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Chiara Civello: Last Quarter Moon

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On her American debut, Italian chanteuse Chiara Civello sounds as if she spent her formative years in Rio rather than Rome. That’s not just because her ensemble includes vocalist Daniel Jobim-grandson of Antonio Carlos Jobim-and drummer Paulo Braga. On tracks such as Rosa Passos’ “Outono” and a suitably dreamy cover of Suzanne Vega’s “Caramel,” the overarching influence on both her vocal and musical arrangements is the delicate sultriness that has endeared bossa and other Brazilian styles to millions of people.

Civello and producer Russ Titelman have called on the talents of an accomplished company of young and established players, including drummers Steve Gadd, Dan Reiser and Jamey Haddad, organist and pianist Larry Goldings, cellist Mark Stewart, guitarist Adam Rogers, saxophonist Miguel Zenon, bassist Ben Street, pianist Alain Mallet, guitarist Guilherme Monteiro, vibraphonist Mike Mainieri and bassist Alex Alvear. The diverse assemblage surrounds Civello’s Astrud Gilberto-meets-Sade voice with plenty of texture.

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