Andréa Wood | Dhyana

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by Andréa Wood

Dhyana explores several different facets of Andrea Wood's versatile musicianship found in R&B grooves, Brazilian classics, and chilling ballads. Andrea Wood's voice is simultaneously powerful, rich and sensitive and always rooted in passion and purpose.
Genre: Jazz: Progressive Jazz
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1. Comes Love Andrea Wood
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2. Pra Que Discutir Com Madame? (feat. Victor Provost and Tosin Aribisala) Andrea Wood
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6:54 album only
3. The End of A Love Affair Andrea Wood
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4. Hold On To the Center (House of Jade) (feat. Elijah Jamal Balbed) Andrea Wood
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5. Someday My Prince Will Come Andrea Wood
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7:40 album only
6. Syracuse Andrea Wood
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7. My Favorite Things (feat. Elijah Jamal Balbed) Andrea Wood
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8. For the Meantime Andrea Wood
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9. Chega De Saudade Andrea Wood
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10. A Time For Love Andrea Wood
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11. I Only Have Eyes For You Andrea Wood
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Album Notes
**Dhyana debuts at #15 on CMJ Jazz Charts- 5/19/11**

"Wood’s debut album, Dhyana, charts a path of constant diversity. It starts off with “Comes Love,” a back-pages classic that’s usually approached with a bluesy swing. Her version begins with a pattern from upright bassist Blake Meister that could well be the first 15 seconds of an old A Tribe Called Quest track, then drummer Nate Jolley kicks in with a bouncy hip-hop beat. Through it all, Wood’s voice is viscous and strong, sensitive but centered. She reads the classic tune’s airy, “oh well” lyric with a knowing sensibility beyond her years (she turns 24 in a week).

Over the next three tunes, Wood sings in Brazilian over a bass-congas-steel pan combo (“Pra Que Discutir Com Madame”); gives a robust if relatively traditional reading to a classic, poignant ballad (“The End of a Love Affair”); and completely refashions a lesser-known Wayne Shorter piece (“Hold on to the Center [House of Jade]”). “House of Jade” was originally a slow-burning, Eastern-influenced dirge, but Wood turns it into a mid-tempo tune with a modern Latin groove and adds a personal set of lyrics that reflect her album’s title. (Dhyana is a word from Buddhist scriptures representing a process of contemplation and self-discovery.)

From here, the album continues with a song in French (the beguiling “Syracuse”), an original (the intimate ballad “For the Meantime”) and a few more standards with inventive arrangements. Throughout, Wood’s voice has gravity and, appropriately, self-awareness; it’s the strong epoxy holding together this varied collection of tunes.

This is only the beginning of what’s on pace to be a fascinating, dynamic career."
-Capital Bop

“The Duke Ellington School of the Arts graduate moves fearlessly up and down octaves, all the while maintaining a distinct sense of purpose. She can explore the upper register in a beguiling waft, or plunge into the basement with buoyant, swelling articulation.”
-Giovanni Russonello, Capital Bop


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Elizabeth S

Best young, female jazz singer out today
If you want to hear real -- and I mean real, genuine, artistic -- music, this is the album for you. Ms. Wood's vocal talent supersedes that of any other female musician in this particular genre of jazz music. The tracks are diverse, though Ms. Wood consistently maintains a beautiful, smooth, and unique tone that literally gives one chills. Yet, at the same time, listening to this album is like sinking into a warm bubble bath with a glass of wine. I cannot think of any words that truly express how unequivocally gorgeous her voice truly is. It's very clear that Ms. Wood will have many years of professional success ahead of her. Simply no one else compares.

Peter L

First of all, Andréa has an incredibly beautiful voice. She is extremely musical and it is impossible to not be drawn in by her expressiveness in each of the very different tracks. I haven't been able to stop listening to her CD because she just takes you away with her art. This is honestly one of the best things I have listened to in a very long time!

S.R. Naslund

This is an amazing new singer . Her voice is rich and send chills down your back...yet it's easy to have on while drinking wine with a friend. Every song has something different. Amazing musicianship!