Lisbon based singer Guida de Palma (better known as Jazzinho) has recorded a duet with music legend Leon Ware. The song, entitled A Seed In You is a preview of her new album due out soon. “I’m a mother, I’m a singer, I’m a teacher, and I’m a sinner. I play my music in the sun. My music is a mix of Jazz, Soul, MPB and Funk, often referred to as Sambalanço, a genre made popular in the 70s by artists like Banda Black Rio, Tim Maia, Sandra de Sá, Jorge Ben, Copa 7 etc…” says de Palma. For the new Jazzinho album that she is recording, she says that it’s due out sometime later this year and that it will feature some hot new grooves and melodies. Her duet partner, Leon Ware, is a Motown legend, having worked alongside Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, as well as with Quincy Jones and many others. Ware is an accomplished singer and songwriter.
OMAR AKRAM - DAYTIME DREAMER
Omar Akram was the first Afghan American to win a Grammy. Akram’s music reflects his multicultural roots, incorporating piano, violin, guitars, flute, Persian ney and world percussion. “The Grammy win brought me a lot of attention, both from the Afghan media and the people of Afghanistan. Afghanistan is a very divided country that is made up of many different ethnicities and social groups. After being on the radio and television I heard from everyone. The people there can hardly ever unite behind anything, and after I won the Grammy award there was a shared sense of accomplishment. It was a kind of unity I’ve never seen that I was very happy to be a part of.” —Omar Akram // “After copping a Grammy for his fourth record Echoes of Love, Omar is back with a full-on sonic assault to make sure he does it again. Not exactly pop, he does turn it up a notch loading the new age deck with pop and jazz smarts, keeping it buoyant, upbeat and winkingly sassy.” —Chris Spector, Midwest Record
BOSSA: BOSSA NOVA, BALANCO, BOSSAMBA, SAMBABALANCA, SAMBOSSA
An amazing little box set – filled with 10 rare bossa nova albums from the Brazilian underground of the 60s – almost all of which we'd never heard before! The records here were mostly issued on small labels at the time – the kind of sets that never circulated widely outside of Brazil, and which often have unusual and striking sounds that are quite different from mainstream bossa work on labels like Verve or Elenco! There's a fair bit of jazz on most albums, and the instrumentation varies nicely throughout – sometimes more sax up front, sometimes more acoustic guitar, or offbeat horn arrangements, odd percussion, and lots of other sweet touches! Each CD features two full albums, completely with cover art and other details of the records – and the set features the albums Balanco E Bossa Nova by Ritmistas Da Bossa, Sambalanco by Orquesta Moderna De Samba, Isso E Bossa Nova Mesmo by Conjunto Sambossa, Saxsambando by Os Saxsambistas Brasileiros, O Balanco E A Bossa by Conjunto Masterplay, Samba Do Bom by Conjunto Samba De Balanco, Samba Pra Frente by Samba Trio, A Musica Maravilhosa De Antonio Carlos Jobim by Bossa Brass, and the self-titled 1964 album by Os Azes De Bossa. ~, Dusty Groove