Imagina: Songs of Brasil

Imagina: Songs of Brasil

by Karrin Allyson
     
 

A jazz vocalist's vocalist, Karrin Allyson turns her considerable talents to the deep well of song that hails from Brazil. Imagina, recorded in Portuguese and English, features lesser known treasures from composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Edu Lobo and Rosa Passos, some with new English lyrics by Chris Caswell, Susannah McCorkle, andSee more details below

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A jazz vocalist's vocalist, Karrin Allyson turns her considerable talents to the deep well of song that hails from Brazil. Imagina, recorded in Portuguese and English, features lesser known treasures from composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Edu Lobo and Rosa Passos, some with new English lyrics by Chris Caswell, Susannah McCorkle, and others. In addition to her rhythm team of bassist David Finck and drummer Todd Strait, Imagina features Allyson's longtime guitarist Rod Freeman and guest appearances by vibraphone/marimba player Steve Nelson and keyboard and accordion player Gil Goldstein. Allyson has garnered two Grammy Award nominations since her debut in 1992.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Karrin Allyson has sung Brazilian tunes before, notably on 1999's From Paris to Rio, but this time she's dedicated an entire album to the swaying rhythms of bossa nova and samba, and she's never sounded lovelier. Allyson has always been a gifted interpreter, and while her material in the past has drawn from any number of sources, her prime focus here is on the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim. While choosing oft-covered tunes like "Desafinado" and "A Felicidade" may not be the riskiest thing Allyson could have done, nor the most original, she is so clearly in love with these compositions that she's easily forgiven for adding her name to the list of artists who have lent their voices to them. Allyson's vocal instrument is somewhat coarser and more world-weary than the majority of singers who gravitate toward Jobim's material, and here she favors stripped-down arrangements that accentuate the vulnerabilities and lived-in qualities of that voice. It works to great effect, as on "Double Rainbow," a ballad that begins sparsely, Allyson singing in Portuguese before switching over to English, a tactic she employs throughout much of the record. Accompanying herself on piano, Allyson phrases Gene Lees' Tin Pan Alley-esque lyrics, a meditation on the wonders of nature, carefully and thoughtfully, before handing the tune over to bassist David Finck, who turns in a solo that's creative but not showy. Not all of the songs here come courtesy of Jobim, and Allyson does equal justice to the moody "Pra Dizer Adeus" (Time to Say Goodbye), co-penned by Edú Lobo, Torquato Neto, and Chris Caswell, and the closing "É Com Esse Que Eu Vou," by Pedro Caetano, which pushes the beat somewhat harder than the more ballad-oriented music that populates most of the record. But in the end it's those Jobim songs that stick: Steve Nelson's vibes and marimba work lends a sensuality to "O Morro Não Tem Vez (Favela)," by Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes, and Gil Goldstein's accordion injects a bit of France into the Brazilian mood on the title track. Through it all, Karrin Allyson reminds listeners why she has consistently received praise over the years for her inherent ability to make any song her own.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2008
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0888072304284
catalogNumber:
30428
Rank:
66618

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Karrin Allyson   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Gil Goldstein   Piano,Accordion
Steve Nelson   Marimbas,Vibes
David Finck   Acoustic Bass
Rod Fleeman   Acoustic Guitar
Michael Spiro   Conga,Pandeiro,Surdo,Cuica,Shaker,Guiro,Tamborim
Todd Strait   Drums

Technical Credits

Chico Buarque   Composer
Vinícius de Moraes   Composer
Susannah McCorkle   Composer
Gene Lees   Composer
Karrin Allyson   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Aloysio de Oliveira   Composer
David Finck   Arranger
Rod Fleeman   Arranger
Josiah Gluck   Engineer
Jon Hendricks   Composer
George Horn   Mastering
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Nick Phillips   Producer
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Pedro Caetano   Composer
Jesse Cavanaugh   Composer
Fernando de Oliveira   Composer
Dolores Durán   Composer
Rosa Passos   Composer
Torquato Neto   Composer
Chris Caswell   Arranger,Composer
Andrew Pham   Art Direction
Doug Walters   Arranger
Paul Williams   Composer

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