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