Anne Walsh – Pretty World

Anne Walsh
Pretty World
May 2009
Sounds of Timeless Jazz

Anne Walsh sings a lovely set of jazz standards, Brazilian jazz, and original songs on her latest release titled PRETTY WORLD. Produced by her husband, Thomas Zink, the dynamic song stylist gives these tracks her best shot and wows listeners with versatile phrasing, poignant interpretive skills and multi-octave vocal prowess.  Walsh is accompanied by some of the best musicians on the jazz scene today including Brian Bromberg on bass, Gary Meek on saxophone and flute, Oscar Castro-Neves on guitars and Thomas Zink on piano, Rhodes, and many other great musicians.

The recording opens with the title track. Here Walsh is subtle and pretty reigning in Brazilian jazz enthusiasts will love her versions of “Waters of March” and “Chove Chuva,” on which she captures the stories behind these songs with amazing insight and sincerity.  “In The Still of the Night” is serene and intimate. Walsh’s soprano voice unites the melody and harmony of this great song with exquisite beauty.  By contrast, her subtle rendition of “Pools” is easy and breezy. “Night and Day is given a great Latin-esque update with Walsh capturing the emotions inherent in Cole Porter’s everlasting standard.  

The Portuguese version of “My Favorite Things” is one of the best songs on this recording. Walsh sings with ease and emotion over beautiful orchestration and accomplished saxophone accompaniment by the great Gary Meek and brilliant bass work by Brian Bromberg. Overall, PRETTY WORLD surpasses the standards Walsh set for herself on her previous recording and should delight her new and existing fans.

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