Artists Worth Checking Out: Velas Smooths Out Any Weekday or Weekend
Jose Marino (bass) and John Pisano (guitars) both have had long, distinctive careers. Although very little information is available online about their careers, they both created quite a magical album in 1991.
Featuring many slow to medium tempos and cool, calming rhythms throughout–Velas from Voss Records is one worthy jazz album to add to your collection.
Leading off is the instrumental ballad “Ilha Dos Frades” (translated to “Dos Frades Island”). Longtime MPB artist Kevyn Lettau lends her vocals to the Yutaka Yokukara led “Whenever Your Heart Wants To Sing” on Track 2. Lettau blends in more Portuguese on Track 5, “Muito Mas” (or “But Very”).
Another recognizable track is Track 8, the toe-tapping, hand-clapping “Voltei Pra Ficar” (translated meaning, “I Want To Stay”). It is a really cool song for any lazy summer’s day. Even Kleber Jorge lends in some background vocals on the last track, “Bosco Mania.”
The remaining tracks take on a very carefree, methodical pace just right for those lazy days lying on the beach or sipping your favorite cocktail after surviving a rough week in the workplace.
Next week, I will hope to find a cool album cover profiling Claudio Zoli.
Hope to see you then.