【Luciana Souza - The Book of Chet】(2012) ★★★★☆


(English follows the Japanese)

By Takaaki Kondo 

 

ヴァルテル・サントスの娘にして、USジャズ/ブラジリアン・フィールドで活躍する女性Singerの最高峰、Luciana Souza (ルシアーナ・ソウザ)の最新作。昨日開催された"55th Annual GRAMMY Awards"の「BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM」部門にノミネートされた作品です(惜しくも賞は逃しましたが)。本格派ジャズ・シンガーとしての才能を存分に堪能できます。実力者Larry Koonseのギターをフィーチュアした、チェット・ベイカー・トリビュート・アルバムです。チェットの愛演ナンバーがルシアーナのシックなセンスによって蘇るスタイリッシュな逸品です。チェットが取り上げたI FALL IN LOVE TOO EASILY, THETHRILL IS GONE, HE WAS TOO GOOD TO MEなどのスタンダード・ナンバーの数々を歌った、彼女が現在のジャズ・シーンの中でヴォーカリストの中で、如何に印象的な存在であるか認識できる作品になっています

 

(Personnel)

Luciana Souza - vocals

Larry Koonse - guitar

David Piltch - acoustic bass

Jay Bellerose - drums, percussion

 

1. The Thrill Is Gone (Lew Brown / Ray Henderson)

2. Forgetful (George Handy / Jack Segal)

3. He Was Too Good to Me (Lorenz Hart / Richard Rodgers)

4. I Get Along with You Very Well (Hoagy Carmichael)

5. Oh You Crazy Moon (Johnny Burke / James Van Heusen)

6. The Touch of Your Lips (Ray Noble)

7. The Very Thought of You (Ray Noble)

8. I Fall in Love Too Easily (Sammy Cahn / Jule Styne)

9. I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance (Bing Crosby / Ned Washington / Victor Young)

10. You Go to My Head (J. Fred Coots / Haven Gillespie)


Luciana Souza - Website
Offcial Website

http://www.lucianasouza.com/

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003978442871&fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Luciana-Souza/104220602949169?fref=ts

Preview

http://sunnysidezone.com/album/the-book-of-chet

https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/the-book-of-chet/id547108377

 

Buy CD

http://www.amazon.co.jp/The-Book-Chet-Luciana-Souza/dp/B008BUOBME

 

EPK (Video & Audio)

Luciana Souza - The Thrill Is Gone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lo0cAcIfTcE
Luciana Souza - Duos III & The Book of Chet
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJpRDiwa0NQ

Review

The Book of Chet is Luciana's inspired interpretation of the music of trumpet player and singer Chet Baker. An iconoclastic musical figure, Chet had 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 a lot 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' playing, tone and sensibility ended up influencing many musicians in Brazil."

 

"Grammy winner Luciana Souza is one of Jazz's leading singers and interpreters. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, in the late sixties, 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. As a leader, Luciana Souza has been releasing acclaimed recordings since 2002 - including her four Grammy-nominated records Brazilian Duos, North and South, Duos II, and Tide. Her debut recording for Universal, The New Bossa Nova, was produced by her husband, Larry Klein, and was met with widespread critical acclaim. Luciana's recordings include two works based on poetry - The Poems of Elizabeth Bishop And Other Songs, and Neruda. Ms. Souza has performed and recorded with greats including Herbie Hancock (on his Grammy winning record, River The Joni Letters), Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bobby McFerrin, Maria Schneider, Danilo Perez, and many others. Her longstanding duo work with Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo has earned her accolades across the globe, and her complete discography contains more than 50 records as a side singer. Luciana Souza's singing has been called "transcendental, "perfect, " and of "unparalleled beauty." Entertainment Weekly writes, "Her voice traces a landscape of emotion that knows no boundaries." Luciana Souza has been a prominent soloist in two important works by composer Osvaldo Golijov La Pasion According to St. Mark, and Oceana. She has performed with the Bach Akademie Stuttgart, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Other orchestral appearances include performances with the New York Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Her work in chamber music includes a fruitful collaboration with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Ms. Souza began her recording career at age three with a radio commercial, and recorded more than 200 jingles and soundtracks, becoming a first-call studio veteran at age sixteen. She spent four years on faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she received a Bachelor's in Jazz Composition. Ms. Souza earned a Master's degree in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory of Music and taught for four years at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, in New York City. From 2005 to 2010, Luciana was the Jazz Artist in Residence with the prestigious San Francisco Performances. August of 2012 marks the release of two new recordings for Ms. Souza on Sunnyside Records - The Book of Chet, and Duos III. Both recordings offer Luciana's personal and masterful reading of songs - on The Book of Chet, Luciana pays homage to Chet Baker's singing, performing gems from the Great American Songbook. On Duos III, Luciana closes her Brazilian Duos trilogy, singing traditional songs from the Brazilian repertoire with three master guitarists - Romero Lubambo, Marco Pereira, and Toninho Horta. Billboard magazine has said of Luciana: "she continues her captivating journey as a uniquely talented vocalist who organically crosses genre borders. Her music soulfully reflects, wistfully regrets, romantically woos, joyfully celebrates..."

- Afro Cuban LatinJazz

 

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. 

- jazzchill.blogspot

 

The Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza has been absent from the American jazz scene for the past few years. In 2009, she completed her two-album contract with Verve, and since then her only appearances on record have been as part of Bobby McFerrins virtual choir on Vocabularies, a guest appearance on Vince Mendozas Night On Earth, and most recently, her luminous reading of Look To The Rainbow on Ryan Truesdells Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans. Souza is back with the independent label, Sunnyside, and she marks her return with the simultaneous release of two newand considerably differentalbums, Duos III and The Book of Chet. Duos III continues the tradition begun ten years ago with Souzas Grammy-nominated album Brazilian Duos. Like its predecessors, Duos III is sung entirely in Portuguese, and features performances with several fine Brazilian guitarists. Of the three guitarists on the new album, Toninho Horta is the only one who has not played on the previous CDs. However, Hortas compositions were included on those albums, and here he contributes two lovely songs, Beijo Partido and Pedra da Lua (adding his expressive tenor to Souzas rich alto on the latter). Marco Pereira also brought one of his tunes in for the album, the wordless Dona Lu. Souza is amazing on this track, with technically perfect and musically daring scat that sounds closer to Portuguese than English (listen to her soft opening consonants that could be either ds or ts, and the vowels that somehow sound idiomatic to Portuguese). The third guitarist is Romero Lubambo, one of Souzas finest collaborators. Lubambo provides the most varied accompaniments of the bunch, including a broken time intro to Dori Caymmis Doralice and a sassy blues-inspired obbligato to Tom Jobims Dindi. And Souza and Lubambos perfectly synchronized rubatos are not only highlights of this album, but of their total discography together. The CD includes an embedded PDF liner booklet which includes all of the Portuguese lyrics but no English translations. Potential listeners should not be put off by this oversight, thoughlike a great classical vocalist, Souzas art lies in her beautifully sculpted melodic lines and her intensely dramatic delivery. Even though some of the songs will be unfamiliar to American audiences, it is easy to grasp each songs messages by listening to Souzas masterful performances.  The Book of Chet is Souzas first album of English-language standards, but more importantly, it is an intense, sustained tribute to the vocal artistry of Chet Baker. In contrast to the brightly-colored cover of Duos III, the artwork of The Book of Chet is monochromatic and tinted in blue. The albums feel echoes the cover: all of the tunes are taken in slow tempos, and the background arrangements are quiet and understated. Souza sings in half-voice throughout, emulating the quiet loneliness she attributes to Bakers voice. I dont know that Bakers music was ever this relentlessly funereal (even in his later years), but Souza and her instrumentalists, Larry Koonse (guitar), David Piltch (bass) and Jay Bellerose (drums) capture the same type of musical hypnotism that Baker could create. I suppose this atmospheric album will find its way into late-night jazz radio playlists, and will be used to accompany cozy romantic evenings, but it really deserves closer attention than that. Souzas impeccable renditions of the lyrics bring out all kinds of internal meanings, and musically, she takes great chances with the material as she stretches out the lines, expanding them across bar lines and phrase endings without losing the integrity of the original composition. Her greatest example of this technique remains Never Let Me Go from North and South, but her version of You Go to My Head rivals the earlier recording for Souzas daring reconstruction. One of the reasons that Souza has been off the scene is that shes been raising her infant son. That lucky young fellow, and Souzas husband and producer Larry Klein, have probably heard Souza singing around the house for the past few years. Thankfully, she is once again gracing our homes and concert halls with her superb musicianship and unforgettable interpretations. Let us hope that are no further gaps in the recording career of this supremely talented artist.
by Thomas Cunniffe, Jazz History Online

Bio

Luciana Souza (June 14, 1966, São Paulo, Brazil) is a Brazilian jazz singer and composer who has crossed over into classical music.Daughter of poet Tereza Souza and singer-composer-guitarist Walter Santos, she grew up in São Paulo. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston from which she received a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Composition. She then received a Master's degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. She began her career at the age of three by recording jingles for commercials. She has also worked in the field of European classical music, working with the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, composer Osvaldo Golijov, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the New York Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. She has been nominated four times for a Grammy Award as best jazz vocalist. She has appeared and recorded with both renowned jazz musicians and composers of new music, including Danilo Perez, Hermeto Pascoal, Romero Lubambo, Maria Schneider, Kenny Werner, John Patitucci, Herbie Hancock, and Osvaldo Golijov. Since 2004, Luciana has been the Jazz Artist in Residence with the San Francisco Performances. She has been married to music producer Larry Klein since 2006. She made a guest appearance on Walter Becker's 2008 album Circus Money, produced by her husband Larry Klein.

Discography

An Answer to Your Silence (NYC Records, 1999)

The Poems of Elizabeth Bishop and Other Songs (Sunnyside Records, 2000)

La Pasión Según San Marcos by Osvaldo Golijov (Hänssler Classic, 2001)

Brazilian Duos (Sunnyside, 2001)

North and South (Sunnyside, 2003)

Neruda (Sunnyside, 2004)

Duos II (Sunnyside, 2005)

Shadow Dance performing They Dance Alone by Sting (Capstone Records, 2005)

The New Bossa Nova (Universal Records, 2007)

Oceana by Osvaldo Golijov (Deutsche Grammophon, 2007)

LAGQ Brazil with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (Telarc, 2007)

Tide (Universal Music France, 2009)

Duos III (Sunnyside, 2012)

Book of Chet (Sunnyside, 2012)

 

Awards and Nominations

Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States. Souza has won one award from seven nominations. She won Album of the Year as a featured artist on Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters.

Year   Nominated work       Award  Result

2003   Brazilian Duos       Best Jazz Vocal Album       Nominated

2004   North and South      Nominated

2006   Duos II       Nominated

2008   River: The Joni Letters     Album of the Year    Won

2010   Tide   Best Jazz Vocal Album       Nominated

2013   The Book of Chet     Pending

Duos III      Best Latin Jazz Album       Pending

Trivia

One track from her composition Duos II, "Muita Bobeira", was included with Microsoft Windows Vista.