Luciana Souza – Tide
| Luciana Souza
Verve – 2009
Sounds of Timeless Jazz
On Tide, Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza delivers a superb set of seven original songs on which she collaborates with such musical luminaries as guitarists Romero Lubambo, Larry Koonse, husband, bassist and producer Larry Klein, Cyro Baptista on percussion, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums and Larry Goldings on keyboards. Rebecca Pidgeon provides background vocals to this multi-faceted treasure of wonderful music that also features songs by Paul Simon, and Brazilian folklorists.
However, the real treasures are mined in “Love Poem 65” and the title track both of which are based upon e.e. cummings’ poems. Both showcase the composing skills of the husband/wife duo. Both songs are romantic ballads, subtle, and subdued by Souza’s beautiful vocals and the intimacy of the lyrical guitar voicings.
The Brazilian experience continues with Souza singing several songs in Portugese including “Adeus America & Eu Quero Um Samba,” “Sorriu Para Mim” “Chuva” and “Amulet.” Overall, TIDE is a versatile statement of Luciana Souza’s growth as a singer of original English language compositions and a proven master of true Brazilian bossa nova and samba standards.