Title - 'Go' (AtoZink Music)
Artist - Anne Walsh
If you are not aware, Anne Walsh first chose her musical path and made it definitive when she learned jazz standards, sang with big bands, and took jazz improv classes at Orange Coast College.
And here on 'Go,' she has brought her contemporary jazz vocal styling's together with an enchanting mix of Brazilian-kissed jazz to re-create some standards and enhance some already groove-oriented Bossa Nova for us all to enjoy.
The first track is the light and flowing 'Cinnamon & Clove,' one of the infamous pair of Brazil 66’ hits on this new album, it is closely followed by one of several originals written by friends, the slower, more methodical, sexy even 'Je Vousem Beacoup.' Then comes 'Bumblebee,' a track that tip toes vibrantly along each given line of lyric, before 'So May It Secretly Begin,' a moving song that reflects what many of us carry within us.
The late '60s, early '70s get a nod in the luscious 'Pretty World,' before the more direct Brazil 66’ 'Batucada' comes forth. A substyle of samba it refers to an African influenced Brazilian percussive style, usually performed by an ensemble. Here you can hear, and feel all that and more. The paced 'Go' (Wayne Shorter) is next and features some heavenly sax playing, with Azymuth’s 'Cascade Of The Seven Waterfalls' following. This delightful album comes to a close with both 'Pools,' a lighter-than-usual jazz number that wafts over us, and the romantic 'So In Love.'
Together with a top-notch group of all-star musicians that includes noted bassists Brian Bromberg, and Jerry Watts, saxophonist Gary Meek, guitarist Larry Koonse, and percussionists Chris Wabich, and Tiki Pasillas, Anne and her band of merry men combine to bring the musical vision alive. A beautiful album for good-looking people is how this should be filed!