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Irene & Her Latin Jazz Band

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.

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”Summer Samba” review by George Harris

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

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