Diana Purim & Eyedentity – Many Bodies, One Mind (Eyedentity Music, 2018)
Although Many Bodies, One Mind has world music connections, it is an uneven mix of various styles. Diana Purim is the daughter of famed Brazilian artists Flora Purim (vocalist) and percussionist Airto Moreira. Diana and her parents, who participate in some songs, provide the exquisite Brazilian flavor.
The highlights of the album are the spectacular “Tombo in 7/4”composed by Airto Moreira, which is rich in percussion, featuring a formidable batucada; and two other Brazilian jazz music tracks, “Acordei” (featuring jazz keyboard maestro Herbie Hancock) and “This Is Me.” Another great piece titled “Voce nao me engana” includes Shamistha Chatterjee on vocals and other guests on Indian instruments, infusing the song with a wonderful Indian essence.
The rest of the album features tiresome hip hop and ear friendly R&B songs, featuring Diana’s musical partner Krishna Booker, who provides the male rapping and composed the majority of the songs.