Title - Amber Light
Artist - Corina Bartra
A sophisticated jazz and contemporary world singer from Peru?
Yes, Peru. In the last 100 years jazz has spread to every section of the globe, bringing forth fine Latin jazz musicians from New York, Cuba and Brazil.
And so if you haven’t already heard about her, Corina Bartra is indeed from Peru and is about to take you on yet another wondrous journey through the melodic nooks, crannies and spaces within music.
Corina was the first vocalist to blend Afro Peruvian and criolla music and Jazz and she also pioneered subtle and exciting instrumental textures in her compositions and her arrangements.
She writes extensive intros, interludes, and solos filled with inventive rhythms and beautiful harmonies and she also guides her musicians to do so. With this approach, she adds an instrumental section to her unique and historic projects.
Furthermore, Corina has degrees in jazz percussion from various schools and a Master in vocal performance. Like so many jazz masters before her, Corina resides in the New York area (when she is not in Peru) where she not only plays, but can study the works of all those artists who came before her; building the international sound of jazz to what it is today.
Oh, and Corina was also the recipient of the prestigious Queens Council on the Arts award in 2008 where her vocal winner Bambu Sun stood apart from the crowd.
In short, her music has frequent airplay worldwide and has topped the charts in many counties around the world, and now on her brand new album Amber Light (out now), Corina takes us on a tour of the music that has enchanted her over the years: Afro-Peruvian jazz, world music, folk, and even a hint of guitar-bass-drums jazz fusion.
1. Ebano Sky
2. Caramba Si
4. Samba Que Le Da
5. Latino Blues
6. Azúcar de Caña
7. Send in the Clowns
8. Azure Sky
9. Puente De Los Suspiros
10. Magenta Moon
Opening on the upbeat and enticing harmonies of Ebano Sky and the soft rhythmic shuffle of Caramba Si, they are backed up by the gently free-flowing majesties of Wave, the gently fervent Samba Que Le Da, and then we get one of my own personal favorites here, the foot-tapping, expressional Hispanic delights of Latino Blues.
Up next are the jauntily funky beats and melodies of Azúcar de Caña (Sugar Cane) which are in turn followed by a simply stunning rendition of Stephen Sondheim’s Send in the Clowns, a playful Azure Sky, the album rounding out on the forthright tale told within Puente De Los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs), coming to a close on the percussion-enhanced, joyous wonderment of Magenta Moon.
As always, rhythm is what is being explored and caressed, with a stellar band of American, Brazilian, and Peruvian musicians, including legends like George Garzone on alto sax and the steady percussion of Cornia’s longtime accompanist, Pedro Perico Diaz on the cajon.
Of course, there are splashes of color throughout Elbano Sky, Magenta Moon, Azure Sky, with the overall theme of Amber Light being just that: a bright, soulful, mischievous, melodic, beautifully romantic, and essentially colorful musical ride!
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