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...