Music-savvy New Yorkers have been aware of Camila Meza for a while now. Seven years have passed since the Chilean vocalist and guitarist, then just 22, migrated to the Big Apple. Three previous albums focused on American and Latin standards, plus wider forays into works by Björk, Joni Mitchell and Led Zeppelin. Traces is a far more personal project centered on her own compositions-six of 10 tracks are originals. As she explains in the liner notes, she is interested here in “tracing” a path toward inner truths, guided solely by her intuition. It is a mesmerizing trip. Joining her are keyboardist Shai Maestro, bassist Matt Penman, drummer Kendrick Scott, percussionist Bashiri Johnson and cellist Jody Redhage.
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