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CD Review: Andrea Wood - Dhyana

Contributors: Wilbert Sostre
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  • Genre: Jazz - Vocal
  • Personnel:
    Musicians: Andrea Wood - vocals, percussion, Noble Jolley - piano (1,3,5,8), Nathan Jolley - drums (1,3,5,8,11), Blake Meister - bass (1,2,3,5,8,9,11), Amy Bormet - piano (4,7,10), Terence Arnett - drums (4,7,9), Justin Parrott - bass (4,7), Elijah Jamal Balbed - tenor saxophone (4,7), John Lee - guitar (6.11), Herbert Beach - guitar (9), Victor Provost - steel pan (2), Tosin Aribisala - congas, percussion (2)
  • Tracks:
    Tracks Comes Love, Pra que discutir com madame, The end of a love affair, Hold on to the Center, Someday my Prince will come, Syracuse, My Favorite Things, For the meantime, Chega de Saudade, A time for love, I only have eyes for you

It is amazing the vast experience and maturty young jazz musicians and singers are able to accumulate these days. A case in point is jazz singer Andrea Wood. This Washington DC native studied classical voice and piano at the Duke Ellington School of Arts, has a Bachellor in Jazz performance at Michigan State University, studied reggae in Kingston, Jamaica, worked in France and sings in over four languages. Quite impressive! But even more impressive is how Wood applies all that knowledge and experience to her music.

Wood moderate vibrato at the end of each line and astonishing vocal range inject her phrasing with a dramatic effect, quite effective in coveying the emotions of a song.

Wood also did all the arrangements and each one reflects the diversity of influences on her music. The funk version of "Comes Love", the interesting fusion of calypso with samba rhythms on Haroldo Barbosa "Pra que Discutir com Madame" and the reggae arrangement of "I only have eyes for you" are some examples of this diversity.

"Someday my prince will come" starts with a classical feel before it changes into a swing groove. The arrangement at the beginning of "My Favorite Things" is similar to that of John Coltrane with some tempo changes at the end.

Anothet talent of Andrea Wood is her abbility to sing in different languages as she does in perfect french and portuguese on the bossas "Syracuse" and Jobim's "Chega de Saudae". Wood also plays percussion and wrote the lyrics to Wayne Shorter's "Hold on to the Center".

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