GAL COSTA – ESTRATOFERIA – AO VIVO (DVD)
A nice little live set that follows off the same sort of energy as the studio album Estratoferica – which has Gal Costa coming across with a more youthful vibe than she's had in years! As with that record, Gal's working here with a group of younger musicians – players who bring more rock currents to the music than you might expect, with especially strong use of electric guitar and keyboards – which Costa matches with a surprising degree of power in her voice! The tunes are pretty straightforward – no Tropicalia experiments here –but the overall approach still feels more 70s MPB than much of Gal's more recent material. Titles include "Meu Nome E Gal", "Estratosferica", "Por Um Fio", "Cabelo", "Quando Voce Olha Pra Ela", "Casca", "Dez Anjos", "Nao Identificado", "Mal Secreto", "Ecstasy", "Os Alquimistas Estao Chegando", and "Por Baixo". ~ Dusty Groove
LAWSON ROLLINS – AIRWAVES: THE GREATEST HITS
'Airwaves: The Greatest Hits' - featuring all of Lawson Rollins' radio chart hits taken from his seven solo albums, including the Billboard Top 30 contemporary jazz radio charting songs 'Island Time,' 'Moonlight Samba,' 'Infinita,' 'Flight,' and 'Daybreak. ' Two brand new bonus tracks were recorded exclusively for this album: the contemporary jazz track 'World of Wonder' (featuring the Billboard #1 group 3rd Force) and the classically-inspired, world-music composition 'Prado' (featuring 2-time Grammy Award winning violinist Mads Tolling). Other guests include iconic Brazilian singer Flora Purim. 11 of the 18 tracks are never-before-released radio edit versions that feature different performances and guests artists not heard on the album versions, like 'In Motion (radio edit)' which features an exclusive appearance by Billboard #1 soprano saxophonist Praful, not heard on the original album version.
SYLVIA BENNETT – I WISH YOU LOVE
Ooh la la la… Ms. Bennett is back and this time with a sexy nod at the City of Light, and the joie de vivre that France brings to the global community. From her forthcoming album I Wish You Love, due out in the spring of 2018, “C’est Magnifique” leads the way as the album’s first single. A whimsical, jazzy version of the Cole Porter classic, featuring the Grammy-nominated vocalist’s smooth as silk voice and a playful horn soloing throughout, leaving the listener to feel more magnifique than tragique! Produced by long time musical collaborator and renowned Miami producer, Hal S. Batt, this catchy creation is sure to light up the Contemporary Jazz charts like Paris! ~ smoothjazz.com