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Havana Angels
     

Havana Angels

by Florence K
 
Completing her Cuban trilogy following 2006's Bossa Blue and 2008's La Historia de Lola, Havana Angels sees Quebec jazz-pop chanteuse Florence K transform her favorite holiday songs into Latino, dancefloor-ready numbers suitable for any time of the year, alongside several attempts to produce some of her own future seasonal classics. Recorded in

Overview

Completing her Cuban trilogy following 2006's Bossa Blue and 2008's La Historia de Lola, Havana Angels sees Quebec jazz-pop chanteuse Florence K transform her favorite holiday songs into Latino, dancefloor-ready numbers suitable for any time of the year, alongside several attempts to produce some of her own future seasonal classics. Recorded in the Cuban capital with producer Osvaldo Montes, the Canadian tackles vintage festive staples with aplomb, providing a Bacharach-esque lounge pop feel to Elvis' classic "Blue Christmas" with its elegant sweeping strings and flamenco guitar licks, turning Eartha Kitt's "Santa Baby," and the Meet Me in St Louis standard "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" into toe-tapping samba anthems, and adding a subtle bossa-nova vibe to Bing Crosby favorite "I'll Be Home for Christmas." But it's away from the yuletide staples where her sophisticated timeless vocals and impressive musicianship shine, such as her faithful cover version of traditional Appalachian spiritual "Down to the River to Pray," made even more powerful by the guest vocals from Afro-Cuban ensemble Sintesis, and her poignant duet with her mother, soprano Natalie Choquette, on a gentle rendition of Ariel Ramirez's "La Peregrinacion." The self-penned compositions understandably feel second-rate when compared to such well-regarded material, but the gently strummed folk collaboration with guitarist Jesse Cook, "Havana Light," the longing piano-led torch song "I Hear the Bells" and the seductive brass-fused rhumba of opening track "Little Angels" all suggest Florence is capable of matching them in the future. With such a broad range of songs, Havana Angels sometimes strays from its original concept, but pedantics aside, it's a pleasant and charming final installment which doesn't need the excuse of a holiday to be enjoyed.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/02/2010
Label:
Select Canada
UPC:
0064027242324
catalogNumber:
2724232

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Florence K   Primary Artist,Piano,Hammond B3
Philippe Dunnigan   Strings
Osvaldo Montes   Guitar
Juan Manuel Ceruto   Flute,Musical Direction
Andrea Hopkins   Voices
Tomas Ramos   Percussion
Walter Ríos   Bandoneon
Didier Dumoutier   Accordion
Ligia Paquin   Strings
Carla Antoun   Strings
Francisco Pancho Amat   Tres
Chantal Bergeron   Strings
Kristina Campbell   Voices
Thommy Lowry   Trumpet
Angel Gaston Joya Perellada   Upright Bass
Giovany Arteaga   Saxophone
Edouardo J. Sandoval Ferrer   Trombone
Garcia Rojas   Trumpet
Pipo Perabo   Shaker
Michael Olivera Garcia   Drums
Leider Candebat Chappotin   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Buck Ram   Composer
Ariel Ramírez   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Jimmy Tanaka   String Arrangements
Toby Gendron   Engineer
Philip Springer   Composer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Osvaldo Montes   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Juan Manuel Ceruto   Horn Arrangements
Tony Springer   Composer
Florence K   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Popi Spatocco   String Arrangements
Jay W. Johnson   Composer
J. Javits   Composer
K. Campbell   Composer
Billy Hayes   Composer
Felix César Luna   Composer

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