For five decades she’s reigned as Brazil’s preeminent jazz vocalist, known nationwide by just her first name, and for almost half her career she’s resisted offers to craft an album of American standards. It took a Cole Porter tune to change her mind. Passing time during a sound check, Joyce Moreno started fiddling with Porter’s “Love for Sale.” It was a light-bulb moment, sparking her realization that such classics could be made her own if she simply figured out how to “dress them differently,” as she puts it in press notes. And indeed she does throughout Cool, imaginatively incorporating Latin accents with consistent, if not absolute, success.
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