Birds in Flight

Birds in Flight

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by Kat Parra
     
 
Over the years, Latin jazz has been dominated by instrumentalists. Think of Latin jazz' most celebrated figures, and most of the people who come to mind are instrumentalists (Dizzy Gillespie, Poncho Sanchez, Cal Tjader, and Pucho, among others). And even

Overview

Over the years, Latin jazz has been dominated by instrumentalists. Think of Latin jazz' most celebrated figures, and most of the people who come to mind are instrumentalists (Dizzy Gillespie, Poncho Sanchez, Cal Tjader, and Pucho, among others). And even though many jazz vocalists have included Latin-influenced performances on their albums, it hasn't been their primary focus. Rarely have there been jazz vocalists who considered Latin rhythms a main ingredient instead of a side dish, but an exciting exception to that rule is Kat Parra, who shows considerable promise on her first solo album, Birds in Flight. Latin rhythms are not a mere afterthought for Parra; they are an integral part of her vocal jazz vision, which is best described as pan-Latin because she doesn't embrace any one Latin rhythm exclusively on Birds in Flight. Many times, people who use the term Latin jazz mean Afro-Cuban jazz, but while Afro-Cuban music is a major influence on Birds in Flight, it is hardly the album's only Latin influence; Parra also combines jazz with everything from Brazilian samba ("These Old Feelings") to Spanish flamenco ("Alfonsina y el Mar"). Parra blends Afro-Cuban and Brazilian elements on Jorge Bem's "Mais Que Nada," and "Kuando el Rey Nimrod" finds her putting a jazz spin on a 16th century Sephardic poem. This 51-minute CD, which was produced by trombonist Wayne Wallace, is not only memorable because it is a stylistic rollercoaster; it is also memorable because Parra brings an abundance of warmth and emotion to her performances. Birds in Flight is a consistently rewarding debut from the risk-taking Parra.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2007
Label:
R.n.l.g. Llc
UPC:
0837101192590
catalogNumber:
1925

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kat Parra   Primary Artist,Vocals
Peter Barshay   Bass
Anthony Blea   Violin
Michaelle Goerlitz   Percussion
Michael Spiro   Percussion
Wayne Wallace   Trombone
John L. Worley   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Paul van Wageningen   Drums
Murray Low   Piano
Renata Bratt   Cello
Rick Vandivier   Guitar
Lila Sklar   Violin
Katja Cooper   Dumbek

Technical Credits

Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Jorge Ben   Composer
Silvio Rodríguez   Composer
Charly García   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Gary Mankin   Engineer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Wayne Wallace   Arranger,Producer
Murray Low   Arranger
Katja Cooper   Contributor
Kat Parra   Composer
Pat Parra   Composer

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Birds in Flight 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great album, perfect for entertaining on a warm summers night, you can almost feel the balmy air on tracks like Caravan, which is exquisite! Kat Parra is obviously a very accomplished singer who feels at home with ballads or up tempo numbers. Her voice is always relaxed and you feel like she's singing the songs to you for the first time. Give it a listen!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kat Parra has a great voice and a wonderful group of muscians. The songs were diverse in their style and feel. I found myself listening to the CD over and over again. If you want to put yourself in a good mood, listen to this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are some great tracks on this CD and Kat's voice is well suited to them. I really like Caravan and Mais Que Nada, both with a little African/Middle Eastern flair.