Yes it is another recording by a female singer- songwriter but waitsomething a little different is going on here. Christine Capdeville, born in France but now a fifteen-year resident of New York City, skillfully blends usual elements and emerges with something more. She has a rich, distinctive voice and a quirky, original approach to lyrics that make her seem to suggest somehow that she is both naïve love-child and experienced adult woman.
Vision of Love is a romantic's journey and thus it both reflects imagined longings and very real responses to the world. Capdeville is a composer of some skill with ears and heart open to many textures. The title track, for example, is a hypnotic reflection on someone who was important to the artist and it's a kind of Brazilian-sounding dance of deep feeling. The tune pulses along thanks to the solid electric bass of Sergio Brandao and the sensitive drumming of Ernesto Simpson. Capdeville's voice sometimes feels part of the ensemble and, when necessary, sails above it.
The singer chooses one of the true gems of Jobim when she takes on "Chega de Saudade. It's a spirited performance, buoyed by the perky rhythm section and Capdeville's lovely reading of the Portuguese and wordless, scat-like solo.
Most of the tunes here were arranged by pianist Edsel Gomez and his work nicely balances the instrumental playing, the twists of the compositions and, of course, the timbre of the leader's voice. Brian Lynch's trumpet is smartly used herenotable is his muted work on "Change in Your Heart.
On the final tune, "These Foolish Things, each player's contribution is vital with a strong statement of the melody, a beautiful piano solo by Gomez and delicate rhythmic underpinning. It's a performance of conviction that perfectly sums up the album's spirit.
Track Listing: Vision of Love; You've Lost a Friend: Craving Your Love; Providencia; Reverie; So Close; Chega de Saudade; Change in Your Heart; These Foolish Things.
Personnel: Christine Capdeville: vocals; Edsel Gomez: piano; Sergio Brandao: electric bass (1, 4, 6, 7), electric stand-up bass (5, 8); Howard Britz: double-bass (2, 3, 8); Brian Lynch: trumpet, flugelhorn (2, 4, 7); Ernesto Simpson: drums and guiro; Mestro Carneiro: percussion (1, 4, 6-8); Aryam Vazquez: congas (2).
Year Released: 2007
| Record Label: La Cigala Records
| Style: Vocal
I was first exposed to jazz when I was tiny. My earliest memory is watching Ella Fitzgerald scat on a Christmas special when I was no older than four. Like many who are from tiny towns, my first extended exposure was listening to the high school jazz band when I was a kid
I was first exposed to jazz when I was tiny. My earliest memory is watching Ella Fitzgerald scat on a Christmas special when I was no older than four. Like many who are from tiny towns, my first extended exposure was listening to the high school jazz band when I was a kid. For some reason I remember an arrangement of Hey Jude they did. My first real exposure was Stan Kenton in the Smithville, MO high school gym. Kenton and the band director there were old friends, so he would play there from time to time. My dad took me without telling me where we were going and it was the only show he ever took me to. I remember that Bobby Shew played Send In Clowns and I damn near levitated I was so excited. The huge sound and amazing chords floored me. I believe I was 13 at the time. I immediately started practicing and taking lessons. Music became a passion and nearly a career. I also listened to Dick Wright's Jazz Show on KANU every night. I can't even start to explain what I learned lying in bed listening to Dick talk about jazz. I met him once when I was struggling to put together a solo for Joy Spring playing in a combo at KU. Stopped by his office and asked for recommendations. He showed up at my jazz ensemble rehearsal the next day with a tape with example solos. What a kind man Dick Wright was.
My advice to new listeners is to stop worrying about what music is important and focus on music you like. I spent quite a bit of my music life listening to important music I didn't necessarily like. Must say I have quite a bit more fun now listening to music that I deeply enjoy. Some of it is even important.
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