Grégory Privat, Phoenix, Buddham Jazz ***1/2

Following the same pattern as Soley this is great from Martiniquan-French singer-pianist/keyboardist Grégory Privat whose fine vocals dipping into falsetto inject a Richard Bona-like life and vitality to the instrumentals although he has a higher …

Published: 9 Feb 2024. Updated: 19 days.

Following the same pattern as Soley this is great from Martiniquan-French singer-pianist/keyboardist Grégory Privat whose fine vocals dipping into falsetto inject a Richard Bona-like life and vitality to the instrumentals although he has a higher range to his voice, the album shaped around Privat with bassist Chris Jennings and drummer Tilo Bertholo. The songs are very affecting, warm and emotional, the jazz lines mixing well with Creole, pop and electronic music directions. I wasn't expecting to be as taken by the songs. The whole album works as crossover as well as containing enough intimations of jazz to please followers of this fine player who may know his work from a more formal but very different chamber-jazz setting with Lars Danielsson.

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Dani Gurgel and Debora Gurgel, DDG19 Big Band, Berthold ***

A Brazilian big band record isn't something that comes along very often - and welcome it is too. Featuring the warm voice of Dani Gurgel, think a vocal sound somewhere between Flora Purim and Astrud Gilberto, and her mother Debora on piano with a …

Published: 9 Feb 2024. Updated: 19 days.

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A Brazilian big band record isn't something that comes along very often - and welcome it is too. Featuring the warm voice of Dani Gurgel, think a vocal sound somewhere between Flora Purim and Astrud Gilberto, and her mother Debora on piano with a big band that adds a certain vintage glamour to the sound touching in on baião and sambas. The brightly compelling arrangement on 'Quiet Little Lady' and labyrinthine scatting that follows is a distinct highlight of this studio album recorded in Brazil last year that will delight many - us included. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face.