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These poems are elegant, direct, sadly reflective of life in their breadth, tapping into an endless reservoir of longing and of love. They demand a similarly elegant, direct, quiet and clean treatment; and that's exactly what Luciana Souza gives them in her original compositions.
Luciana Souza has an incredibly pure alto voice that never strains or cracks, and sounds the same regardless of which register she sings in. I don't know what it is about Brazilian singers, and why they are so able to capture that kind of emotional sound more than their American counterparts (e.g., Caetano Veloso, Milton Nascimento, anyone named Gilberto); but she does it here. And the instrumentation of piano and percussion (which Ms. Souza plays, everything from marimba to conga to snare) is perfect. Not too much, but not little.
Actually, the piano parts by Edward Simon (inspired by Federico Mompou) sound almost classical; I detected a bit of Grieg in "Loneliness", Satie in "Poetry", and Brahms in "Memory". This album is not for jazz purists; but if you like beautiful music that grows on you with each listen, regardless of genre, then this album is for you.
Ms. Souza was voted the #1 "Rising Star" in the 2004 Down Beat poll. She merits that; but on this evidence, she won't be a "rising star" for very long. As I said, highly recommended. RC
Edward Simon's incisive piano and the magical words by Neruda-- even in translation. Only comparison to Norah Jones I see is that
there's an emphasis on quiet-- but NERUDA is at a whole different,better level I think. One of the great 'art song jazz' albums-- and I also like the incorporation of a few Mompou
melodies-- just the right nostalgic, 'simplified' Chopin touch.
So far in '04, my favorite album of the year in any genre.
And if you've never heard Neruda's work, Luciana Souza's interpretations are heavenly. Well work every penny!
Here's a few facts. Souza is a fabulous singer. This is based on SOME of her previous cds and a mesmerizing live performance with Danilo Perez. In my experience Neruda, and most Spanish poetry, does not translate well into English. I received a book of his poetry and found it very bland. I checked with Spanish speakers and they confirmed translation problems. This is a music review however, not literature.
Now for the my review. I like it. The use of few instruments on each song and yet a variety of instruments throughout the cd make it enjoyable and interesting. Many of the other reviewers compared it to Holiday, Vaughn, Acuna and other great jazz/latin singers. I don't think this is a competition and if it was this cd would not be entered in that category. This is not a huge record. It is stripped down, almost stark. If I had to compare it to the performances of other singers I would go for Laura Nyro performing solo or Joni Mitchell.
I am glad to hear something like this because Souza is trying to make an artistic statment, not money. While it has it's failings, for me, it is ultimately more enjoyable than the predictable output of high dollar artists.
Listen to this for what it is, good music of no sepcific target genre. It won't take your breath away, but it will sneak up on you from time to time and make you think or sigh. Give an objective listen.
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Ms. Souza's considerable talent is very much in evidence in this evocative, unusual album. For anyone who admires the poetry of Pablo Neruda, and for all those who have yet to... Read morePublished 5 days ago by fearless
As a Spanish speaker and admirer of (any) literature, I do believe that the most important aspect of any poetry is -- more than rhyme and structure -- its rhytm; unless, of course,... Read morePublished on January 1, 2008 by Laszlo
Neruda is a remarkable collection of songs by a singer whose stylistic range is uncommon. Luciana Souza shows that talent cannot be restricted by borders and a true artist can map... Read morePublished on April 28, 2004
OK, Luciana Souza is not a bad singer at all. But now she introduces herself as *a serious composer*... Read morePublished on April 26, 2004
If you are not familiar with Pablo Neruda poetry this album will send you to the books section for a book of his poems. Read morePublished on April 23, 2004 by Julio Sorel
Listening to this album is like watching a ballerina walking a tight rope: the voice so pure, the poems so enchanting and yet intimate induce a state of suspended grace you wish... Read morePublished on April 23, 2004
This recording shows the ongoing development of this extraordinary artist. Ms. Souza's passion for poetry (which was earlier explored in the 2000 recording "Poems of... Read morePublished on April 23, 2004 by Lorraine Weinstein