VOCALIST CAROL BACH-Y-RITA RELEASES MINHA CASA / my house on ARUGULA RECORDS A STUNNING BLEND OF JAZZ, BEBOP and BRAZILIAN MUSIC COMING SEPTEMBER 23, 2016
Listening to vocalist CAROL BACH-Y-RITA sing, it comes as no surprise that she’s also a dancer. Her singing has a supple fluidity that suggests a body in motion. On her newest CD, MINHA CASA / my house, she performs re-imagined standards and original songs that celebrate both well- and lesser-known Brazilian rhythms.
Bach-y-Rita’s band features stellar musicians who are leaders in their own right, including LARRY KOONSE on guitar, BILL CANTOS on piano, JOHN LEFTWICH on bass, and MIKE SHAPIRO on drums and percussion. They are joined on one track by Brazilian percussion master DUDU FUENTES. According to Bach-y-Rita, “I wanted to work with musicians who really know how to play both straight-ahead jazz and Brazilian music. There are a lot of great musicians who can play one or the other, but I’m lucky to work with bandmates who can soar in both styles.”
Bach-y-Rita is a jazz singer with a broad international outlook. She is conversant in five languages, including English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Brazilian Portuguese, and has lived in several countries including France, Italy, Mexico and Spain. Her father was Paul Bach-y-Rita, a well-known American neuroscientist whose family originally came from Catalonia where children are given two names: their father’s patronymic and their mother’s maiden name (i.e. Bach and Rita.) But it was her mother, an artist and Feldenkrais practitioner, who instilled in her a love of jazz and dance that has been tightly woven in the fabric of her life.