Posts Tagged ‘Jazz’

Bienvenida, Venissa Santí!

July 31, 2009

Venissa Santí describes her music as “one half Jazz and one half Cuban.”

Venissa Santí

Venissa Santí

Just a few days ago, Santí was featured in NPR’s Weekly Jazz Sampler along with established Latin-American singers, Susana Baca and Magos Herrera—deservingly so, that is. What makes Santí stand out even amongst the greats is that she doesn’t only sing in English, but she is one of the few singers who has found a way to sing in Spanish with east coast Jazz music. It’s more challenging than it seems. As NPR’s Felix Contreras points out, “you can’t just cut and paste English Lyrics over a song structure that was written in Spanish and vice-versa. It doesn’t always work out musically and mathematically.” But Santí does it and does it well. Check out her rendition of the classic Bolero, “Tu Mi Delirio.” She puts a major Jazz swing into this song, and skips around with the lyrics in a scat style I’d never heard done in Spanish. Don’t miss out! Get her album, Bienvenida, and welcome her into your casa.

Venissa Santí-Tu Mi Delirio (MP3)

Venissa Santí


Song of the Day: CéU’s “Bubuia”

July 14, 2009

By now you know I have a thing for Brazilian music. I’m a defender of the old-school, but I’m really digging what today’s musicians are doing too. CéU is one of those young artists that has never let me down.



She manages to find common threads in different genres and ties them perfectly together. You’ll find elements from all kinds of music in her songs—a little Bossa, a bit of Samba, a hint of Funk, a lot of Hip-Hop, and a lot (a lot) of Jazz. You’ll hear some of those, plus more (including a seductive electric guitar) in today’s Song of the Day. Warning: It’s quite addictive. This comes from her recently released sophomore album, Vagarosa, where she continues to experiment with her influences. If you’re lucky, you can hear this new album live in the flesh—she’s coming to four U.S. cities.

July 14 & 15 Triple Door, Seattle
July 17 Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles
July 18 Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
July 21 Highline Balroom, New York

CéU-Bubuia (MP3)

Céu-Bubuia (Video)

Song of the Day: Concha Buika’s “Miénteme Bien”

July 13, 2009

For the past few days, I’ve been playing catch-up with Concha Buika‘s music. How I didn’t know of her before, I don’t know. But after a few days of listening to her, I seriously consider her one of the best voices of my time. And I’m not alone, so does film maker Pedro Almodóvar (that’s actually how I found about this soulful jazzy Afro-Spanish flamenco singer).

Concha Buika

Concha Buika

In one of Pedro Almodóvar’s blog entries (a recent obsession of mine), he discusses the importance of music in his films. That lead him to mention some of his recent favorite artists. One of those artists was Concha Buika. He compared Buika to the great Chavela Vargas, saying, “…she makes me tremble because she gives the impression that each performance is the definitive one, the last one. While being totally original and following other paths, she reminds me very much of Chavela at her greatest.” After reading that, I felt like I had to check her out. Once I did, I was awed by the way that Buika’s voice seems to come from every part of her—from her feet, from her knees, from the heart…you name it! Every word is rooted somewhere. Just listen. And watch the video, please—I feel like Almodóvar when he says that recordings don’t do some artists justice. In this case, Buika’s studio recording is pretty damn good, but the live performance is even more amazing. For more breath-taking minutes in your life, get Buika’s Grammy nominated album, Niña de Fuego.

Concha Buika-Mienteme Bien (MP3)

Concha Buika-Miénteme Bien (Video)

Song of The Day: Paté de Fuá’s “El Valsecito de Don Serafín”

July 1, 2009

You know that feeling you get when you meet someone that is so damn interesting that you want to drop everything just to spend every second with that person? Well, that’s how I feel about Paté de Fuá.

Paté de Fuá

Paté de Fuá

These Argentinos and Mexicanos bring a warm sound unlike anything I’ve ever heard from the Mexican music scene. These mellow dudes fuse together the lighter sides of jazz, waltz, and tango with the following instruments: accordion, bandoneón, cavaquinho, banjo, cornet, alto horn, guitar, vibraphone, marimba, contrabass, and drums. Yeah, they’re a talented bunch. In today’s Song of the Day, they tell the story of a fictional character, Don Serafin. Don Serafin and his band only knew how to play one song, and so that’s all they played—one song, over and over, until Don Serafin passed away. If you really dig Paté de Fuá’s style(s), you might find yourself doing the same as Don Serafin—repeating this Song of The Day over and over. But don’t make the mistake of only knowing one song. For more check out Paté de Fuá’s album, Música Moderna

Paté de Fuá-El Valsecito de Don Serafín (MP3)

Paté de Fuá-El Valsecito de Don Serafín (Video)