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Unbreakable Heart

by Sue Maskaleris

Award-winning original Brazilian jazz, jazz & adult contemporary with an edge by the extraordinary singer/keyboardist, composer/lyricist and arranger/producer. Lush orchestrations feat. the great Eddie Gomez, Lenny White, Toninho Horta, Michal Urbaniak.
Genre: Brazilian: Bossa Nova
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Pajamasamba (feat. Paul Meyers)
4:06 $0.99
2. Scat! (feat. Mark Murphy)
2:27 $0.99
3. Unbreakable Heart
5:34 $0.99
4. Child of Three (feat. Michal Urbaniak)
4:42 $0.99
5. Mischief Night (feat. Darmon Meader)
3:47 $0.99
6. The Love Within (feat. Toninho Horta)
5:15 $0.99
7. Can't Cry Over You Anymore (feat. Michal Urbaniak)
5:30 $0.99
8. A Love Sublime (feat. Lenny White)
4:28 $0.99
9. Delgado / Sonhos Reciclados (feat. Eddie Gomez)
4:24 $0.99
10. No, But I Wish... (feat. Rodney Holmes)
4:40 $0.99
11. Younger Dreams (feat. Eddie Gomez)
4:52 $0.99
12. Never to Learn (feat. Toninho Horta)
5:58 $0.99
13. The Love Within (Reprise) [feat. Toninho Horta]
1:15 $0.99
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SUE MASKALERIS is an award-winning singer/keyboardist, composer/lyricist and arranger/producer of Brazilian jazz and jazz, who has performed extensively
throughout the New York area as well as abroad. She has won countless Billboard Certificate of Achievements and ASCAP Popular Awards for her songs.

The opening samba instrumental, "Pajamasamba" was a winner in the JAZZIZ magazine Talent Search,"Keyboards on Fire!" and has been performed by Danilo Perez as well as recorded by Bill Watrous on pianist Bob Albanese's CD.

The zany "Scat!" was 2nd choice worldwide in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Composition Competition, featuring the great Eddie Gomez and Lenny White. They join her on the poignant "Younger Dreams" and on Eddie's "Delgado"-- with Sue's lyrics, as well as on "A Love Sublime." Title tune "Unbreakable Heart" is a funky Brazilian partido-alto groove percolating under a lyric about a touching search of an elusive kind of love, such as the one sought in the last-mentioned song.

"Child of Three", her most requested song, recalls childhood in a funky groove
laid down by extraordinary drummer Rodney Holmes, also featured on the perennially-aired "Mischief Night"-- with its racey lyrics, and on the odd-metered "No, But I Wish..." This song won the Billboard Song Contest, World Category and reached #1 worldwide on Sue scats with her violin before Rodney's powerhouse solo.

Legendary violinist Michal Urbaniak solos on "I Can't Cry Over You Any More" (as well as "Child of Three"), an anthem of the renouncement of love.

Albanese penned "The Love Within," Sue's favorite track on the CD, reprised as the final track. The great Brazilian guitarist/singer/composer Toninho Horta is featured here, as well as on Eddie Gomez's "Delgado" (lyrics by Sue, and also some violin). Toninho shines on "Never to Learn/Nunca Aprender", a Milton Nascimento-esque bossa-ballad with some Portuguese co-translated by Sue, who tears her heart out singing about making the same mistakes in love again and again.

Sue has accompanied legendary singers Annie Ross and Abbey Lincoln; worked with bassists Harvie S,, Mike Richmond, Ron McLure, David Finck; drummers Portinho, Mark Walker; reedmen Bob Mover, Steve Slagle, ; guitarists David Spinozza, Paul Meyers, Marc Ribot; hornmen Wayne Andre, Barry Rogers and Don Elliott, among many other great players.

Her groups have performed at the JVC, Spoleto and Kool Jazz Festivals, the Women's Jazz Festival at Lincoln Center and St. Peter's Church in NYC, and in clubs in in Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA. Sue's original quartet has played at Iridium, Birdland and The Blue Note .She has played solo at Iridium and the Knickerbocker and many other Manhattan jazz clubs. Her original group or Sue alone have performed in Sweden, Ireland, England and Switzerland.



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Marilyn Harris

JOYOUS debut of a Mega-Talent!
I didn't know what to expect from this recording, so I was truly surprised by the inventiveness, quality, groove, production values, etc. - Sue is a MASTER of so many styles with prodigious talents as songwriter, singer, pianist, arranger, producer ! And she's joined by some very talented other musicians. I can only echo the accolades of other reviewers - This is one of my favorite new CDs of 2003.

Carmen Miller

well written, very well performed, varied and won't believe it
Unbreakable Heart is well-written, very well performed, varied and interesting. You won't believe it's a debut release! Sue wrote, arranged and produced most of the songs, as well as performed on keyboards and vocals. The style is smooth...not like smooth-jazz, rather it has the smoothness you get from a good Basia or Jarreau tune.

Pajamasamba, a Corea-esque joyride, immediately showcases Sue's adeptness with the piano...and her ability to scat. On the second tune, Scat! Sue is joined here by vocalist extraordinaire Mark Murphy for this swinging romp. The title tune Unbreakable Heart kicks it up a notch, highlighting her beautiful voice. On the bluesy Child of Three, co-produced by Michal Urbaniak, Sue pulls out her [synth-] harmonica and gets down and gritty with it.

Mischief Night is a steamy tune where Sue gets back to the vocal storytelling (hello Ella). Her enunciation and emotional style shine in the interplay with Darmon Meader's sax riffs. The Love Within slows things up a bit, while keeping the mood light and uptempo. It is a good cover [by Bob Albanese], and shows her abilities, but doesn't have quite the punch of the Maskaleris-written tracks. I Can't Cry Over You Any More, featuring Michal Urbaniak on violin, brings back the dynamic flow.

Delgado/Sonhos Reciclados is a smooth Latin-influenced piece keeps the feel of the CD intact. No, But I straight out of Rio de Janeiro. Never to Learn/Nunca Aprender slows thing down at the end, a sweet finish to a joyous ride. Unbreakable Heart was a pleasant surprise...a keeper.

Eve Zanni, Jazz vocalist

Unique & amazing artist, deep groove, brilliant composer/arranger/musician,w/ su
This CD bowled me over completely! And this effect kept deepening, in subsequent hearings! The title track, Unbreakable Heart is a masterpiece, in every way; performance, composition, musicianship, arrangement. The lyrics are deceptively simple, yet contain a subtle poetic wit. I found this to be the case on many of the tunes on this CD; at first you are impressed with the entire presentation, but then the significance of the lyric and their artistic subtleties, double entendres, start to emerge. No, But I wish, is another favourite of mine, with its odd meter, so perfectly suited to the lament and irony in the lyric. Scat! A Love Sublime, are more examples of masterful lyric writing (substance!) supported by the expertise of a brilliant composer/arranger/musician(form!) Yet, throughout all, there is a deep groove to feel and move with. I can't wait to hear more from this unique and amazing artist.

Steve Frysinger

Outstanding artist, outstanding album! I had the good fortune to jam with Sue back in our teens, and I was amazed at her abilities then. It's incredible to hear what she's become!

Sergio Walking

Different music full of love and harmony
I heard so much good expressions about this disc, that I am afraid to repeat. The music of "Unbreakable heart" fascinates by the intelligent depth and emotional colouring!I recommend it, as it is one of my most liked albums!