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  • Audio CD (January 27, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sunny Side Records
  • ASIN: B001MIG27O
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,209 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A voice as big and rich as a star-filled night sky. Jazz Times

As a Jazz vocalist and wife of Latin superstar Ruben Blades, Luba Mason has embarked on an exquisite journey of the soul with her new CD, KRAZY LOVE. A rich musical travelogue that explores the arc of modern day relationships and infuses them with Luba s love for the music of Brazil, KRAZY LOVE continues the critically-acclaimed Mason s foray into the realm of contemporary crossover jazz vocals. KRAZY LOVE is set for release in January by Sunnyside Records.

A powerfully emotional song interpreter (All Music Guide), Mason is blessed
with A celestial voice (Los Angeles Times) and genuine incandescence that draws unsolicited attraction when she enters a room. It s not simply the tall blonde s Slovak beauty, but her electrifying musical blending of Latin and Jazz rhythms mixed with the raw emotionality of Folk and Pop.

In her upcoming CD, KRAZY LOVE, Luba executes a cool, Brazilian mood with an intimate acoustic sound. Enhanced by well-known Brazilian musician Renato Neto on piano & keyboards (also pianist for the legendary musician, Prince), Luba is joined by top-notch bassist Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets), percussionist Cassio Duarte, Sandro Albert on guitar and Marco Costa on drums, with guest performances by the world renowned Hubert Laws as well as her husband, Latin great Ruben Blades. In addition to co-producing the album, Luba s blossoming writing talents are premiered in 8 original songs alongside two covers, creating a distinctive yet personal sound and style to this unique blend of melodies.

From the title track, Krazy Love, which sets the tone for the CD to Luba s childhood memories of growing up in her parent s home on This House ; from the flirtatious vibes of romance on the duet (with Ruben) And It Is with You I Go to the feelings of betrayal on the songs From Me To You and A Summer Night ; from the fantasies expressed on Lovely to the celebratory mode of Xmas In July, Luba s CD is a personal and heartfelt exploration of love in all its various stages.

A native New Yorker and first generation American, Luba spent her early youth devoted to training in classical voice, piano and dance. The training paid off with her early acceptance to Circle in the Square Theatre School and New York University s Tisch School of the Arts, straight out of school, Luba was plucked by Tommy Tune to sing and dance on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning, THE WILL ROGER S FOLLIES.

She went on to impress director Trevor Nunn, who cast her in the American premiere of SUNSET BLVD ;. but it was director/impresario Des McAnuff who placed Luba front and center as sex bomb Hedy LaRue next to Matthew Broderick s J. Pierpont Finch in the celebrated Broadway revival of HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS... . A featured role in Paul Simon s THE CAPEMAN preceded Luba s return to center stage as she starred in the Broadway production of JEKYLL & HYDE and then, as Velma Kelly opposite Brooke Shields Roxy Hart in the smash musical, CHICAGO .

Tapped by Ruben Blades (her cast mate in THE CAPEMAN ) as a guest vocalist for his 2003 Grammy Award-winning CD MUNDO, Luba s seamless segue from the New York stage to the Hollywood scene gave her the chance to tackle dramatic roles in guest-starring parts on LAW & ORDER, NYPD BLUE, and NEW YORK UNDERCOVER, and most recently opposite Jeff Goldblum in the psychic detective series, RAINES.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rick Cornell VINE VOICE on May 27, 2009
Format: Audio CD
On this, Luba Mason's sophomore c.d., Ms. Mason adopts a decidedly Brazilian mode. It's tempting to call this a "gabacha does saudade" album (to mix cultural metaphors), except: a) Such albums generally consist of covers of songs by Jobim, Lins, et. al. Most of the cuts on this c.d. are originals (even "From Me to You," which is not the Lennon-McCartney song), except Pedro Caetano's "E Com Esse Que Eu Vou" ( a vocal duet with Ms. Mason's husband, Ruben Blades) and Chico Barque's "Olhos Nos Olhos"; b) With the exception of the Barque cover, there is precious little "saudade" on this c.d. Most of the cuts are sunny, at least in feel, and one ("Gorgeous Fool") actually is pretty funny. All in all, the operative word for this disc is "pleasant." And it's nice to hear Hubert Laws again, bringing back pleasant memories of all those great C.T.I. recordings of the 1970's.

This album should play well on any smooth jazz radio station in the country. Ms. Mason has a nice, strong voice and the arrangements are solidly, professionally done. Ms. Mason and Renato Neto, the keyboardist, have done a nice job in producing this disc. If you are into smooth jazz, I recommend this disc. If you are not, give it a listen anyway and see what you think. RC
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John W. Dunner on October 1, 2009
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With a backing band that includes the Yellowjackets' bassist Jimmy Haslip, Mason, the wife of South American megastar Ruben Blades, cuts a sophisticated Brazilian rug for a living room cocktail hour. Let the title track sway away any hesitations. Swoon to the summer-place space of "A Summer Night." Sure, it's schmaltzy, but indulge yourself. The mood is marred only by the feather-headed lyrics of "Gorgeous Fool," in which the narrator makes excuses for her klutz of a paramour who can't even remember her name.
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Luba has some ability, but there are major issues. Her voice can be very nasal from the middle register up, and it is never better than thin at the top end. She seems to have a personal liking for a nasal sound that does not sound as good as she thinks it does. That said, she breathes and enunciates well and her voice is nicely resonant on lower notes, and in the middle when she is not singing too loudly. I think if she did her best to eliminate the nasality and work the high end harder, she could be really something.

She wrote or co-wrote most of the songs, and none of them made me want a repeat listen. While this album just doesn't do it for me, I would not be surprised if another one did sometime in the future.
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By M. Gomez on November 20, 2012
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I loved this record. Luba is really great and her voice is fantastic. The duet with Ruben Blades (her husband) adds a nice touch to the album. I look forward to listening more of her stuff.
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