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Lydia Gray - Brazilian Breezes

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Lydia Gray
with Ed Eastridge

Betty's daughter Lydia Gray has musical wisdom in her blood - a heritage that comes shining through in Bazilian Breezes. With respectful delight, Lydia Gray and Ed Eastridge handle Antonio Carlos Jobim's masterful songs (and several others) very carefully. Each recording is crafted, arranged, recorded, mastered, and produced beautifully to make this a must-have CD for any music lover's collection. By teaming up with Ed Eastridge, Lydia Gray creates musical magic. It is as if they have worked together for 25 years! Just a spectacular debut solo effort.

"This CD is bursting with beautiful music and sung with a style and grace not often seen in todays' generation."

A Brief Word From Lydia Gray:

Thank you to all who have been so supportive during this project, especially Ed who is a true artist and amazing collaborator and to his family who made me feel a part of them! A special thanks to all the musicians who worked so hard to bring this CD together. Blessings and thanks to Carolyn Bardos, who got us together and wouldn't let us stop! A thousand thanks to Scott and Suzanne- you both are the best! A very special thank you to all who helped with the technical parts of the CD, especially David Grossberg, Jim Baldassare, Bruno Rinaldi and Rodolpho Franconi, Juliana Lafemina Steagall and Tony Monte - I could not have done this without each of you. Finally for my family, words cannot express the joy and love you bring to my life. Mom, Dad, Dick, Kathy and 'the Brood', Elisabeth, Carlos & my Spanish family, and for my angels Stephen, Katie and Nicholas: thank you all for believing and loving me!

- Lydia

  • LYDIA GRAY vocals
  • ED EASTRIDGE guitars
  • DIXIE EASTRIDGE background vocals One Note Samba
  • STEVE FERRARIS percussion
  • BILL CRAIG bass

Track listings:

1. Wave - Antonio Carlos Jobim
2. Triste - Antonio Carlos Jobim
3. Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars) - Antonio Carlos Jobim/English Lyrics by Gene Lees
4. Samba de uma nota so (One Note Samba) - Antonio Carlos Jobim and Newton Mendonca/English lyrics by Antonio Carlos Jobim
5. I Concentrate on You - Cole Porter
6. Insensatez (How Insensitive) - Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinvius de Moraes/English lyrics by Norman Gimbel
7. Desafinado (Slightly out of Tune) - Antonio Carlos Jobim & Newton Mendonca/English lyrics by Jon Hendricks and Jessie Cavanaugh
8. Vivo sonhando (Dreamer) - Antonio Carlos Jobim/English lyrics by Gene Lees
9. Aqua de beber (Water to Drink) - Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes/English lyrics by Norman Gimbel
10. So Many Stars - music by Sergio Mendez/lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman
11. Voce vai ver - Antonio Carlos Jobim
12. Chega de saudade (No More Blues) - Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes/English lyrics by Jon Hendricks and Jessie Cavanaugh
13. Aqua de marco (Waters of March) - Antonio Carlos Jobim

About Brazilian Breezes

Recorded at: Vital Records, Thetford, Vermont
Engineered by: Ed Eastridge and Justin Galenski
Mastered by: Charles DeMontebello, CDM Studios, NYC
Graphic Design:, NYC
Photography: Scott Park
All arrangements: Ed Eastridge
Produced by: Lydia Gray and Ed Eastridge
Executive Producer: Betty Johnson

Review for ALL MUSIC GUIDE, by Steven Loewy, July 12, 2004

Considering that her mother is the gifted swing singer, Betty Johnson, it is perhaps not entirely surprising that Lydia Gray displays the extraordinary talent she demonstrates here. Most of the songs are popular melodies penned by Antonio Carlos Jobim, arranged beautifully by guitarist Ed Eastridge, and sung by Gray in a distinctly dry voice with a slightly behind the beat delivery. She sings most of the pieces in English, with little, if no improvisation, but she infuses almost every tune with bittersweet inflections that make her interpretations so engaging. Her voice is clearly influenced by Susannah McCorkle, and Gray's rendition of "Chega de Saudade (No More Blues)" compares favorably to McCorkle's spectacular recorded version on Concord Records, though Gray sings it differently, with an attractive, somewhat unemotional tinge, reminiscent of Chet Baker at his best. When Gray sings in Portuguese on "Voce Vai Ver," her sensuous, deliciously sonorous timbre steals the day. The arrangements wisely allow Gray's voice a distinctly intimate setting, something she fully exploits with a soft, mellifluous tone. Gray contributes a fascinating version of Cole Porter's "I Concentrate on You," sung with a disarming, Latin flavor that begs for more. Eastridge's writing and his lightly swinging, minimalist guitar add considerably to the overall effect. This is an album to savor, equal to the best of the jazz-oriented Bossa Nova collections, and it captures perfectly the romantic essence of these beautiful tunes. The only downside is the regretfully short recording time.
-Steven Loewy

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