Lush Life

Lush Life

by Jacintha
     
 

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This is Jacintha's third album for Groove Note, and her first with strings. Very popular in her native Singapore, she's beginning to get a worldwide reputation, and this release demonstrates why: Her voice is lovely, with clear diction and expressive, naturalistic phrasing. She draws the listener into a warm intimacy from the first track, "The Boulevard of Broken

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This is Jacintha's third album for Groove Note, and her first with strings. Very popular in her native Singapore, she's beginning to get a worldwide reputation, and this release demonstrates why: Her voice is lovely, with clear diction and expressive, naturalistic phrasing. She draws the listener into a warm intimacy from the first track, "The Boulevard of Broken Dreams," a rarely covered and beautiful song with the perfect "rainy night in Paris" ambience supplied by Frank Marocco on accordion. Other highlights include a bluesy but refreshingly non-wailing "Black Coffee," with a fine, understated solo by Bill Cunliffe on piano; he's also good on the silky bossa "Manha de Carneval," where Anthony Wilson's melodic plucking contrasts nicely with the smoothness of the strings. Another unusual but happy choice, "When We Were Young," showcases the superb flügelhorn of Dmitri Matheny, which enhances four other tracks as well. Eight of the ten selections are ballads and, since Jacintha delivers her message straight and serene, the overall feel is quiet, sultry, and relaxing. After slooow readings of "The Shadow of Your Smile," "Lush Life," and "September Song," Joe LaBarbera's brushes and drum accents on "Harlem Nocturne" provide a welcome texture and pulse. The surprise of the CD is the startlingly original, soaring introduction to the vastly overplayed "Summertime," where Cunliffe's string arrangement evokes both Gershwin and modern French composers. This is excellent late-night listening; the local male vote was "mesmerizing."

Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/2002
Label:
Groove Note Records
UPC:
0660318101136
catalogNumber:
10113
Rank:
56118

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jacintha   Primary Artist,Vocals
Frank Marocco   Accordion
Bill Cunliffe   Piano
Peter Kent   Violin
Gina Kronstadt   Violin
Joe La Barbera   Drums
Darek Oles   Bass
Amy Shulman   Harp
John Wittenberg   Violin
Susan Chatman   Violin
Dmitri Matheny   Flugelhorn
Renita Koven   Viola
Anthony Wilson   Guitar
Norm Hughes   Violin
Peggy Baldwin   Celli
Rudy Stein   Celli
Virginia Frazier   Viola

Technical Credits

Kurt Weill   Composer
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Bill Cunliffe   String Arrangements
Peter Grant   Art Direction
Joe Harley   Producer
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Antônio Maria   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Akira Taguchi   Producer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
John Turner   Composer
David Tan   Cover Photo
Michael C. Ross   Engineer
Maxwell Anderson   Composer
Ying Tan   Executive Producer
Sebastian Koh   Executive Producer
James Lizardi   Art Direction
M. Philippe-Gerard   Composer
David Morrell   Liner Notes
Angele Vannier   Composer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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