CD Reviews: Kerry Linder ''Sail Away With Me'' Blue Toucan Music
Posted by: Adminon Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 12:00 AM
George W. Carroll
Vocalist Kerry Linder get right down to business with her new disc. I particularly like her latin renditions which communicate the interpretation of her renderings in a startling, & vocally passionate manner.
There's something for everyone here, something exotic, something mystical as well. Kerry helps us 'experience the moment,' showing us the brilliance of the universe........And thus, how truly eternal music really is .
George W. Carroll/the Musicians' Ombudsman
Dear Ms. Linder,
I'm so happy to announce that "Sail away with me" has been very well received by the listeners. As usually, by phone they chose their favorite tracks: "Adeus batucada", "Deixa", "Song for my father" ( Mr. Mossman are simply superb!), "That's all" ( my favorite track; your swing in this song is overwhelming ), "I don't know" and, of course, "Manhã de carnaval".
Well, what can I say? It's simple: you are one of the best singers of our times. You sing the songs in a perfect touching way. In short: you are an amazing talent. Your Cd is a gift for us, jazz & bossa nova lovers.
Last but not least, you worked a talented group of musicians. The solos of Mr. Meurkens are simply breathtaking.
With a Brazilian hug from your fan ( Com o abraço brasileiro de seu fã ),
João da Penha
Kerry Linder Sail Away With Me (Blue Toucan)
In a relaxed and gentle manner, singer Kerry Linder effortlessly mixes contemporary smooth jazz sounds with the undercurrent of her homeland's warm and swaying rhythms. The songs are similarly varied, mingling jazz standards like Horace Silver's 'Song For My Father' with Luiz Bonfá's 'Manhã De Carnaval', Billie Holiday's 'God Bless The Child' with Baden Powell's 'Deixa'. Kerry is accompanied by a fine supporting group of instrumentalists, notably guitarist Paulo André Tavares, bassist David Finck, cellist Erik Friedlander, drummer Helio Schiavo, and percussionist Mauro Refosco, while the guest soloists include saxophonist Paulo Levi and trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman. Soft sounds for warm summer nights. (Buy this now ...)
Bruce Crowther-The Encyclopedia of Popular Music/UK
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Kerry Linder, another WOW! Her take on Horace Silver' SONG FOR MY FATHER just blew me away. I received the CD last Saturday morning and aired the song one hour later on my show, Salsa and Latin Jazz con Sabor Latino, she will be a regular on my playlist's.
Kerry Linder, a native of Curacao (the largest island in the Netherlands Antilles), invites you to 'sail away' to a mythical place with a collection of sensuous, soft, and gently swinging melodies. "Growing up in Curacao exposed me to the rich traditions of the Afro-Caribbean culture and music played an important part in my life," says Kerry, whose linguistic versatility is demonstrated as she moves effortlessly between English and Portuguese. "I use language to convey the passion of the lyrics and to heighten the melodies of Paulo Andre Tavares' sensitive arrangements." Paulo Andre, the guitarist accompanying Kerry, is an accomplished arranger and composer who regularly performs on the professional circuit in Brazil. This CD bears witness to his love of various musical styles, alternating between the old and the new with undertones of bossa, jazz, and blues.
Kerry is joined on this album by percussionist Mauro Refosco, who has recorded with David Byrne and The Lounge Lizards; bassist David Finck; drummer Helio Schiavo; cellist Erik Friedlander; harmonica-vibes player Hendrik Meurkens, who has appeared on several Brazilian jazz recordings since the early 1980s; trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman, Head of the Jazz Graduate Program at Queens College; saxophonist and flutist Paulo Levi, who was recently on tour with Bebel Gilberto; tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Anat Cohen; trombonist Clark Gayton, who plays with Sting; and accordionist Bob Curto -- all highly acclaimed musicians in their own right and an integral part of the New York jazz scene.