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Four Sweets

by Kay Martin Band

Fresh ensemble "suites" blending Afro-Brazilian rhythms, classic Brazilian jazz, and great American tunes. Soaring vocals buoyed by outstanding musicianship, arranging, & composing in earthy samba-reggae grooves.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. My Man
6:01 $1.49
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2. If These Walls Could Speak
3:42 $1.29
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3. Chega De Saudade
5:13 $1.49
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4. A Felicidade
6:02 $1.49
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This project develops different genres in Afro-Brazilian rhythms to find where swing meets bossa, where reggae meets country, where soul and samba are the same.

The longer story: When percussionist Kirk Brundage and I first met, both newly relocated to LA in 2003, we bonded over Brazilian music and culture, white gringos that we are. A classically trained and accomplished musician, he had become an expert in Afro-Brazilian percussion from Bahia (popularly known as samba-reggae, or Axe) and I had taken Brazilian family, culture, and music into my home and heart for many years.

We had the same idea at the same moment: to arrange different kinds of music in samba-reggae: soul, blues, pop, folk, and country as well as standards—including traditional Jobim Brazilian jazz classics. Through grace and good fortune we were able to bring on board the awe-inspiring talents of pianist Liz Kinnon, bassist Hussain Jiffry, guitarist Roberto Montero, and drummer Enzo Todesco (for fuller list of credits see below).

I once heard Carlos Lyra say in an interview that Bossa Nova started because these young middle-class men from Rio de Janeiro played guitar but couldn’t really play samba. I wanted to bring together the Baiano beats with the Carioca—and with what was happening here in American popular music at the time of the explosion of Brazilian onto the American scene: 60s to 70s. And jazz standards of course, because that’s where I’m coming from, and jazz is basic to American music. I was interested in how these rhythms can blend, how they can fit each other, where they intersect. To me these blends are playful, exhilarating, celebratory.

These four “suites” explore this concept, as well as bring together, blend and adapt, the samba of Rio with several Afro-Brazilian rhythms from Bahia. For the four songs (respectively) the rhythms move from reggae to the streets of New Orleans; from merengue to rock; from samba reggae to samba; and from samba afro to fricote to samba.

We have reinterpreted the Billie Holiday standard My Man as a woman’s international manifesto of passion; Jimmy Webb’s If These Walls Could Speak as a paean to family love; the Jobim classic Chega de Saudade with a fresh accurate English transposition; and Jobim’s masterpiece A Felicidade as a lyrical saga of nature and culture.
They are intended to reveal and to celebrate Oneness.

We hope this innovative exploration with its world-class international band will please and delight you. It is movin’ music!
For more on the project, the individual songs, the musicians, and how we worked—please visit my website—thanks for your interest!

Kay Martin Band:
Kay Martin: vocals
vocal perc & English trans.
French rap lyrics with Marina Urquidi
Liz Kinnon: directing/arranging, keys,
horn composition
Kirk Brundage: percussion
Hussain Jiffry: bass
Roberto Montero: guitar
Enzo Todesco: drums
with:
Richard Mitchell, tenor sax
Jeff Bunnell, trumpet
Charlie Morillas, trombone
Marcos Dosantos, tanta

Produced by Kay Martin
Recorded/ mixed at Big City Recording, LA
Engineer (& production help): Paul Tavenner
Vocals coached/produced by Trelawny Rose
Portugese coached by Sandy Cressman
Mastered by John Tyree in New Orleans
Cover photo: Mike Quain
Cover art: Dennis Gallagher/Visual Strategies


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