KENIA, CELEBRATES DORIVAL CAYMMI


Her name may not be as easily recognized as her idols, Elis Regina or Gal Costa, the reigning voices of Brazilian jazz and pop in the 60’s and 70’s, but since relocating to this country in 1980, the Brazilian singer known as Kenia has established herself as an authentic performer of her native land’s sambas and bossa nova rhythms. Her 2008 recording traded on this reputation – “Simply Kenia” (Mooka Records) was a revered set of lesser-known Brazilian gems along with a few American songbook standards that highlighted the singer’s impeccable phrasing. The follow-up is a tribute to the late composer, Dorival Caymmi, and his songs turn out to be a perfect match for Kenia’s liquid-smooth vocals and incomparable artistry. Caymmi influenced generations of bossa nova performers, notably Joao Gilberto, with well-known tunes like the bubbly “Doralice,” and “Samba da Minha Terra,” both included here. Kenia’s vocal agility and confident delivery are well-matched to Caymmi’s enduring music – not only is she in rare form on his effervescent and timeless originals, she sparkles on a childhood favorite, “Roda Piao,” (once recorded by Carmen Miranda) and injects an honest romanticism into “And Roses and Roses,” the sole track with English lyrics. (15 tracks; 50:13 minutes)  www.mookarecords.com

  

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JAZZ IN SPACE: KENIA, CELEBRATES DORIVAL CAYMMI

Monday, August 2, 2010

KENIA, CELEBRATES DORIVAL CAYMMI


Her name may not be as easily recognized as her idols, Elis Regina or Gal Costa, the reigning voices of Brazilian jazz and pop in the 60’s and 70’s, but since relocating to this country in 1980, the Brazilian singer known as Kenia has established herself as an authentic performer of her native land’s sambas and bossa nova rhythms. Her 2008 recording traded on this reputation – “Simply Kenia” (Mooka Records) was a revered set of lesser-known Brazilian gems along with a few American songbook standards that highlighted the singer’s impeccable phrasing. The follow-up is a tribute to the late composer, Dorival Caymmi, and his songs turn out to be a perfect match for Kenia’s liquid-smooth vocals and incomparable artistry. Caymmi influenced generations of bossa nova performers, notably Joao Gilberto, with well-known tunes like the bubbly “Doralice,” and “Samba da Minha Terra,” both included here. Kenia’s vocal agility and confident delivery are well-matched to Caymmi’s enduring music – not only is she in rare form on his effervescent and timeless originals, she sparkles on a childhood favorite, “Roda Piao,” (once recorded by Carmen Miranda) and injects an honest romanticism into “And Roses and Roses,” the sole track with English lyrics. (15 tracks; 50:13 minutes)  www.mookarecords.com

  

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