Catina DeLuna Lado B Brazilian Project (Self-Released)

Catina DeLuna, who was born and raised in Brazil and has a beautiful voice, recently formed Lado B with her husband, the brilliant pianist and arranger Otmaro Ruiz. Lado B (which in Portuguese means “Side B,” the side of an Lp that often contains surprises) also features guitarist Larry Koonse, bassist Edwin Livingston and drummer Aaron Serfaty. The guests on the group’s recording debut Brazilian Project include four percussionists (including Alex Acuna), Bob Sheppard on flute and Nick Mancini on marimbas. On a varied set that includes        
superior pieces by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Milton Nascimento, and Egberto Gismonti among others, DeLuna and her group transform the music into modern Brazilian jazz. Even “The Girl From Ipanema” sounds like a brand new song. Catina DeLuna’s vocals perfectly hit the center of each note, Ruiz and Koonse have many fine solos and the ensembles sound flawless despite the complexity of the music. Get this one! It is available fromcityhallrecords.com

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