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Pearls

Aisyah Aziz

Pop - Released September 17, 2021 | Groove Note Records

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I Want You

Vanessa Fernandez

Pop - Released April 20, 2019 | Groove Note Records

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Fire & Rain

Jacintha, Tim Pierce

Jazz - Released April 13, 2018 | Groove Note Records

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When the Levee Breaks

Vanessa Fernandez

Alternative & Indie - Released May 6, 2016 | Groove Note Records

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Use Me

Vanessa Fernandez

Pop - Released August 1, 2014 | Groove Note Records

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Jacintha Is Her Name (Dedicated to Julie London)

Jacintha

Jazz - Released June 1, 2003 | Groove Note Records

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Lush Life

Jacintha

Jazz - Released October 10, 2001 | Groove Note Records

This is Jacintha's third album for Groove Note, and her first with strings. Very popular in her native Singapore, she's beginning to get a worldwide reputation, and this release demonstrates why: Her voice is lovely, with clear diction and expressive, naturalistic phrasing. She draws the listener into a warm intimacy from the first track, "The Boulevard of Broken Dreams," a rarely covered and beautiful song with the perfect "rainy night in Paris" ambience supplied by Frank Marocco on accordion. Other highlights include a bluesy but refreshingly non-wailing "Black Coffee," with a fine, understated solo by Bill Cunliffe on piano; he's also good on the silky bossa "Manha de Carneval," where Anthony Wilson's melodic plucking contrasts nicely with the smoothness of the strings. Another unusual but happy choice, "When We Were Young," showcases the superb flügelhorn of Dmitri Matheny, which enhances four other tracks as well. Eight of the ten selections are ballads and, since Jacintha delivers her message straight and serene, the overall feel is quiet, sultry, and relaxing. After slooow readings of "The Shadow of Your Smile," "Lush Life," and "September Song," Joe LaBarbera's brushes and drum accents on "Harlem Nocturne" provide a welcome texture and pulse. The surprise of the CD is the startlingly original, soaring introduction to the vastly overplayed "Summertime," where Cunliffe's string arrangement evokes both Gershwin and modern French composers. This is excellent late-night listening; the local male vote was "mesmerizing." © Judith Schlesinger /TiVo
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Moodsville

Bernie Wallace

Jazz - Released January 1, 2001 | Groove Note Records

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Autumn Leaves (The Songs of Johnny Mercer)

Jacintha

Jazz - Released September 1, 1999 | Groove Note Records

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Here's to Ben (A Vocal Tribute to Ben Webster)

Jacintha

Jazz - Released June 1, 1998 | Groove Note Records

When you link your musical objective to a jazz icon like Ben Webster, certain expectations are created and, as here, rarely are these expectations met. Certainly, Jacintha sings songs Webster played, and she sings them very nicely. But there's none of the raspy timbre in her voice that made Webster's saxophone immediately recognizable. Jacintha confuses raspy with singing softly. She and the producers would have been better served by presenting these songs as hers, not Webster's. The focus then would be where it belongs (i.e., what she does with these classics). With excellent pitch, good diction, and sensitive interpretations of the lyrics, she makes these songs her own. One highlight is her a cappella treatment of "Danny Boy." Throughout the session, Jacintha receives solid support from veteran Teddy Edwards' blues-drenched saxophone (he's a lot closer to Webster than Jacintha is). He and Jacintha work well together, as on "How Long Has This Been Going On?" The venerable drummer Larance Marable and bass player Darek Oles combine to lay a solid, sensitive foundation for the proceedings. Oles' bass is especially prominent on "Over the Rainbow." Former Miles Davis pianist Kei Akagi is a capable accompanist. This album is a solid enough effort solely on the strength of Jacintha's natural talent. The obeisance to Webster was not only unnecessary, but distracting. © Dave Nathan /TiVo
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I Got The T-Bone Walker Blues

Roy Gaines

Blues - Released January 1, 1998 | Groove Note Records