Her Chasing Storms and Stars album is sure to impress
From the first moment Alexia Bomtempo sings the first note from the song searching for answers from within in “Crystallize”, to penning a long lost love letter on Track 2 in “I Thought About You”, and the only Portuguese speaking track “A Cada Canto” (translated meaning, “At Every Corner”), this jazz album is simply magnificent.
Of course, it takes almost like solving a jigsaw puzzle when you finally find where the title track was hidden. If you listen really closely, it is located in the final forty seconds of Track 8, “Mexico”.
Other cool hits that will be definitely worth playing on repeat include, “Maybe I’m A Fool” (Track 7) and one of the rare smooth jazz songs possibly earmarked for Halloween when she penned the final track titled, “Oh the Vampyre”–remarking about crescent moons, among such devilish delights.
Overall, this album runs nearly 45 minutes and it definitely gets a five star rating in my book. Alexia’s voice comes off so sweet and graceful, I almost think it is nearly a cross between Paula Fernandes and a touch of Bebel Gilberto.
It is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple iTunes, and other popular streaming music players. With this being her third album coming every five years, this puts Alexia Bomtempo among the best of the best as far as Brazilian jazz artists are concerned.
Alexia, please take your place in line. You simply deserve it. As a loyal fan with you being a friend of this blog, I wish to say simply–
Job well done:).
I just might have found a perfect album for those people that love to hop wearing fashionable outfits before piling into the car and cruising down that Interstate highway heading towards a hip and fun party.
Or, for those people who are hosting–try to have this album on repeat along with my prior blog post of Les Hommes The Mood Is Modal while you are busy preparing dinner for that big, hungry crowd or just getting ready to crack open a few bags of chips and bottles of salsa, because Indigo City’s debut album way back in 1996 provided some really excellent smooth jazz.
Each of the ten tracks features no vocals, and on some days when there is too much chatter going on in the news and social media in this current environment–let this album attempt to calm your nerves and think nothing but positive thoughts.
Let the cool sounds of Tom Schwritz on alto sax and soprano take your breath away. Ditto also with the nice guitar played by Russ Corvey and Mark McKee on piano. Even on the third track, their soothing rendition of “September Samba” was done masterfully with the help of vocalists Laura Owens, Grace Cantrell, Michael Blythe, and Thelonious Smooth.
Other tracks definitely worth a deep listen include “On The Other Hand” (Track 2) and “That Saturday Song” (Track 8). Definite belongs right up there with Fabiana Passoni, Patricia Talem, Diana Krall, and Halie Loren as my Five Star Album pick for any week.
Speaking of Halie…she was sending some more cool vibes late last night (albeit it was late Saturday afternoon in Japan) with her seventh blog update from her Kickstarter campaign. They are around 70 percent towards the goal of making her tenth album next spring a reality. She even took time to answer fan’s questions on her Facebook Live page, so I hope you get a chance to check it out when you get some time this weekend.
With my mind getting ready to take some credible notes before my other blog gets started up the week of October 23 at the same time the defending World Series baseball champion Chicago Cubs are trying to fend off some last ditch efforts from their pesky National Central Division rivals of the Milwaukee Brewers and their longtime rivals in the St. Louis Cardinals, it is indeed a great time to be alive.
Another artist will get profiled sometime next week as the calendar (albeit still feels like summer in most of the United States), but technically late September reminds most Americans that crisp autumn nights and the changing fall foliage are the norm like this…
Images courtesy of my own Personal Collection, taken in October during the years 2013 to 2015
Like the current Wisconsin Department of Tourism television ads cleverly say,
“These free views are only available for a short period of time.”
Please take advantage and see the gorgeous fall colors. I have enjoyed taking time out to see my version of nature every autumn since 1987, so take a chance and enjoy it.
Long awaited vote in Lima, Peru also confirmed Paris, France as 2024 host following Tokyo in 2020
Rejoice and gear up for lots of fun, to the families of Fabiana Passoni and friends of Monica da Silva.
For the first time since 1984, the land of bright lights, lipstick, and five lane Interstate highways will once again play host to a Summer Olympiad. Although Atlanta last hosted in 1996, it will break a long dryspell for the United States that has not been seen since 1932 to Squaw Valley when CBS televised those Winter Olympics in 1960.
Congratulations also to Casey Wasserman and the rest of the Los Angeles Olympic Committee for working tirelessly in bringing one of the grandest international sporting competitions back to the greatest country in the world.
And did you know, this will be a record ninth time that the United States will play host.
According to an article posted on the Olympics page at nbcsports.com, many well known gold medalists from Olympics past gave passionate speeches from the likes of Angela Ruggiero, Allyson Felix, and Janet Evans. Michael Johnson, who dazzled in the track at Atlanta 1996–was also there celebrating his 50th birthday. USOC chairman Larry Probst spoke about perseverance and it resonated very well by a simple show of hands that finally went America’s way.
After highly touted bids failed badly for New York City in 2012 and Chicago in 2016, Los Angeles initially lost out due to the fact that the original USOC choice of Boston dropped out in 2015. This was after serious lack of loyal support and the threat of increasing state taxes on suburban residents that would have housed the athletes.
What all started bouncing in L.A.’s favor was a January 2013 letter penned by former mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to the USOC expressing interest in bidding for the 2024 Olympics. That letter was also signed by Tom Hanks and Magic Johnson.
Once the bidding eventually settled on having Paris join L.A., other cities dropped out from the likes of Budapest, Hungary; Hamburg, Germany; and the 1960 site of Rome, Italy.
On a personal note, it is too bad we all cannot convert each one of our lifetime savings and make a time machine so we can then watch the fun again (but this time will take place more than likely on NBC on a Friday night), instead of what ABC did in their last ever Summer Olympics when those spectacular Opening Ceremonies at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum took place on a Saturday night in early August of 1984.
For more information about the venues that will be hosting the many events during the 2028 events (including a few from 1984 that will be playing to different competitions), please kindly tap or click on the link below:
A pair each of singles available for streaming and new albums from budding artists to look for during the autumn months
Happy September, my loyal blog fans!
I nearly forgot to end August by mentioning that I kindly stumbled across two recent singles from artists that I have previously covered:
On May 5, Tie (pronounced as Chee) released the single “Mexeu Comigo” (translated means, “Moved with Me”). The video shows her in many various outdoor scenes, with two short clips in the final minute being slightly NSFW.
The other video shows good friend of this blog in Monica da Silva getting involved in some witchcraft and tarot readings on the bouncy single, “Phoenix” (perhaps she should check out the preview to Lana Del Rey’s Lust for Life album which went viral in April, totally shot in black and white).
Both songs are available on YouTube.
Regarding the news about some new albums coming out in the near future…
- Alexia Bomtempo released a single called “I Thought About You”. Her new album will be released on September 22 called, Chasing Storms and Stars.
- Lori Carsillo recently managed to step back in time to the 1920’s in filming a new music video. What will come out of that, please stay tuned.
Speaking of which, one of my recent interview subjects is slated to come out with a new album and is still a major hit in most corners of the globe.
Halie Loren recently was kind enough to share with me a page where us as loyal fans can take part in her unique Kickstarter campaign.
And there is even a really cute video starting Halie herself kindly asking fans to lend some financial support by October 1. Fans have until 11 a.m. Eastern time that particular Sunday to help fund what would be her tenth jazz album, putting Halie in some very select company with only the best of the best as far as producing at least double digit albums.
Here is the link:
My first check of her pledge total shows she is 34.35 percent towards her $64,000 goal. Sure, some of us had to use some of our hard earned dollars to help out the American Red Cross and other vital organizations after the record rainfall from Hurricane Harvey that affected most of Houston as well as southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana.
Please do what you can, however small an amount to help her achieve another dream and make it all come true.
More cool album reviews of past Brazilian jazz stars will return the week of September 10. Please enjoy your long Labor/Labour Day holiday weekend for those people residing in the United States and Canada.
Celebrating her 25th birthday today and fellow Virgo just like me, Mallu was born in Sao Paolo in 1992 and got her first taste of online fame in 2008 at the then popular social media site Myspace.
Two self-titled albums would follow to close out the 2000’s, along with her 2009 tour being captured on DVD. For five straight years beginning in 2008, Mallu was nominated for several MTV Video Music Awards in Brazil. With her husband Marcelo Camelo and Portuguese drummer Fred Ferreira (no relation to any former or present NCAA basketball player), they teamed up to form the band Banda Do Mar in 2013.
Mallu also became a mother to daughter Louisa three days after Christmas 2015.
My profile this week features her last two albums, the mostly English singing ballads on the 2013 Highly Sensitive and the new album that was just released in late July on Amazon and most online streaming platforms called Vem (translated means, clear).
Her sound on both albums is both bubbly and good natured. Very laid back vibe, there are so many great songs that it was very difficult for me to pick out a handful at first glance. “Casa Pronta” is a good song on Track 3, along with “Pelo Telefone” on Track 6. On the prior album, 7 of the 12 tracks are sung in English. From the opening number of “You Know You’ve Got” to the title track at Track 3 and the really fun song to close the album, “You Ain’t Gonna Lose Me”, there are plenty of songs to help you get through any weekday or weekend.
If I get some time during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend (otherwise known in most of the United States as the last true weekend of summer), I will try to post a short Q&A session with Mallu.
Feliz aniversário, Mallu e você pode ter um dia especial cheio de amor, felicidade e alegria. Como costumo pensar em meu aniversário, espero que você esteja grato pelas pequenas coisas hoje.
Happy Birthday, Mallu and may you have a special day filled with love, happiness, and joy. As I often think around my birthday, I hope you are thankful for the small things today.
Ginger Zee of ABC News sent out a Tweet on Monday afternoon asking people to go a Facebook page and follow a link to donate any gently used solar eclipse sunglasses to various schools throughout South America and Asia.
What an awesome idea. The more Americans do this, not only will we do the environmentally right thing–but also we could see more people around Brazil and neighboring countries do the ‘ooh’, ‘aah’, and ‘wow’ that the United States was fortunate to experience coast-to-coast for the first time since 1918.
Here is the link. Go tell your friends to do the same. The less trash, the better:
Ginger Zee, da ABC News, enviou um Tweet na tarde de segunda-feira, pedindo às pessoas que vejassem uma página no Facebook e seguissem um link para doar qualquer óculos de sol de eclipse solar de uso suave para várias escolas em toda a América do Sul e Ásia.
Que idéia maravilhosa. Quanto mais os americanos fizerem isso, não só vamos fazer o que é ambientalmente correto – mas também podemos ver mais pessoas ao redor do Brasil e países vizinhos, o ‘ooh’, ‘aah’ e ‘wow’ que os Estados Unidos tiveram a sorte de Experiência de costa a costa pela primeira vez desde 1918.
Aqui está o link. Diga aos seus amigos que façam o mesmo. Quanto menos lixo, melhor:
In doing this blog on one of the newest artists to burst onto the MPB jazz scene, I was a bit perplexed when I tried doing my typical online search.
Instead, I first stumbled across the website supernaturalwiki.com, and it explains in this way what Zanna means:
“In Romanian lore zanna are creatures who guide and protect lost children. Zanna intentionally appear as figments of the child’s imagination, allowing the child to move on with confidence once guidance is no longer necessary.”
Most of those beliefs fit neatly with my newbie artist review and the first one for 2017, if you can believe it.
Her self-titled album was released on April 20, 2017 and is on Spotify, last.fm and other online music players. It is both a very nice and breezy listen. Her voice gives off a very relaxed vibe, which I feel is perfect music if you are either feeling a bit blue or felt like if you survived a really rough day.
I recently gave Agencia Zanna the chance to answer some really interesting questions, so here she is:
1. Seu site falou muito sobre a marca de som. O que os músicos e os indivíduos profissionais podem fazer quando se tornam músicos ou expandindo seu ofício em alguns casos ganham com a leitura de seu livro “The Sound Life of Brands”?
2. Que etapas você teve que superar para produzir este excelente álbum auto-intitulado (aprendendo a ajustar sua voz ou a aprender uma batida diferente de uma música bem conhecida)? Como era que ter produtores e arranjadores chave lhe deram esse som legal do Rio, embora vivam alguns oceanos em Los Angeles?
3. Quais são seus objetivos com este álbum? Existem temas subjacentes em que os fãs devem se concentrar?
4. Dê-nos um instantâneo do que é um dia ou semana típica para você no trabalho. O que você está aprendendo e ensinando diariamente / semanalmente?
5. Com um horário cheio, veremos você possivelmente produzindo um segundo álbum ou escrevendo um segundo livro algum dia antes que esta década esteja fora?
Muito obrigado por ser parte do meu blog. Você definitivamente tem uma boa voz de canto e eu não queria nada além de coisas boas em seu trabalho.
1. Your website talked a lot about sound branding. What can professional musicians and individuals when they attempt to become musicians or expanding their craft in some cases gain from reading your book, “The Sound Life of Brands”?
My book does not have English translation yet, okay? Answering your question: Musicians as well as other professions need to reinvent themselves. The world is changing and with it the habits of consumption as well. Today, the production of musical content is not being paid anymore. The chance that the musician has to make money is playing live and yet, in certain metropolises, to have some visibility they have to pay to play. For these and others, today, being just a musician, composer or singer is very little to have a minimally comfortable life.
No single answer is a solution to this equation. The answer I found was to blend my knowledge of music with my natural aptitude in communication and marketing.
Experience. From this, I studied branding, I observed a lot and had the idea of creating brand sound identity, Sound Branding, from
to improve, through music, the experience in public spaces and connect artists with brands through cultural projects. Theme this amply exported in my book: “The Sound Life of the Marks”.
But honestly, I understand that everyone needs to find their own way, because if you do not really do what you like, if you do not follow their desire and beliefs–nothing goes forward. Therefore, it is necessary to listen and to perceive, which areas (encompassing) beyond the music interest and from there to compose a
product: something that is useful, sellable and aligned with the millennium goals!
2. What steps did you have to overcome to produce this excellent self-titled album (learning how to adjust your voice or learn a different beat of a well known song)? What was it like having key producers and arrangers give you that cool Rio sound, although they live a few oceans away in Los Angeles?
This disc is the result of a whole life of immersion to reach the sound, the compositions, the interpretation and voice I wanted to print. I made other records in my life, but I always composed and kept this content on time. I thought that I would like to do it with excellence, with the best musician and producer in the world, exactly as I wanted it, without any pitches from record producers and so on. For this I would have to have an infrastructure above average. It would take more than my work of money to do exactly what I wanted.
Among the stages was to compose, to pursue my style more and more and it was in Italy, living in the bush, that I dedicated myself very strongly to the composition and I received from present music that today are part of this album. In addition, I wanted to work with a producer (who is held in) high level, sensitive, courageous, who thought big and mainly was not ruling the modinha. Gradually, what was printed in my work became more and more clear. It was classic Brazilian music, pure, but (done) my way. And I could not have found a better product, Moogie Canazio, already a producer of great names in Brazilian and international music. He understood from my work, in the face of the face, two strong people full of personality that together could only result in a job with excellence!
4. Please give us a snapshot of what a typical day or week is like for you at work. What things are you learning and teaching on a daily/weekly basis?
5. With a packed schedule, will we see you possibly producing either a second album or penning a second book sometime before this decade is out?
My whole agenda is around the music. I started this Movement since I was born. This stage of life now includes career building
The Zanna singer, the woman who wants to spread music around the world and delight people. Surely we’ll have a second, a third, a fourth … albums. I have more than 300 songs composed and very thirsty to put them in the world. Now I opened my chest and slowly I show all my props!
Anyway(s), making music is an act of resistance. To tell the world that despite all the ills of this complex time that we are living, the music and mirror of our souls, feed us, make us better humans! Grandma to spruce up, to raise feelings, to thrill people!
Thank you so much for being a part of my blog. You definitely have a nice singing voice and I wish nothing but great things in your work.