Written by Jim Eigo:
Veronneau releases Jazz Samba Project
New Release celebrates fifty years of Samba and Bossa Nova
This is the second CD from a band of wildly popular international
artists, hailing from the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. In 2011,
Veronneau and exciting guest musicians drew critical acclaim and won fans from around
the globe for Joie de Vivre - Joy of Living. With hefty airplay in North America
and beyond, that album rose to No. 9 in JazzWeek's World Music chart, made the Top
10 on many stations and attracted a huge Internet following. The Virginia based
band toured their countries of origin and gave numerous interviews, with live performances
on BBC Radio and Radio Canada.
The new disc, Jazz Samba Project, was inspired by the 1962 megahit, Jazz Samba.
Fronted by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd, it was recorded at All Souls Church in Washington,
D. C. After a year of collaborative research, Veronneau staged a huge Jazz Samba
Golden Anniversary event there on May 20, 2012. The historic album was credited
with merging the music of two hemispheres, forever changing the sonic landscape.
Today the enticing sounds of Brazil are part of our musical DNA.
The new Veronneau album presents three tunes from the 1962 recording and includes
some enormously popular bossa nova tunes that followed. It also introduces unexpected
and enjoyable bossa nova treatments of contemporary jazz and pop classics, and showcases
the latest original from band member David Rosenblatt. Listeners will be awed by
the beautiful Portuguese, English and French lyrics sung by French Canadian vocalist
Jazz history buffs and world music fans will appreciate the extensive liner notes
penned by British guitarist Ken Avis. In addition to vocalist Lynn Véronneau and
guitarists Rosenblatt and Avis, the core Veronneau band features drummer Pete Walby.
Featured guest musicians on the new album are Canadian saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk,
Brazilian percussionist Alejandro Lucini and American trombonist Jim McFalls. Visit
their website for upcoming concert dates and music.
"Satisfying and bewitching"
Jordan Richardson, Canadian Audiophile
"On a par with the best jazz performers"
Jean Claude Elias, Jordan Times
"Lead vocalist Véronneau's lustrous timbre recalls the style of legends like
Joao Gilberto while strong musicianship... makes the listener comfortable in the
idea that though Stan Getz and company may no longer be physically with us, the
memory of their potent legacy remains intact."
Marcus Dowling, On Tap
Watch Bret Primack's video about the making of the new CD,
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Mark Rini 360-666-3046
1 É Luxo Só 4:56
2 Waiting in Vain 4:59
3 September Moon 4:36
4 Más Que Nada 3:19
5 Meditation 3:51
6 One Note Samba 2:53
7 Samba Saravah 3:52
8 Samba Triste 3:57
9 Autumn Leaves 4:47
10 Wave 3:29
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