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....
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