Summer Samba

Summer Samba

by Irene


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As its title promises, this is perfect Brazilian vocal-lite for a breezy, balmy summer day. Irene's backstory is unique and exotic, even if it's not as Rio-centric as the music she makes with her ensemble of brilliant, mostly Brazilian born musicians. In 2003, she went to karaoke night at Club Med in Bora Bora and was immediately offered a three-week gig singing at the resort, which led to ongoing engagements. On her very likeable debut, the independent singer isn't trying to make anyone forget Astrud Gilberto; despite her facility with other languages (French, Spanish and Portuguese), she lacks the cool finesse and sensual charms of the real deal. It's more of a celebration of that classic style, complete with engaging covers of two Jobim songs identified with Gilberto, "Waters of March" and "One Note Samba," and another of the famed singer's classics -- this album's title track. It's a mixed bag beyond that, ranging from a sweaty and romantic "Bésame Mucho" to Jobim's frisky and hypnotic "Só Danço Samba," the laid-back "Samba Saravah" a soulful version of Irving Berlin's "Let's Face the Music and Dance," and a slightly cabaret-styled version of "My Heart Belongs to Daddy." While hardcore fans of Brazilian music will still prefer to go to Rio for their music, it's good to see upcoming American singers keeping alive the spirit of a music that took over the pop charts in the '60s.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/12/2007
Label: Cd Baby
UPC: 0634479543791
catalogNumber: 5637331522
Rank: 206152

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Irene   Primary Artist,Vocals
Scott Martin   Flute,Saxophone
Ron Snyder   Piano
Richard Wenzel   Piano
Brice Martin   Flute
Marco Tulio   Guitar
Alex Varden   Keyboards
Cristiano Novelli   Percussion
Daniel Groisman   Bass

Technical Credits

Sergio Mendes   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Jorge Ben   Composer
Vinícius de Moraes   Composer
Antonio Adolfo   Composer
Roberto Menescal   Composer
Jerry Ross   Composer
Baden Powell   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Buddy Kaye   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Marcos Valle   Composer
Richard Wenzel   Engineer
Consuelo Velázquez   Composer
Paulo Sérgio Valle   Composer
Ted Davis   Cover Photo
Irene   Producer
Keith Stark   Engineer

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