Rhythm of Life

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Barnes & Noble - Ted Panken
Jazz musicians hail from all points of the globe these days, and it's no longer exotic to hear improvisers converse fluently and idiomatically in more than one musical language. A shining example of this multilingual movement is the singer Claudia Acuña, who on Rhythm of Life, her strong sophomore effort for Verve, refines her special jazz-Latin hybrid on a nicely balanced program that covers both the Anglo-American songbook ("My Romance," "I Fall in Love Too Easily," "Nature Boy," "More than You Know") and its Hispanic counterpart ("Ay, Mariposa," "Volver a los Diecisiete," "María, María"). Producer Billy Childs and Acuña's working pianist, Jason Lindner, offer ...
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Barnes & Noble - Ted Panken
Jazz musicians hail from all points of the globe these days, and it's no longer exotic to hear improvisers converse fluently and idiomatically in more than one musical language. A shining example of this multilingual movement is the singer Claudia Acuña, who on Rhythm of Life, her strong sophomore effort for Verve, refines her special jazz-Latin hybrid on a nicely balanced program that covers both the Anglo-American songbook ("My Romance," "I Fall in Love Too Easily," "Nature Boy," "More than You Know") and its Hispanic counterpart ("Ay, Mariposa," "Volver a los Diecisiete," "María, María"). Producer Billy Childs and Acuña's working pianist, Jason Lindner, offer arrangements that cloak Acuña's ethereal-earthy voice -- bursting with passions barely tethered -- like a couture gown. The supporting cast is none too shabby; bassist Dave Holland and drummers Jeff Watts and Luisito Quintero articulate the grooves with inexorable pulse and loose precision, while Holland, Lindner, guitarist Romero Lubambo, and trombonist Avi Lebovich contribute pithy solos that elaborate upon Acuña's stories. A communicative, artful recital.
All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
Within three years of her initial recording debut as a leader on Wind From the South, vocalist, composer, and arranger Claudia Acuña now commands sufficient respect to produce her second release for a major label, and it's a provocative study, secure in its delicate but powerful Latin jazz relationship. On Rhythm of Life, Acuña virtually has the style mastered and offers a solid, comprehensive, up-to-date exploration of ballads, up-tempo burners, Latin folk, and jazz compositions in English and Spanish. Co-produced by Billy Childs, who also plays piano on four tracks, as well as her longtime friend and pianist Jason Lindner, Claudia Acuña re-styles such great songs as "My Romance," "A Child Is Born," "I Fall in Love Too Easily," and "More Than You Know." Designed to reflect her creativity and original interpretations of standards from the Great American Songbook, she brings each song full circle beautifully, seductively, and in a well-balanced style. "Volver a los Diecisiete," a Chilean song written by Violetta Parra, and Milton Nascimento's "Maria Maria" offer traditional spice to this great set that also features Avi Leibovich playing an awesome flute and trombone. He offers an excellent caliber of jazz improvisations throughout, but is especially emphatic on "Nature Boy." Acuña's nearly six-minute rendition is performed to perfection, opening slowly with her rich trademarked elongations, phrasings, and nuance that rise and fall against Lindner's priceless chords that ebb and flow in a beautiful succession of lush crescendos. Jason Lindner's poetic complements are without equal. The song culminates in a fiery calypso, with vocals supplied by the ensemble. Excellent rhythmic changes in this arrangement make this song a pick. With the addition of Billy Childs, a string quartet, and master bassist Dave Holland, Acuña has elevated her sound into another direction,but the keynote of success is still her delicate, sensitive, beautiful vocal artistry.
52nd St. Jazz
The Chilean-born Acuña is not only a blast of fresh air in this artificial climate, but she brings a welcome Latin fire to a too-predictable scene.

The Chilean-born Acuña is not only a blast of fresh air in this artificial climate, but she brings a welcome Latin fire to a too-predictable scene.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2002
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 731458954729
  • Catalog Number: 589547
  • Sales rank: 168,241

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Claudia Acuña Primary Artist, Vocals
Billy Childs Piano, Background Vocals
Dave Holland Bass
Jeff "Tain" Watts Drums, Background Vocals
Romero Lubambo Guitar
Kim Smith Background Vocals
Krista Bennion Feeney Violin, Group
Rick Gordon Background Vocals
Myron Lutzke Cello, Group
Sara Cutler Harp
Sherman Irby Saxophone
Luisito Quintero Percussion
Anca Nicolau Violin, Group
Jason Lindner Piano, Background Vocals
Avi Lebovich Flute, Trombone
Loma Mar Quartet Strings
Technical Credits
Billy Childs Arranger, Producer
Joe Ferla Engineer
Tommy LiPuma Executive Producer
Hollis King Art Direction
Jason Lindner Arranger
Claudia Acuña Arranger, Producer
Louise Holland Executive Producer
Anna M. Sala Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Star in the Making

    Miss Acuna is the best export from Chile since sea bass. I concede that I became a member of the Claudia Acuna Fan Club after hearing her perform at New York's Jazz Standard in April of 2003. However, this release stands firmly on its own two feet for those who have not seen the petite Miss Acuna on stage - a platform on which she has complete command. In the world of the studio, this songstress successfully covers the entire musical spectrum with ease from her quiet and whispery rendition of "I Fall in Love Too Easily" to the creatively latin influenced "Nature Boy" (an overdone Eden Ahbez classic that Miss Acuna offers with a fresh new twist) to the soaring "Ay Mariposa" (The Butterfly). Here's a toast to the hope that we'll be seeing more of Miss Acuna. I would offer five stars to this CD release, but feel the need to confidently hold that fifth star for her next offering.

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