Blue Bossa (SACD)
Ana Caram's recent outing is successful on the technical side, and no slouch on the content side either. Blue Bossa allows this talented Brazilian-born singer to float in her element, a silky-smooth rendering of jazz-tinged bossa nova performed with no frills and no gimmicks, just soulful small group readings of some real gems. Though backed by the cream of New York's Brazilian crew, it is, of course, her voice that carries it all. And the Chesky sound locates us in very enviable seating indeed, but next time I'd like to be just a bit closer so the dynamics of instruments and vocals are more palpable and exciting, my one complaint with the Chesky technique in general, even in stereo.