Artists Worth Checking Out: Gabriela Anders exudes plenty of beautiful melodies

Image courtesy of qobuz.com (above) and israbox.com (below)

Image courtesy of qobuz.com (above) and israbox.com (below)

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Gabriela Anders is a singer and pianist who was born in Buenos Aires on March 17, 1972.  Combining her love of Latin music and sensible rhythms, the two albums highlighted are definite must-adds to any Brazilian jazz lover’s collection.

On “Last Tango in Rio” (2004), she blends in the talents of various drummers, bass players, and even a bandoneon on “You Go To My Head”.  The George/Irina Gershwin classic tune also gets a Latin vibe on Track 3 with “Love Is Here to Stay.”  Most of the songs are slow to medium tempo with the last four tracks blended in sensibility and plenty of calm notes to soothe the soul.

On her Wanting album from 1998, tracks 2 (“The Girl from Ipanema”) and 3 (the title track) each last over four minutes.  Both songs are definite must listens, as she closed her liner notes by saying,

“Thanks for “Wanting.”

There are also several cleverly placed B&W images of Gabriela wearing a standard sample every woman should wear from time to time–a little black dress.  Even one image shows her clearly trying to fight off the wind on a not-so-busy street corner, which I guess might have taken a bit more effort during that particular photoshoot.  Again, this is just the opinion given by a loyal blog fan.Even with Gabriela branching out to more Brazilian jazz with her recent effort, “Bossa Beleza” (2009).  The fifth track is definitely worth the price of admission, paying tribute to the Rolling Stones with “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”

Bottom line, all CD’s are available and this artist is definitely going places with her current time being spent conducting private lessons in New York City on perfecting the craft of singing Latin and Brazilian jazz.

Next week, I plan to profile a dual artist who came up with a nice effort during 2007 and sparked my imagination during 2012.  Hope to see you then!  In the meantime, please try to stay warm and dry.

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