Monday, August 06, 2012

LUCIANA SOUZA - THE BOOK OF CHET

The Book Of Chet is Luciana Souza's inspired interpretation of trumpet player and singer Chet Baker.  An iconoclastic musical figure, Chet has a unique and lyrical approach to singing - informed by his superb musicianship, his singing was heartfelt, yet detached. " It is a well known fact that musicians like Joao Gilberto were listening alot to Chet Baker and the sounds coming out of the West Coast of the US.  That kind of quiet, introspective singing was started by Chet while Miles' was playing, tone and sensibility ended up influencing many musicians in Brazil."

On this recording (Luciana's first exclusive recording of American standards), Luciana reveals why she has been considered on of the most important Jazz singers of her generation - able to unveil the drama of the lyric and allow for intimacy with the listener, all the while creating an inventive and deeply personal recording.  Her collaborators on this collection are West Coast greats Larry Koonse on guitar, David Piltch on bass, and Jay Bellerose on drums.  Included on the CD are such unforgettable Baker-inspired tracks as "I Fall In Love Too Easily", "The Thrill Is Gone", "He Was Too Good To Me" and "Forgetful".

The Grammy winning Souza is on of Jazz's leading singers and interpreters.  Born in Sao Paolo, Brazil, in the last 60s, she grew up in a family of Bossa Nova innovators - her father, a singer and songwriter, her mother, a poet and lyricist.  Luciana's work as a performer transcends traditional boundaries around musical styles, offering solid roots in jazz, sophisticated lineage in world music, and an enlightened approach to classical repertoire and new music. 

The Book Of Chet will be released on August 28.

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