Digital Albums

Influência do Jazz

Maija

“Influência do Jazz” features many of the world class jazz musicians who have played with me during my career as a singer of jazz and Brazilian standards. Wayne Wilentz, “the Maestro,” is the central player, tireless mentor, and musical director for this project. The dazzling cast of featured musicians are Richard Miller, Leonardo Lucini, Alejandro Lucini, David Jernigan, Jim West, Roberto Santos, Mark Prince, Marty Nau, Matvei Sigalov, James King, Catherine Bent, Tommy Cecil, Chris Battistone, Alfredo Mojica, David Kane, Drew Gress, Charlie Byrd and Mike Smith. Of historical interest is the track featuring celebrated guitarist, Charlie Byrd. Tommy Cecil, Charlie Byrd and I recorded "Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar" in 1993 with Bob Dawson at Bias Studios in Springfield, Va. This recording has never been released prior to this pressing. Also recorded at Bias by Bob Dawson during this same period are Insensatez and Embarcação. Dindi and Influência do Jazz were recorded by Dani Cortaza at InTune Studio in Hyattsville, Md. The remaining tunes were recorded at Gizmo Studio, Silver Spring, Md. All the tunes were mixed by Gantt Kushner with the exception of Embarcação which was recorded and mixed by Bob Dawson. Mastering done by Wolf Productions. Photos of Maija by Darwyn M. Dave.

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Before We Lose Tomorrow

Maija

​The last two CDs in this review don't hop between styles. They are simply straight up, beautifully sung jazz. Maija is a veteran singer making her first recording on "Before We Lose Tomorrow." She has a slightly husky voice with overtones of Camen MacRae and Chris Connor in her singing and Sarah Vaughan in her scatting. Her CD has a swinging and seductively performed program of standards, Latin songs and a couple of surprises. Eyebrows might be raised at the inclusion of two 70's pop hits, Roberta Flack's and Donnie Hathaway's "Where Is The Love" and Gladys Knight's "I've Got fo Use My Imagination," but don't worry. "Where Is The Love" is reshaped into a moderate-tempo jazz tune with laidback horn punctuation and "Imagination" is a slow blues with stalking bass and a lowdown tenor solo by Glenn Cashman. Mike Crotty's sharp horn arranging on several tracks is a plus but the feature is really Maija's voice, an instrument rich with soul, class and vitality. She's an excellent addition to the world of jazz singing

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In Another Lifetime

Maija

Haunting melodies in harmonic tapestries, and stirring Brazilian rhythms and amazing constellation of musicians, such as Charlies Byrd, Paul Bollenbach, Drew Gress and Claudio Roditi.

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