Luciana Souza: House
Luciana Souza (vocals, percussion)
Neruda (Sunnyside SSC 1132)
Luciana Souza (vocals, percussion),
Edward Simon (piano).
Composed by Luciana Souza, with lyrics from a poem by Pablo Neruda, translated by Nathaniel Tarn.
Recorded: New York, no date given (CD released in 2004)
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
In her earlier settings of Elizabeth Bishop's writings, Souza demonstrated the upside to mixing jazz with modern poetry. But her interpretations of the great poet Pablo Neruda are even better. Souza navigates through this careening 7/4 piece with aplomb, and the poetry comes alive with an almost savage beauty. But I am puzzled that the Brazilian singer Souza presents the Chilean poet Neruda in English translation. Does the heavy hand of marketing shape the gentle fingers of art?
Reviewer: Ted Gioia