Marcela Breton

Marcela’s Contributions

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November 1999    Briefs

The First Time
Carri Coltrane

Carri Coltrane is a painter of moods. A compelling vocalist, she is backed by a sextet that includes drummer Lewis Nash, bassist Ron Carter, and soprano saxophonist Matt Langley, as well as a full string orchestra, conducted by Charlie Ernst. Coltrane sings...

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November 1999    Briefs

Blue Gardenia
Libby York

Singer Libby York has a seasoned, languorous voice. Backed by an able quartet, she sings mostly standards, one of which, "Anyplace I Hang My Hat Is Home," suggests a Rosemary Clooney influence. Guitarist Frank Portolese has a fine solo on this number and...

November 1999    Briefs

In Session
Debbie Kirkland

Kirkland's debut release features tunes by Todd Rundgren, John Pizzarelli, and Michel Camilo, as well as numbers by producer, arranger, and trumpeter Melvyn K. Prince II. "BaDemBe'" is a vocalese number with appealing percussion by Mamadi Nyasumal, who is...

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October 1999    Briefs

Fly Me to the Moon
Suzanne Grzanna

Grzanna is a saxophonist and vocalist, and on this traditional release she divides her responsibilities fairly evenly, singing on seven numbers and playing saxophone on eight. She's a competent saxophonist and I prefer the stories she tells on her horn to...

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October 1999    Briefs

Song For Ma
Soesja Citroen

Dutch vocalist and songwriter Citroen shows herself a formidable composer on these fourteen tunes; musical evocations of family, youth, and lost loves. The title cut is a haunting portrait of her mother, and "Lonely Street," "Place of Silence," and "Samba...

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October 1999    Briefs

Angie's Samba
John Damberg Latin Jazz Quintet

Call this lite Latin jazz. Vibist Damberg and quintet, who hail from Alaska, include a mambo, "O-Tumba," the title cut samba, several pan-Caribbean numbers, "Thoughts," and "South of Haiti," and a percussion interlude, "Drum Groove." Pleasant enough but...

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September 1999    Label Watch

Label Watch: Cubop

When I spoke to Michael McFadin who, with his wife, Jody, is founder of the Ubiquity, Luv ‘n Haight, and Cubop labels, he had just finished a recording session with Pucho and his Latin Soul Brothers for Cubop. This marked the first time that Pucho, who spends...

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September 1999    Briefs

Strength in Numbers
Scott Hall Quartet

Trumpeter Scott Hall's debut release consists of eight original straightahead compositions. The Chicago native plays open and muted horn and flugelhorn, while pianist Karl Montzka alternates between piano and organ. There are two Latin tunes, "Scott's Samba...

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July/August 1999    Briefs

In Heaven
Joel Forrester and People Like Us

The influence of Monk is writ large here, but as Francis Davis writes in the liner notes, Forrester’s ability to suggest Thelonious Monk [is achieved] by winking allusion rather than shallow emulation. The eight numbers are composed by Forrester, and the...

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July/August 1999    Briefs

Homenagem Brasileira
Sandy Cressman

Vocalist Sandy Cressman’s tribute to Brazil includes tunes by the best of Barzilian composers; Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gilberto Gil, Djavan, the Caymmi family, and Milton Nascimento. Ivan lins is represented by a medley of six tunes. "Brasil de Hoje" is co...

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July/August 1999    Briefs

Bumpin’ in the Basement
Bob Leatherbarrow

L.A. Drummer Leatherbarrow is joined by the formidable trio of Ernie Watts, tenor; Mitchell Forman, Piano; and Reggie Hamilton, bass. Although this is his debut outing, he’s a seasoned powerful drummer, and the original eleven tunes are full of swing and...

July/August 1999    Albums

Rebel With a Cause
Steve Loza

Rebel With a Cause, the earlier of these two outings, was recorded when Loza was a student at Cal Poly and features the Cal Poly Jazz Band. The four numbers contain numerous "recitations"-poems delivered in a censorious monotone by Loza and Vicki Reed, and...

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July/August 1999    Albums

Red Car Blues
Steve Loza Sextet

On Red Car Blues Loza is heard on trumpet and vocals and is backed by Reggie Waddell, tenor; Dwight Dickerson, piano; Simeon Pillich, bass; and Aaron Ballesteros and Alfonso Smith, drums and congas, respectively. The vocals sound dated, due to Loza's continued...

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July/August 1999    Briefs

Panorama
Stevens/Siegel/Ferguson featuring Valery Ponomarev

The trio of pianist Stevens, bassist Ferguson, and drummer Siegel have been playing together for close to ten years. The addition of Russian trumpeter Valery Ponomarev adds color and verve to the trio's musical palette on numbers such as the dynamic "Blue...

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July/August 1999    Briefs

Son Zumbon
Corina Bartra

Bartra is a Peruvian-born vocalist whose singing is influenced by Afro-Peruvian music, American jazz, and the scatting of Brazilian singer Tania Maria. Backed by a sextet that includes the passionate tenor of Peter Brainin, Bartra interprets eight Latin...

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June 1999    Albums

Euforia
Euforia Trio

The Euforia Trio is bassist Santi Debriano, guitarist Paul Meyers, and drummer Vanderlei Pereira. The group has Panamanian, American, and Brazilian roots, richly reflected in their Pan American repertoire. The fourteen cuts range from "Xin Xin Swing," echoing...

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