Picture a white sand beach, the shade of a palm-frond, crystal-blue skies and ocean, a citrus-flavored drink in hand, and a singer who slides up to the microphone in front of a group of top-flight Latin jazz musicians to provide the perfect smooth, silky, sultry entertainment. On their debut album, Summer Samba, Irene and Her Latin Jazz Band play music that feels like a free ticket to the Caribbean, Central or South America, or even the South Seas.
Although Irene Nachreiner started out as a traditional jazz vocalist singing classic standards out of the Great American Songbook, Latin music took over her repertoire a couple of years ago when she met the core members of her band who are from Brazil and Argentina--bassist Daniel Groisman, acoustic guitarist Marco Tulio and percussionist Cristiano Novelli. When they began performing and recording together, the chemistry worked so well, Irene decided to put together an entire album of smooth Latin jazz using this band and a few special guests on piano, saxophone and flute....
All About Jazz - Los Angeles/San Francisco/Chicago Edition
December 2007/Vol. 5 No. 11
If your idea of heaven is Brazilian music of he bossa nova vein, you've just passed through Saint Peter's gates with Summer Samba. Sweet-voiced Irene Nachreiner sways through a cornucopia of '60s samba with a slick, light and glossy band.
Songs like Jobim's One Note Samba and Waters of March evoke images of Brazil, with Irene's infectious pop treatment of these tunes from the great South American songbook. Songs that we've grown accustomed to that have even a hint of samba flavor like Whatever Lola Wants are treated with a twinkle in the eye with the extra groove kicking in.
What catches ones ear with a raised eyebrow are her wonderful Brazilian additions to songs like My Heart Belongs to Daddy and Let's Face the Music and Dance.
Just as Count Basie and Benny Goodman could swing anything that would come their way, Irene transforms these Tin Pan Alley tunes into snappy and infectious salsas.
Cheerful, bright and optimistic, Irene can't help but cheer you up if you're down in the dumps or feeling the blues. Summer Samba is a great recording to start and if you've ever wondered what drove the music world mad in the '60s besides the Beatles pick up a copy of your own for a taste of summer in the winter.
REVIEW FROM Borderland, UK NOVEMBER 2007
Irene & Her Latin Jazz Band - Summer Samba [VRC 8201]
There are few review CDs that I receive which are so good that I play them twice in a row - but this is most definitely one of them. With winter looming here over the UK and only long gloomy days ahead to look forward to, the dazzling sunshine of this album of sambas and Latin jazz is a most welcome attraction.
Irene Nachreiner is an established jazz singer who has been drawn to Latin music in recent years and this, her debut album, is the result of meeting a small group of musicians from Brazil and Argentina who also match her enthusiasm for the samba. Think the classic Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz recordings, but sung much more warmly and with great humour.
The fourteen tracks mix original sambas along with 'Great American Songbook' tunes such as My Heart Belongs To Daddy, Let's Face The Music And Dance and Whatever Lola Wants, all given the samba treatment.
Irene's vocals dance over the Latin rhythms, adding a warm sensuality that draws the listener in, inviting them onto that golden beach and relaxing with long cold drinks. If there was ever an album full of good vibes then this is it, great for parties and for relaxing to. Easily one of my albums of the year and a winter warmer!
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Irene And Her Latin Jazz Band - Summer Samba November 9th, 2007 by hbh
Summer Samba Irene And Her Latin Jazz Band are the perfect combination of modern smooth jazz and traditional Latin music. On their debut album, Summer Samba Irene sings most of the material in English, but also one tune each in Spanish, Portuguese and French. Irene is a Los Angeles native, but the core members of her band are from Brazil and Argentina - bassist Daniel Groisman, acoustic guitarist Marco Tulio and percussionist Cristiano Novelli (plus a few special guests appear on piano, saxophone and flute).
Irene chose some of her favorite Latin tunes that she has heard over the years, and then did extensive research to not only get accurate lyrics, but occasionally uncover seldom-sung verses that are virtually unknown today. She chose three compositions by the Brazilian legend Antonio Carlos Jobim, music penned by Sergio Mendes (an early influence) and numbers written by Latin masters such as Roberto Menescal and Pablo Beltran Ruiz. Irene also has the ability to shape jazz and pop standards into Latin showcases as she demonstrates with a Cole Porter composition (My Heart Belongs to Daddy), an Irving Berlin number (Let’s Face the Music and Dance), and a humorous film tune (Whatever Lola Wants). In addition, she shows how she can take a Latin standard (Besame Mucho) and bring new warmth and feeling to it.