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Book of Chet

Luciana SouzaAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 28, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sunnyside Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,706 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The Book of Chet is Luciana Souza s inspired interpretation of the music of trumpet player and singer Chet Baker. An iconoclastic musical figure, Chet had a unique and lyrical approach to singing informed by his superb musicianship, his singing was heartfelt, yet detached. It is a well known fact that musicians like João Gilberto were listening a lot to Chet Baker and the sounds coming out of the West Coast of the US. That kind of quiet, introspective singing was started by Chet while Miles playing, tone and sensibility ended up influencing many musicians in Brazil.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chet Baker Would Like This CD September 21, 2012
By DROP130
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Numerous "tribute" albums to Chet Baker have been done; but, in my opinion, none have captured the essence of his style until this one by Luciana Souza. Not only is her delivery slow and quiet, but she TELLS the listener in song a love story rather than appearing to show us her singing style and expertise. Since Chet Baker was first a musician and secondly a singer, his approach, to me, was to use the lyric to give a glimpse into his soul, instead of being concerned with the rules a "good" singer should follow. I commend Luciana Souza for doing justice to the memory of a great jazz artist.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chet Baker done proud November 5, 2012
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Souza captured the essence of Baker's unique delivery with these songs. In fact they are as good as anything Baker did himself. The mood, the introspection, the inflections are all here. Yet, she did not set out to copy him. She must have given each of these standards a lot of thought. I can't think of anything she could do to improve on this set.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars what works for Chet may not work for everyone June 25, 2013
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I am a big fan of Souza's and was looking forward to hearing this disk. Although it is well recorded and sung, I don't care for it too much. The predominance of slow ballads, along with the consistent tone (spare acoustic guitar backing, ultra-close mic-ing of her voice, minimal drums) drags me down. Some of the songs cross over the edge of preciousness. The disc could serve as mood music for an appropriate occasion... one in which you were not depending on remaining awake.

Chet Baker had a better chance of carrying off these songs, because his cracked voice could carry an emotional weight that his singing shortcomings benefited rather than subtracted from. He *needed* the close mic-ing, because he couldn't hit the notes with a full voice. With Souza's full voice, the technique sounds affected. Also, Chet would often intersperse his vocal attempts among instrumental songs of different speeds and tones. Here, there's no trumpet or rhythm section to solo and relieve the vocals.

So, I'm not saying that the disk is bad; individual songs have some very good singing and playing. However, as a whole product, I found the disc more annoying than rewarding to listen to. I realize that other reviewers have liked the disc. My review is intended to help provide a complete picture of listeners' response to it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful September 21, 2012
By Ben
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Smooth, mellow, and refreshing. An excellent album, here's to hoping that more will be forthcoming. Luciana is one of those rare artists whom I believe can fill shoes once thought to be left permanently vacant. She is at once classic and fresh. A+
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exquisite as always January 25, 2013
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If you love the music of Chet Baker and particularly the feel of his music, you will appreciate and enjoy the respect and musicianship that has gone into every cut on this album Luciana Souza has the perfect voice for these songs. The arrangements and clarity of recording are impeccable as they are in all her work. There is nothing uptempo on this album ,but that is really the beauty of listening to this album. just curl up and let this haunting lovely music take you away.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the heart! June 30, 2014
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I love it! One reviewer felt overwhelmed by the "ballad-ness" of this album. Whoa, this style genre is almost gone in this noisy era. Thank you Luciana...shades of Jim Hall and more! Please never go away!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chet Baker reborn December 19, 2013
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She reincarnates chet's music and gives it a life born of her voice and her respect for the artist.Songs covered but,not. The whole album is one in which you sit down in a dimly lit room and sip" Campari" and soda with a twist of lime. Thinking to yourself how wonderful life truly is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Relaxing July 17, 2013
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This is a very relaxing collection of music yet it has an edge if you care to listen for it. The instruments and vocals really go well together.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album so much and have played it so ...
I love this album so much and have played it so many times that I need to give it a rest. Luciana Souza is one of the greatest vocalists in the world, whether singing in Portuguese... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Andrew Post
1.0 out of 5 stars A Downer
Terrible. I love Luciana but she made a mistake here. Chet Baker was a jazz trumpeter and vocalist who was also a heroin addict. These are the songs he used to play and sing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MWL
4.0 out of 5 stars She Scats The Trumpet Parts
Just something no one has mentioned about this VERY Chet album. She not only sings like Chet, with no vibrato, seemingly straining for the high notes, lots of air; but she also,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Emily
5.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyed this one
I really enjoyed this one. My wife and I will be listening to her live this Friday in Lafayette, should be a great evening!
Published 9 months ago by O. Thibodeaux
5.0 out of 5 stars The essence of late night vocal jazz
Listening to this is evocative of moody nightclubs and late night record listening sessions with mellow LPs by the likes of Chet Baker and Blossom Dearie:this is the most perfect... Read more
Published 12 months ago by James E. Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars However..... could have been improved with just a bit of up tempo change on some of the tunes to add interest
Published 15 months ago by Cycling Jazzer
2.0 out of 5 stars Boilerplate
Listenable and fine as an addition to the vocal library. This cd cuts no new paths in style or execution and, to be candid, is not terribly interesting in its arrangements. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Alan N. Sandomir
5.0 out of 5 stars Minimal musical mastery
This CD doesn't make you think of Chet Baker. It makes you think about the music. Wonderful songs that never needed bells, whistles, or other adornments to make them moving and... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Green Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars She sings them like she wrote (and lived) them.
This is a very beautiful body of work. Luciana Souza's approach to these classic songs is understated, honest and respectful to the source material. Read more
Published 20 months ago by John C. Bergeron
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