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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

CD Review: Noemi Nuti - Nice To Meet You

Noemi Nuti (vocals, percussion); Quentin Collins (trumpet/flugelhorn); Filipe Monteiro (guitar); Chris Eldred, Andrew McCormack (piano); Tim Thornton (bass); Enzo Zirilli (drums/percussion).
(Review by Ann Alex)
This is the debut album from a singer of jazz and Brazilian music who has considerable musical training.  Noemi has appeared at Ronnie Scott’s and is at present touring in the UK.  The tour includes our Jazz Co-op in Newcastle on Saturday May 30!  Yes, another international artist booked by the Co-op.  Don’t miss this one!
The CD comprises Brazilian standards such as Danca da Solidao and Doralice; original songs which are influenced by Brazilian music; and songs rooted in contemporary jazz.  The musicianship is impeccable, adventurous and suffused with Latin rhythms. Ms Nuti’s voice is sweet with a very wide range, especially on tracks such as Synaesthesia, with its jazzy riffs from piano and voice.  There are tracks in both Portuguese and English, and the original songs are quite complex and I guess that they’d also sound even better at a live performance.  Like much Latin jazz, the love songs are enhanced by images from nature, such as the sea, the sand, or ‘long nights sipping cocktails.’  Tracks have titles such as Vista; The Shell; Tidal Surge. For instance, on the latter track the singer becomes an instrument and wordlessly portrays the flowing tide together with the trumpet and guitar.
The CD is released in the UK on March 9, Ubuntu Music UBU0001
And don’t forget May 30!
Ann Alex  

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