Gabriela Anders: Amapola
Gabriela Anders (vocals)
Bossa Beleza (JVC/Japan)
Gabriela Anders (vocals),
Helio Alves (piano), Sandro Albert, Wayne Krantz (guitars), Ruben Rodriguez (bass), Adriano Santos (drums, percussion).
Composed by Joseph LaCalle.
Recorded: New York, 2008
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Those fortunate enough to have caught Rick Braun and George Duke at the 2008 Montreux Jazz Festival received a bonus: the stunning Gabriela Anders. The rest of us will have to wait for another time to catch her live, and meanwhile must content ourselves with her recordings. Often compared to Sade and Astrud Gilberto, this Argentine native has forged her own identity with four previous albums under her belt, Last Tango in Rio, Latina, Electica and Wanting. But this is her first release devoted solely (or perhaps soul-ly) to the Bossa, which may be the genre she was born to sing.
"Amapola," a timeless Latin classic written in 1924, hasn't always enjoyed such a respectful, soothing treatment. Tommy Dorsey, The Three Tenors, Andrea Bocelli, and incredibly Spike Jones have all recorded their unique versions.
Fortunately, this is a satisfying, simple acoustic guitar-oriented bossa treatment, and works perfectly for the delectable timbre of Anders's intimate, cooling voice. Pianist Helio Aves offers up a simple, airy octave solo in counterpoint to the breathy seductiveness of the vocal lines. The result is hypnotic, not unlike the poppy flower for which the song was named. The same could be said for Gabriela Anders, an amapola in her own right.
Reviewer: Bill Barnes