Bassist George Anderson of Shakatak fame is back with his sophomore release titled Expressions, a project that has everything, including a more than slight resemblance to his work with the acid jazz group with which he is most notably associated. As with Shakatak, the grooves here are catchy, tight, and full. Joining Anderson on this cool work is a pair of competent vocalists who certainly deserve separate recognition for their standout efforts: Debby Bracknell, whose sweet, whispery and seductive vocals can be heard throughout the recording, and Fil Straughan who does a wonderful job on the track “Into U.”
Trombone player, composer, and bandleader, Willie Colon was one of the pioneers of Latin American music. Despite initial criticism, Colon‘s album El Malo has become known as one of the first albums to feature the "New York Sound" that sparked a renewed interest in Latin music during the 1970s. Colon has been instrumental in the careers of such Latin musicians as Ruben Blades, who first sang with Colon‘s band in 1975, and Celia Cruz, for whom Colon has produced such albums as Only They Could Have Done This Album in 1977 and the highly successful duet album Celia Willie in 1981.
Alaíde Costa is one of the great singers of Brazil. Owner of a fully recognizable style, deeply sensitive and emotional and less dedicated to the Brazilian swing, she is stubbornly dedicated to her ideals, choosing carefully her repertory among older and newer songs, completely freed of commercial considerations. This album brings works by Fátima Guedes ("Absinto"), Paulinho da Viola ("Tudo se transformou"), Tom Jobim ("Falando de amor"), Elton Medeiros ("Contradição"), Garoto ("Amoroso"), Guinga ("Noturna"), and other important composers.
This bargain-priced box set is a must-have for anyone who loves Handel's operas. Whilst Nicholas McGegan has had his critics over some of his Goettingen recordings, it cannot be denied that he has rescued some of Handel's finest arias and operas from the dustbin of History...