keyboards, Producer, Assistant Engineer: Yutaka Yokokura. Background
Vocals: Diana Booker. Bass: Gary Brown, Jimmy Haslip & Trey Henry.
Clarinet, Flute, Arranger, Bass Clarinet, Producer, Alto, Soprano & Tenor
Sax: Gary Meek. Drums: Jimmy Branly. Keyboards: Bill
Cantos (Arranger), Russell Ferrante (Arranger), Christian Jacob & Marcos Silva
Lead Vocals: Flora Purim. Percussion: Michito S
I was first exposed to jazz circa 1973, when I met a fellow who ran Kappy's Record Store over near 10th Ave., on 42nd St. in NYC. We really clicked and when I told him I played piano and went to Music & Art HS, and had just started at City College of NY as a music major, he asked if I liked jazz...I said yes but I didn't know much about it, but that I did have sheet music for many popular 1920's through 1940's tunes by noted composers (Porter; Gershwins; Irving Berlin; Rodgers & Hammerstein/Hart; Jerome Kern; Lerner & Loewe; etc.) that my mother had sung beautifully starting in the 1940's including tons of famous show tunes, and I played many of those songs already
I was first exposed to jazz circa 1973, when I met a fellow who ran Kappy's Record Store over near 10th Ave., on 42nd St. in NYC. We really clicked and when I told him I played piano and went to Music & Art HS, and had just started at City College of NY as a music major, he asked if I liked jazz...I said yes but I didn't know much about it, but that I did have sheet music for many popular 1920's through 1940's tunes by noted composers (Porter; Gershwins; Irving Berlin; Rodgers & Hammerstein/Hart; Jerome Kern; Lerner & Loewe; etc.) that my mother had sung beautifully starting in the 1940's including tons of famous show tunes, and I played many of those songs already. SOOOO... he started me off LP's by Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Bud Powell, Errol Garner, Bill Evans, Monty Alexander, Charlie Byrd, and Dave Brubeck... does it get any better than that? ...No, it doesn't. I was hooked!!
I met and had a master class with the late music giant John Lewis, leader of the Modern Jazz Quartet! This was at CCNY in 1977. I was blessed! It was an incredible class... how could it have been anything else?!?!
The first jazz record I bought was...I bought numerous records from my friend at the record store, as mentioned above. He introduced me to nothing but music giants/legends! I think The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Greatest Hits, was actually the first one.
My advice to new listeners... study first--understand the rudiments--solfeggio, keys, scales, and basic chords. Read a book or take a class that includes the study of chord progressions, especially in jazz. It should ideally be a piano class so you can play multiple notes together. Have a good EAR or else it's not really worth it in my view...to become a musician, a good EAR for music is about as fundamental as breathing! Learn to read chord charts--i.e., lead sheets - wherein you play various voicings of the chords--major, minor, dominant 7th (alterations of these, you can learn over time - the basic chords are most important for starters), plus the melody, on the piano or keyboard. If you have to read the exact notes, then it's not the same as actually internalizing it & getting it all into your head. If you can do this, I think you're ready not only for listening to jazz, but understanding many concepts of it! Of course...anyone can listen to jazz... but I think it's so good to also have a grasp of it.