Luba Mason brings Brazilian swagger and jazz rhythms together on her release Krazy Love.
Luba Mason - Krazy Love
Krazy Love: Krazy Love, From me to You, Lovely, A Summer Night, E com esse que eu vou, Olhos nos Olhos, This House, Gorgeous Fool, Reunion, Xmas in July
Personnel: Luba Mason: Vocals; Renato Neto: Piano, Keys; Jimmy Haslip: Bass; Marco Costa: Drums; Cassio Duarte: Percussion; Sandro Albert: Guitars; Ruben Blades: Vocals on E com esse que eu vou; Hubert Laws: Flute on My House; Andy Martin: Trombone on Gorgeous Fool; Frank Marocco: Accordion on Lovely
Krazy Love was produced by Renato Neto and Luba Mason and released on the Sunnyside Records label. Regardless of the type of stage, Luba Mason is equally adept on Broadway, an outdoor Jazz concert, or an intimate nightclub; this singer / actress / songwriter / producer's performances are always compelling. The release Krazy Love has Luba embarking on a musical journey with a Brazilian sound mixed with a Jazz rhythm as she wrote or co-wrote 8 of the tracks.
Though Luba is a native New Yorker with Slovakian heritage, this classically trained performer's love of Latin and Jazz music propelled her to create the Brazilian infused tracks on Krazy Love. The title track Krazy Love carries that distinct Brazilian percussion infused sound of a cuica [Brazilian friction drum] that creates a samba tone to complement the jazz rhythms; and her lyrics are soft and entrancing keeping with the samba flow. The track From me to You is all about Luba's vocal prowess and how she can carry a song on her own and how she uses the accompanying musicians as a transition between passages; it seems that her Broadway stage experience has honed her ability to take the ‘stage' front-and-center and carry the sound.
The track Lovely changes the pace as she blends other Latin tones and pacing into the arrangement and the result is a fun and up tempo track. A Summer Night slows the tempo to a soft and reflective track with lyrics like "Calm Water, Shimmering in the moonlight, Warm Breezes, Whispering in her ear." She seamlessly transitions between formats and styles to cast a spell with her music that will keep you entranced.
Paying respect to two great Brazilian musicians she approaches the track E com esse que eu vou, written by Pedro Caetano, and the track Olhos nos olhos, written by Chico Buarque, with an appreciation to the emotion and passion that is an integral part of Brazilian music.
The lyrics of This House are a reflection of influences from her childhood and how her musically inclined parents always brought love, togetherness, and of course music into the lives of their children. Gorgeous Fool oozes with Luba's charm and sexiness as she sings of love-at-first-sight with "Every time I see you smile - I grin, But inside I do summersaults, Get goose bumps all over my skin.......You big - gorgeous fool."
She closes out the release with the tracks Reunion, which carries that Brazilian baseline accompanied by a frolicking tempo and lyrics, and Xmas in July that provides a glimpse into her soul as she renders a poignant song that sways to the sound of the cuica, with lyrics that speak of how in her life special times blend together to form special memories.
Websites where you can procure Luba Mason - Krazy Love are Luba Mason, Amazon, CD Universe, Last FM, Sunnyside Records, and Yahoo.
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