Monday, October 24, 2016

CD Review: Carol Bach-Y-Rita, "Minha Casa"


Just finished listening to a new CD from Vocalist, Composer and Arranger Carol Bach-Y-Rita and wanted to share my experience with you.  Carol Bach-Y-Rita has put together a great blend of Brazilian, Bebop and Jazz on her new CD that is perfect for her singing personality.  Carol gives her listeners an immediate sense of movement that lifts and re-imagines standards, original songs and Brazilian rhythms that fill the CD.  Carol is a Jazz singer that is at home with swinging tunes or ballads.

Her unusual name is an interesting story.  Her father's family came from Catalonia where children are given two names, their father's patronymic and their mother's maiden name, (i.e. Bach and Rita.)  Carol is fluent in five languages, including English, Spanish, French, Italian and Brazilian Portuguese and uses her languages to project her varied singing skills.

The songs Carol selected for this CD are a wonderful mix of old and new that are given new rhythms that make them delightful.  This is a beautiful CD and Carol Bach-Y-Rita is a terrific Jazz singer who performs at the highest level with ease!

The musicians Carol asked to join her on this CD are each outstanding in their own right. The always great Larry Koonse on Guitar, Bill Cantos on Piano, John Leftwich on Bass, Mike Shapiro on Drums and Percussion and Dudu Fuentes on Percussion.

             Playlist:
1. "Morning Coffee"
2. "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To"
3. "A Night In Tunisia"
4. "T'iS Autumn"
6. "Nature Boy"
7. "Trust"
8. "Pra Quem Quiser Me Visitar"
9. "Gardening With No Pants"
10. "Love Look Away"
11. "While My Lady Sleeps"

I have selected two YouTube videos that I think highlight Carol's marvelous singing talents.  The first is a Bill Cantos composition, "Morning Coffee" that has great melody and lyrics.  The second is a ballad that I just loved, Carol singing a Larry Koonse arrangement of the standard "Tis Autumn".  This CD was published on September 23, 2016 and is available on Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby.  




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