Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Claudia Villela, Kenny Werner|
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Jazz, Pop
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Daring and emotionally moving improvisations.
Ken Rubin | Seattle, WA | 01/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"How brave & rare for two musicians to enter into a recording studio with no music! Imagine the trust they needed to have in themselves and one another. This CD is 100% improv, yet it works exceedingly well as it captures spontaneous moments & sparks between the musicians.
Claudia Villela goes deep into her Brazilian roots to sing out with a great deal of feeling. It's particulary moving to hear words in a foreign language, yet still feel the emotion through melodies, rhythms and interactions. The listener at times cannot recognize whether utterings are foreign words or spontaneous outpourings. Liner notes are translated into English for those who desire a full read.
Kenny Werner duets with her singing on a Steinway Grand Piano. This veteran pianist takes time to compliment and nudge her into exciting improv, while not demanding that he take center stage. The balance is genuine.
Recording quality is excellent. Tunes are not over-miked or overproduced. Sonics are clear, and 3D staging placement of singer & pianist make this a quality audiophile recording.
Highlights linclude "Dream Tales" which meanders for over 12 minutes, and "Deep Sea Angel Blues". While some listeners may prefer more variety in rhythm and tone, I find it to be fantastic.
I believe Dreamtales is a breakthrough for a singer who deserves far more recognition that she has garnered. I urge you to purchase. listen to, and share this CD.
WorldDiscoveries.Net | Petaluma, California | 11/18/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Sparse vocals and piano mix the talents of jazz avant-garde players Claudia Villela and Kenny Warner in DREAMTALES, a piece which will please fans of modern jazz in general.
If it's intellectual jazz vocals you seek, with sparse but precise presentation, choose DREAMTALES: no rhythm, no harmony, no melody - just bright vocal adventures into the madness and captivating world of modern jazz."