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The Lost Days: Music in the Latin Style


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While it's tempting to call acclaimed diva Denyce Graves's exploration of Latin classical influences a crossover project, that label's pop lightweight connotations don't do justice to the powerful, often uncompromising performances contained herein. Indeed, Graves leans heavily on her collaborators (who include contemporary composers-arrangers-pianists Chucho Valdes, Eliane Elias, and Jose Maria Vitier, as well as arranger-pianist Pablo Ziegler) for both material and stylistic inspiration, creating a collection that's more concerned with true musical synthesis than it is with commercial exploitation. Even the works of Latin classical standard-bearers like Argentina's Carlos Guastavino, Brazil's Villa-Lobos, and Tango master Astor Piazzolla are cast in stark, contemporary arrangements that underscore both Graves's dramatic mezzo voice and the dusky, rhythmically charged dynamics of her quartet of confederates. Cuban great Valdes composed "Romanza de Denyce" especially for the project, further blurring the collection's boundaries between jazz, classical, and pop. If the listener is only familiar with the better-known Latin classical repertoire, this collection may open up some inviting new horizons. --Jerry McCulley

1. Yo Soy Maria
2. Soledad
3. Los pajaros perdidos
4. Haabia-Tupi
5. Plancha
6. Al alba, el bosque
7. Cancao do poeta do seculo XVIII
8. Los dias perdidos
9. Habanera de Lorraine
10. Estrella e lua nova
11. Plomada
12. Milonga sin palabras
13. Romanza de Denyce
14. Te vas de mi

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 21, 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000071WDT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,513 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This record is exquisite in all its elements: the Voice of Graves -voice with a capital V!-, the selections, the arrangements! For me it would take hours to try to decipher its mystery of seduction. A real must for those who love poetry, music and the marriage of both. A real must for lovers of Latin American music. A real must for the senses.
The first time I listened to the cd, it gave me a jolt.
A lot has been said about Graves. She's a wonderful mezzo, with that rich black timbre in her low notes and her lovely lyric high ones. And never mind the language, she knows how to create magic around her.
However, although she's supposed to be the main attraction here, to me the composers steal the show from her.
I've been listening to good music, from opera to streetside, for decades now. And I had never heard anything like Plancha or Plomada, by Guastavino. They're simply astounding.
The Cubans come out very well, Vitier -his music is irresistible- much better than Valdes, whose song verges the common place in what Cuban romanzas are concerned. But they both own the gift of melody and harmony. Soledad is unforgettable.
But what haunts me the most is Milonga sin palabras. What a piece of art!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Jermaine Jackson on July 9, 2006
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Denyce's warm and sensual Mezzo voice is truly spectacular when she sings the right rep. This latin album is literally right up her lane. She brings a dark color to the pieces that accentuates the text and the instrumentation. The singing is remarkably beautiful and the musicians play with an entrancing groove that makes you feel warm all over. I recommend just listening to this album while sitting outside in a park on a warm and sunny day. I believe that you will see the world completely differently. Way to go Denyce!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Patterson on September 14, 2009
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This CD contains so many beautiful songs. Denyce Graves has chosen them well, because they are perfect for her vocal range. There are some familiar composers (Heitor-Lobos, Piazzola) and some lesser-known (well to me anyway) but I felt like I had discovered the New World when listening to this CD. Yes, I was already a Denyce Graves fan, but I am fascinated by Latin music and loved her bold choices of music. The accompaniment varies from piano to piano + accordian (mandoleon) to full orchestration ... and even some "spoken word" by Ms. Graves on "Los Pajaros Perdidos" (my favorite song). Lovely, lush, dense and sultry!
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7 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Denyce Graves es una mezzo de voz carnosa, sensual, evocadora. En este disco de canciones en español y en portugués, la cantante hace lujo de una voz opulenta, muy femenina y de gran pasión. Las canciones están muy bien escogidas y los arreglos son de muy buen gusto. Desde mi perspectiva, la mezzo está más cómoda con el material en español, que resulta ser dominante en el disco, y la dicción es muy clara, lo que es admirable en una cantante de origen e idioma tan separados de la cultura latina. Sin embargo, aunque la dicción es muy clara, la principal falla de esta grabación es también el idioma mismo. Denyce Graves de pronto inicia con un español más que deseable y luego, de pronto, se atropella, dejándo una sensación de insatisfacción en el oyente; pensemos en "Los pájaros perdidos" (uno de los puntos más fuertes del disco) que empieza con una claridad y belleza admirables, que luego, en la parte central de la canción, se pierden cuando la cantante da algunos tropiezos con las palabras. Lo mismo ocurre con la primera pista de "Maria de Buenos Aires": en algunos pasajes la voz es muy clara, pero conforme adquiere fuerza y velocidad, se evidencia el trabajo no resuelto del idioma... pero a esto cabría agregar, a manera de disculpa, que lo mismo ocurre con las cantantes hispanas de ópera...
El disco muestra material conocido y añade algunas canciones prácticamente inéditas (donde se incluye una compuesta para la cantante), y en términos generales, Denyce Graves sale muy bien librada.
Francamente yo recomiendo mucho este disco, más que por otra cosa, por el lujo de escuchar una voz tan opulenta y seductora haciéndose cargo de estas canciones.
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