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On We Go

by Kenia

Kenia's beautiful, sultry voice invites you to revisit some familiar tunes and meet new songs - from gorgeous ballads to upbeat Brazilian forro, with some cool jazz on the side.
Genre: Jazz: Cool Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. On We Go
3:22 album only
2. Summertime
5:08 album only
3. Que Amor Esse
5:24 album only
4. Melancia
5:49 album only
5. Closer to Me
4:55 album only
6. Pra Qu Que Inventaram a Bahia
4:46 album only
7. Coming Home
4:01 album only
8. Pretty World
4:55 album only
9. For Donato (O Som do Donato)
4:17 album only
10. Illusion
3:56 album only
11. Zureta
4:00 album only
12. Nowhere Man
2:36 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Renowned for her ability to translate the complex rhythms of her Brazilian homeland into jazzy creations that made her a star of the smooth jazz movement two decades ago, Kenia has produced a fresh collection of songs that resonate deeply for her with Mooka Records 2016 release, On We Go.

On We Go began when Kenia reconnected with bassist Paul Socolow and pianist Mark Soskin, who were original members of Kenia’s first band, Pau-Brazil, which recorded her first two projects. Looking to re-ignite the energy and excitement of her earlier albums, Kenia assembled guitarist Sandro Albert , drummer Adriano Santos and percussionist Lucas Ashby to complete the group, with notable guest appearances by guitarist Romero Lubambo and harmonicist Hendrik Meurkens. Sound engineer Jay Dudt, a five time Grammy-winner, assured the sonic brilliance of the project.

The songs of On We Go boasts standards by big names (Gershwin, Lennon and McCartney), works by less well-known contemporary composers (Romero Lubambo, Luiz Simas) and songs written specifically for Kenia by Antonio Adolfo and Ivan Lins, with Kenia contributing lyrics to four of the songs on the project. The music ranges from "Zureta," by Simas, which starts with a nimble vocalese by Kenia and shifts into jazz-edged forró, a style from Brazil's Northeast to a hip, jazzy, signature version of Gershwin’s "Summertime." "For Donato," is a lively, high-energy tribute to the brilliant composer-pianist João Donato, a huge influence on Brazilian jazz musicians, and Kenia pays tribute to Antonio Adolfo’s global standard, "Pretty World (Sá Marina)" with an engaging, original arrangement by Paul Socolow.

For many jazz fans in the 1980s and '90s, Kenia's singing was the gateway to contemporary Brazilian jazz and pop. She stood out from her compatriots because of her intimate, smooth vocals—subtle yet soulful—and her finesse with both American standards and Brazilian material. On We Go will entice a new generation of listeners, as it showcases Kenia at the top of her form with a seductive, polished vocal phrasing. With this release, she has taken us on a beautiful, soulful journey, revisiting her beginnings and looking towards the future - On We Go.



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Back in the 80's, I wore the grooves off of her "Rio/New York" album. It was a very fresh sound. This album does the same thing for me. Great musicianship, arrangement, and production. Thanks for the new record, Kenia. I really appreciate it.