Sunnyside Cafe Series: Sunny Voices

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Sunnyside Records have been known from their inception to support both jazz and pop-styled singers over their two decades of producing music. This compilation sports 18 tracks from their vocalists, ranging from their first released artists like Meredith D'Ambrosio, Jay Clayton, and Jeanne Lee to the legendary Linda Sharrock; ethnic or world music icons like Milton Nascimento, Martirio, and Luciana Souza; the operatic Juliette Gréco; and contemporary discoveries Moss, Fleurine, Alyssa Graham, and Jamie Leonhart. Taken mostly from the lighter side, this collection would be ideal while cozying up with one's significant other on a rainy night with wine, cheese, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Sunnyside Records have been known from their inception to support both jazz and pop-styled singers over their two decades of producing music. This compilation sports 18 tracks from their vocalists, ranging from their first released artists like Meredith D'Ambrosio, Jay Clayton, and Jeanne Lee to the legendary Linda Sharrock; ethnic or world music icons like Milton Nascimento, Martirio, and Luciana Souza; the operatic Juliette Gréco; and contemporary discoveries Moss, Fleurine, Alyssa Graham, and Jamie Leonhart. Taken mostly from the lighter side, this collection would be ideal while cozying up with one's significant other on a rainy night with wine, cheese, and crackers. There are other outstanding performances aside from the aforementioned, including Lokua Kanza's "Nkolo Akosunga" in a choral Afro
ew age mode; the multi-tracked "Flutes" from Toto Bona Lokua (which vocally assimilates the metal woodwind in a Cuban beat as well as you could expect); and Helena's "Morrer Nos Seus Bracos," in a light style reminiscent of Astrud Gilberto. Sharrock's under-the-skin vibrato on "Calling You," the ever present Lee with Mal Waldron dipping emotionally deep into the easy swinger "I Could Write a Book," and Clayton's spacy voice and electronics-driven "The Peace of Wild Things" are highlights for those who are fans. The poignant 6/8 flamenco-tinged "Si Me Pudieras Querer" by Martirio, Graham's cutely scatted Brazilian piece "Izaura," and the clever two-beat- and note-based "Area" by the pretty-voiced Leonhart all have their own individual brands of quaint charm. The group Moss do "Take It with Me," and should prompt listeners to pay attention to their full-version Sunnyside CD. Also included are two tracks from the excellent Tim Ries/Rolling Stones Project recording Stones World: "No Expectations" from the attractive-voiced Ana Moura; and "Lady Jane" with the unlikely Nascimento singing the famous Jagger/Richards song in a wondrous arrangement. Pay particular attention to Fleurine during "Love Marks," as she employs girlish, innocent jazz references in a world beat. These sunny voices represent not only a great cross section of what's happening in vocal music today, but allude to past global influences that primarily stemmed from the great jazz singers of the '50s and beyond, and perhaps what they might have sounded like today.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/28/2009
  • Label: Sunny Side
  • UPC: 016728121323
  • Catalog Number: 1213
  • Sales rank: 310,316

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Promise (4:09)
  2. 2 The Space in a Song to Think (4:23)
  3. 3 Calling You (Theme from Baghdad Cafe) - Linda Sharrock (5:18)
  4. 4 No Expectations (4:24)
  5. 5 Nkolo Akosunga (3:39)
  6. 6 Morrer Nos Seus Bracos - Helena (3:50)
  7. 7 Si Me Pudieras Querer (3:48)
  8. 8 Take It with Me - Moss (4:03)
  9. 9 The Peace of Wild Things (4:59)
  10. 10 I Could Write a Book - Jeanne Lee (3:58)
  11. 11 Over the Rainbow (4:01)
  12. 12 Izaura (3:14)
  13. 13 Lady Jane (5:43)
  14. 14 Area (3:26)
  15. 15 Love Marks (5:02)
  16. 16 Flutes (2:52)
  17. 17 Voce (3:35)
  18. 18 Someday My Prince Will Come - Meredith d'Ambrosio (2:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sunnyside Cafe Series Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Chico Buarque Composer
Tom Waits Composer
Jay Clayton Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Barry Reynolds Composer
Bola de Nieve Composer
Kathleen Brennan Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Francis Hime Composer
Keith Richards Composer
Lokua Kanza Composer
Rebecca Martin Composer
Philippe Katerine Composer
Frank Churchill Composer
Brian Cullman Composer
Larry Morey Composer
Herivelto Martins Composer
Walter Santos Composer
Robert Telson Composer
Wendell Berry Composer
Gerald Toto Composer
Roberto Roberti Composer
Helena Noguerra Composer
Fleurine Composer
Tereza Souza Composer
Jamie Leonhart Composer
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