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- Released: April 18, 2000
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Jazz Station Records
JazzTimes - 12/00, p.138"...Her bright, strong voice holds its own against the synthesized strings and thunping electronic rhythms..."
- 2.Serenade In Blue
- 3.Mas Que Nada
- 4.Un Homme Et Un Femme
- 5.Moon River
- 6.Summer Samba (Samba De Verao)
- 7.Aranjuez (Follow Me)
- 8.The Shadow Of Your Smile
- 9.Brazil (Aquarela Do Brasil)
Personnel: Ithamara Koorax (vocals); Nelson Angelo (acoustic guitar); Jay Berliner (guitar); Christina Braga (harp); Carlos Malta (flute, saxophone); Gonzalo Rubalcaba (piano); Marcos Valle, Jose Roberto Bertrami (electric piano, keyboards, synthesizer); Fabio Fonseca (keyboards, programming); Eumir Deodato (keyboards); Sergio Barroso (acoustic bass).
Recorded in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and Piermont, New York between September 1997 and November 1998. Includes liner notes by Lee Jeske.
Personnel: Ithamara Koorax (vocals); Jay Berliner (guitar); Cristina Braga (harp); Carlos Malta (flute, saxophone); Gonzalo Rubalcaba (piano); Jos‚ Roberto Bertrami, Marcos Valle (electric piano, keyboards); Fabio Fonseca (keyboards, programming); Deodato, Kevin Jasper (keyboards); Alex Malheiros (electric bass); Dom Um Romao, Ivan Conti (drums); Laudir DeOliveira, Arnaldo DeSouteiro (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Deodato; Gustavo Andriewiski; Fabio Fonseca; Marcos Sab¢ia; Kevin Jasper.
Liner Note Author: Lee Jeske.
Recording information: AR (09/1997-11/1998); Fibra Studios (09/1997-11/1998); Impressao Digital Studios (09/1997-11/1998); Jazz Station Studios (09/1997-11/1998); Magnetic Garden Studios (09/1997-11/1998); New York, NY (09/1997-11/1998); Piermont Studios, NY, NY (09/1997-11/1998); Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (09/1997-11/1998).
Photographers: Sebastiao Castelano; Celso Brando.
Arrangers: Deodato; Fabio Fonseca; Ithamara Koorax; Jos‚ Roberto Bertrami; Marcos Valle; Arnaldo DeSouteiro.
When the 20th Century was coming to a close Ithamara Koorax was a major name in Brazilian pop-jazz but didn't have any CDs out in the United States. That changed in 2000, when Fantasy licensed Serenade in Blue from Jazz Station and put it out on Milestone in the United States. Koorax is from Rio de Janeiro, and her Rio upbringing is evident throughout this excellent pop-jazz effort (which was recorded in 1997 and 1998). Whether she's turning her attention to Jorge Ben's "Mas Que Nada," Ary Barroso's "Brazil," Henry Mancini's "Moon River," or the French pop classic "A Man and a Woman" ("Un Homme et Une Femme" in French), Rio's sensuous, caressing influence asserts itself. Koorax, to her credit, has no problem singing convincingly in three languages: Portuguese, English, and French. When Koorax sings in English on "The Shadow of Your Smile" and "Moon River," she does so with a Brazilian accent. But her English is excellent, and the carioca (Rio native) is easy to understand -- if anything, her accent is a major asset because it's quite charming. Serenade in Blue makes one hope that a lot more Koorax albums will become available in North America. ~ Alex Henderson
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