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Jazzmérica

by Alexa Weber Morales

Cassandra Wilson meets Gal Costa: Whether in Spanish, English, Portuguese or French, Alexa's rich voice and revealing lyrics stir your soul with lush latin jazz backed by such all-stars as Wayne Wallace, John Santos and Frank Martin.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. But I'm Weak
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2. I Did It, I Live It
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3. All Blues
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4. Les Feuilles Mortes/Autumn Leaves
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5. Down in the Everglades
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6. Smile Please
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7. Luz do Sol
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8. Mountains to Flatten
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9. Morning
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10. Your Love
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11. Play That Song of Love and Rage
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I love all music--the kind that makes you dance, the kind that makes you think, the kind that makes you dream. I wrote my first songs during a few gypsy months in 1990, and one of them, "Down in the Everglades," appears on this album. At the beginning of Miles Davis's "All Blues," we offer up a canto to Yemayá, the Afro-Cuban orisha of the sea, and we end the album with a song fed by images from my travels across North and South America as well as my journey as an artist.

I'm fascinated by how the African diaspora colored each European culture it was brutally blended with--the Anglo in America, the Spanish in Mexico and Cuba, and the Portuguese in Brazil. And so, among other things, we've got jazz, salsa (a version of Stevie Wonder's "Smile Please"), bolero (Caetano Veloso's ode to the circle of life and how man destroys it with his fist), reggae (a lilting look at the apathy and greed driving us into environmental destruction), samba (a futile effort to flee the vortex of passion), and something Wayne Wallace and I wrote together: "I Did It, I Live It." We think we'll call it samba caribe: a gumbo with reggae, samba and Trinidadian flavors. Enjoy!

--Alexandra L. Weber Morales

Praise for "Jazzmérica"
"What a joy to hear Alexa sing these songs. Such soul, passion and beauty mixed with Wayne's exquisitely creative arranging and production touch is an inspiring combination."
-Mike Marshall
Mandolinist, composer
Partner, Adventure Music

"Alexa's considerable versatility, flexibility and talent, combined with Wayne Wallace's vision, make her debut recording a wonderful success. Her future is bright."
-John Santos
Percussionist, composer, educator
Machete Ensemble

"You go girl! You swing! I'm glad you're willing to put your talent toward a good cause! You obviously learned from many wonderful musicians and I hope now will be a time when this can mix into the vibe of a beautiful and much needed social movement. I hope to see you perform at some great festive event!"
-David Kromm
Music promoter and activist
Music for America.org

More About Alexa
Alexa Weber Morales combines clarion vocals, high-voltage rhythm and emotive power in one compact package. Fluent in four languages, she fearlessly crosses borders with lush, acoustic jazz, boleros, salsa and samba. A percussionist, dancer, pianist and tree-climber, Alexa writes songs about smoldering obsessions, resourceful outcasts, captured sinners and freed spirits. Her new CD, "Jazzmérica," is produced by three-time Grammy nominee Wayne Wallace and boasts an all-star band including Frank Martin, John Santos, Ricardo Peixoto, Michael Spiro, Paul Van Wageningen, David Belove, Edgardo Cambón, Melecio Magdaluyo and many others.

Alexa has performed with such artists as the late Carlos Federico, Dave Mathews, Carlos Oliveira, Edgardo Cambon, Phil Thompson, Stephanie Ozer, Vince Mansel and--as a child at Malcolm X Elementary School in Berkeley, California--Bobby McFerrin. At the Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana, Cuba, she studied with Adrian McPherson, Andrés Olén and Cesar "Pupy" Pedrosa, culminating her stay in a performance for the national conservatory. While there, she also wrote and performed her first salsa tune, inspired by the pure and pulsing polyrhythms of the island. Her first full-length CD, released in September 2004, was the result of a magical collaboration with producer Wayne Wallace.

Wayne Wallace is a trombonist, producer and arranger whose credits are a testament to his artistic drive, insatiable curiosity and pedagogical talent. He has produced and arranged for Pete Escovedo, John Lee Hooker, Phyllis Hyman, Chris Isaak, Dr. Loco's Rockin Jalapeño Band, Machete, Jesús Díaz and QBA, and Santana. Performances read like a who's-who of American all-stars, including Pearl Bailey, the Count Basie Orchestra, Diane Carroll, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Earl "Fatha" Hines, Lena Horne, Bobby Hutcherson (with whom he also studied), Irakere, Eartha Kitt, Gladys Knight, Patti Labelle, Manny Oquendo and Libre, Tito Puente, The Temptations, Los Van Van, Stevie Winwood and Stevie Wonder. But beyond the stellar credentials, musicians around the world know this San Francisco native as a generous and winsome mentor who never fails to inspire.

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Andre Bush, guitarist, composer, Guitar Player magazine contribu

Vocals are sublime! Great songs, great vibe!
What more can I say other than congratulations on creating a work of art that will be of lasting value and speaks to the best of what we can achieve in this crazy-ass world. My respect and admiration....brilliant!
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James Thompson

Risky but rewarding!
It could have been a one-note samba. Instead this album plays with rhythm and style and surrounds you with Alexa's sultry voice. It's a leap, but so luscious.
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Enrique Santillano

No me canso de escucharlo!
Gracias Alejandra por este esfuerzo tremendo. Nunca he encontrado un artista tan vers'til. Dominas no solamente los idiomas sino tambien los estilos de latinoam'rica. 'Felicidades!
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Jesse "Chuy" Varela, East Bay Express

Critic's Choice: ENTHRALLING LATIN JAZZ
Since releasing her aptly titled debut album Jazzmérica, exultant vocalist Alexa Weber Morales has bounced around town as a solo artist and in collaboration with the newly formed Bay Area Latin Jazz Orchestra. A genre-bounding performer who sings in four languages, she's especially well-versed in jazz and Latin music, delivering consistent soul-stirring performances. She performs with an all-star cast of resident musicians that will leave you entertained and enthralled. (Jesse "Chuy" Varela)
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Mark Ruffin, Listen Here! syndicated radio show

There\'s something about that San Francisco scene--the music is great!
Everyone knows about Stevie Wonder's penchant for Latin music. I think he would be really proud of this version of his tune Smile Please that Alexa Weber Morales sings in English and Spanish. Her originals are good, but the things she covers--All Blues, Clare Fischer's Morning--are just great.
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Dan Keller

Alexa is a Bay Area treasure
Ironic that Alexa starts her album with "But I'm Weak"... Weak is what she isn't. What a wonderful CD! I've listened to it, oh, maybe 50 times now. Her remarkable chemistry with the brilliant Wayne Wallace lays sublime arrangements beneath soaring vocals. Once or twice a year a CD grabs me like this. Usually it's Gal Costa. Once it was Sandy Cressman. Another was Rebecca Mauleon. Now it's Alexa's turn. You go, girl!
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Cadence Magazine, November 2005

Something different, something new, and a lively session with a contemporary nat
Alexa Weber Morales sings with a dynamic force. ... Morales straddles the fence between established musical tradition and improvisation. She overdubs her own voice to provide backup singers and invites a multitude of percussion artists for a stirring arrangement of All Blues. She sings Autumn Leaves in French with a lovely ballad accompaniment. She delivers Clare Fischer's Morning brightly in Spanish with a cha-cha texture that puts a smile on your face. The lyrics are her own. ... While her eclectic mixture of musical arrangements done in several languages appeals to a broad audience, it also proves that she's proficient in each. Morales sells her ballads with deep affection, rides her street sambas joyfully, and digs into Jazz and Blues with heartfelt emotion.
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Jesse Chuy Varela, Latin Beat magazine

The hemispheric diversity is delightful; her soul sees no borders
Bay Area vocalist Alexa Weber Morales is an artist just waiting to happen. You can hear the enjoyment she derives from singing, as well as the chops that she?s honed to get to this point on Jazzmérica, her debut outing. The SF Bay's Wayne Wallace, the extraordinary arranger and trombonist, co-produced the sessions with Alexa and created a patchwork of African-derived jazz fusion that is swinging. The hemispheric diversity is delightful. But I'm Weak is an original by Morales that takes us to Brazil. I Did It, I Live It is a "samba caribe," a gumbo with reggae, samba and Trinidadian flavors. All Blues is done in a 6/8 Afro-Cuban style, with John Santos on percussion. My favorite is the lush Manhattan Transfer-style vocal rendering of Claire Fischer's Morning. Overall, Morales shows on this album that she is a jazz singer at heart but with a soul that sees no borders within its musical perspective.
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Robert Kyle, Dark Delishious Music

Fun mix of Afro-Cuban-Brazilian-Reggae-Bolero and other styles
I finally just got the chance to listen to your great CD, and it sounds fantastic! Great tunes, performances, fun mix of Afro-Cuban-Brazilian-Reggae-Bolero and other styles, cool arrangements, and well recorded. I really dug your acapella version of "Morning" ala Bobby Mcferrin/Vocal Sampling. Nice! And did I count FOUR languages you are singing in?? You sound great Alexa!
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Jay Strickwerda

She sizzles!
Alexa sizzles all the way through this! I first experienced her magic as a Church cantor, where she delivers spine tingling hymns and spirituals and moves many listeners with her gifts... imagine my happy surprise when I first heard this CD, and discovered how incredibly versatile this woman is!
Whatever style she chooses to sing, the songs pour out of her ringing with passion and honesty.
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