2

Rosa Ena Campos: The Moon In Me

Jerry D'Souza By

Sign in to view read count
Rosa Ena Campos: The Moon In Me Singer Rosa Ena Campos does not let musical boundaries confine her vision. She goes beyond the obvious to meld style and genres to hone her vocal and interpretive skills.

Campos's first foray into music came through learning classical clarinet. That boundary was usurped by improvisational singing into which she wove jazz, bossa nova and Indian classical music. The strands may seem disparate, but the artist in Campos brings them all together with remarkable fluidity and grace.

For her debut, Campos bookends a selection of compositions by Antonio Carlos Jobim with two of her own. "The Flamenca Weeper" sets the momentum, her voice delving into its Middle Eastern melody, spiced by a deep passion in her voice that she augments with wordless improvisations. More magical moments follow, as her words take shape, shaded by the blues; the transition is neat and captivating.

"Con-fusion" takes her into another pet territory, Indian classical music. The singer and the song carry it very well, indeed. Her intonation and accentuating of konakkol is pitch-perfect and, in tandem with scatting, she infuses a rich hue into the song.

Camposalso has her way with Jobim. Pianist Polo Orti sets "Dindi" on its way; he is the perfect cohort for the singer, as she initially moulds the tune into a ballad before breaking out and swinging. Her change of pitch and husky vocals turn out to be the signposts of freedom and structure.

"Corcovado" resonates in the sensitivity of Campos's singing, as she never lets the moment eclipse good taste, a facet that is also seen in Luismo Valladares' neat and open bass playing.

Campos is both fervent and lyrical as she explores timeless classics and brings to the fore her own skills as singer and composer. In sum, this is a distinctive debut.

Track Listing: The Flamenca Weeper; Throw It Away; Dindi; Modinha; Corcovado; How Insensitive; O Pato; Retrato em Branco e Preto; Con-fusion.

Personnel: Rosa Ena Campos: voice; Polo Ortí: piano; Luismo Valladares: bass; Javier Pérez: percussion.

Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Rec/monkey Mind Records


Shop

More Articles

Read Malnoia CD/LP/Track Review Malnoia
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 24, 2017
Read Get 'Em CD/LP/Track Review Get 'Em
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 24, 2017
Read Radioactive Landscapes EP CD/LP/Track Review Radioactive Landscapes EP
by Troy Dostert
Published: April 24, 2017
Read Wake Up Call CD/LP/Track Review Wake Up Call
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 24, 2017
Read The Many Minds of Richie Cole CD/LP/Track Review The Many Minds of Richie Cole
by Rob Rosenblum
Published: April 24, 2017
Read LifeCycle CD/LP/Track Review LifeCycle
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 23, 2017
Read "Swong" CD/LP/Track Review Swong
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 27, 2016
Read "Special Night" CD/LP/Track Review Special Night
by Jim Trageser
Published: November 25, 2016
Read "Poetry For The Beat Generation" CD/LP/Track Review Poetry For The Beat Generation
by Sacha O'Grady
Published: December 11, 2016
Read "Testimony" CD/LP/Track Review Testimony
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 26, 2017
Read "And the Rhythm Serenaders" CD/LP/Track Review And the Rhythm Serenaders
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 22, 2016
Read "The Quest: Live at the A.P.C." CD/LP/Track Review The Quest: Live at the A.P.C.
by Jim Trageser
Published: February 14, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM RECORDS | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!