208

Molly Greacen: The Sweet Life: Brazilian Jazz

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Molly Greacen: The Sweet Life: Brazilian Jazz With a happy session that remains harmonically light and rhythmically pure, Molly Greacen explores Brazilian jazz from a melodic viewpoint. She sings in English and Portguese, interpreting songs by Jobim, Ivan Lins, Caetano Veloso and Eliane Elias delicately and with loving care. It's all about feeling. From her songs, you get an uplifting feeling that sweeps you away for a brief respite. Her melodies flow around the room like currents of a warm tropical breeze.

Based in Boulder, Colorado, Greacen adheres to the theory that music has healing powers. If applied liberally in substantial doses, her music can lift your spirits. The rest, I suppose, is up to you. The session is loaded with sufficient energy. The romance is simply a bonus. Pop songs, smooth bossa novas and gentle sambas can do wonders for the soul.

Greacen sings Girl from Ipanema, which features lyrics in both languages, coolly in the song's original mood. "How Insensitive reaches inside for more from the heart. With this one, the singer shares the heartbreak that lives on in song. Ana Caram's "Amor is delivered passionately in Portuguese with feelings that run deep. "Love Dance strolls lazily with lyrics in English that provide the sparks for a romantic evening, while "Vagabond Heart drives forcefully with lyrics in Portuguese that tell the story of love's adventure.

Greacen's sampling of the Brazilian sweet life features a superb jazz accompaniment that helps her to make a convincing statement. Romantic ballads form the basis of her argument, and she proves beyond a reasonable doubt that music has powers to heal both the mind and the body.


Track Listing: Kissed by Nature; Apareceu; Illuminados; Dance is Over; Amor; Vagabond Heart; So Crazy for This Love; Love Dance; Girl from Ipanema; How Insensitive.

Personnel: Molly Greacen: vocals; Paul Cotugno: piano; Matthew Spencer: bass; Kem Stralka: drums, percussion; Ken Aikin: trumpet, flugelhorn.

Title: The Sweet Life: Brazilian Jazz | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Self Produced


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends CD/LP/Track Review Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Heaven On Their Minds CD/LP/Track Review Heaven On Their Minds
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Unnatural  Events CD/LP/Track Review Unnatural Events
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Rediscovered Ellington CD/LP/Track Review Rediscovered Ellington
by James Nadal
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Clean CD/LP/Track Review Clean
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 15, 2017
Read Expedition: Duo Electro-Acoustic Improvisations CD/LP/Track Review Expedition: Duo Electro-Acoustic Improvisations
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 15, 2017
Read "Live From Jazz at the Bistro" CD/LP/Track Review Live From Jazz at the Bistro
by Geannine Reid
Published: May 15, 2017
Read "Live At Vilnius Jazz Festival" CD/LP/Track Review Live At Vilnius Jazz Festival
by John Sharpe
Published: January 22, 2017
Read "Etchings in Amber" CD/LP/Track Review Etchings in Amber
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: September 1, 2016
Read "Daylight Ghosts" CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Troy Dostert
Published: February 5, 2017
Read "Atticus Live!" CD/LP/Track Review Atticus Live!
by Jack Bowers
Published: December 2, 2016
Read "America's National Parks" CD/LP/Track Review America's National Parks
by John Sharpe
Published: November 11, 2016

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.