Live at Lagny Jazz Festival (Galileo Music, 2013)
This live recording and video showcases the stunning talent of one of the greatest jazz vocalists of our time. Carmen Souza has charmed international audiences with her captivating mix of classic jazz vocals, her impressive vocal modulations and flavorful African roots. Unlike many of the current American jazz vocalists, she makes no concessions to smooth jazz.
On the Live at Lagny Jazz Festival CD and DVD set you can also experience the energy and dexterity of her band. Carmen Souza is joined by three outstanding instrumentalists, who are given the opportunity to demonstrate their skills with engaging solos and extraordinary interplay with Carmen Souza’s vocals.
The lineup on Live at Lagny Jazz Festival includes Carmen Souza on vocals and guitar; Theo Pascal on electric and acoustic bass; Ben Burrell on piano; and Elias Kacomanolis on drums and percussion.
Carmen Souza was born in Lisbon (Portugal) within a Cape Verdean family. She grew up in a mixed language background of Creole, the Cape Verde dialect her parents spoke at home, and Portuguese, always surrounded by the Cape Verdean way of life. Carmen Souza and her mentor, bass maestro Theo Pascal combine masterfully West African and Cape Verdean rhythms such as batuke, morna, and cola djon, with contemporary jazz influences.
After successful dates in Europe, Carmen Souza is currently touring North America, promoting the new album.
Live at Lagny Jazz Festival reveals one of the most talented and innovative vocalists in the present-day jazz and world music scene whose style and ability knows no bounds.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.