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PATTY ASCHER

2011-08-22
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Patty Ascher
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Patty Ascher, vocals
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Born in Sao Paolo, Brazil, vocalist Patty Ascher grew up in a musical household. Her father Neno was part of a very successful Brazilian band from the 70s called Os Incríveis (The Incredibles). As a singer, she cites Brazilian divas Leny Andrade and Gal Costa, along with American jazz divas Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dinah Washington, as important influences. "What they all have in common," says Ascher, "is personality. When you hear them, you do know who is singing."



She also lists Nat "King" Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Al Jarreau among her favorite male voices, though her earliest vocal influence may have come from a 1930s icon. "The first song I remember in my life was 'Ain't Misbehavin'' with Fats Waller singing," she recalls. "I was only three years old and I loved that song. I'd wake up in the morning hearing Fats, and that always stuck with me." Cab Calloway and Louis Armstrong soon proved to be big favorites as well.

Ascher's musical horizons eventually expanded to include the Beatles, American soul, and jazz. During her college years while studying for a bachelor's degree in Literature at the University of São Paulo, she began immersing herself in Brazilian music while harboring a dream of becoming a professional singer. In 2006, after earning a master's degree at age 22, she encountered bossa nova pioneer Roberto Menescal, who invited her to record her first CD, singing Burt Bacharach songs in bossa nova style. "Meeting him was a sign to me," she says. "It was a chance to go on seriously with a career, working with a great producer and mentor." The resulting album, Bacharach Bossa Club (2007), was well received by critics and audiences alike.

In both 2009 and 2010, Ascher performed at Feinstein's, the exclusive supper jazz club in the Loews Regency Hotel on Park Avenue in Manhattan. She also toured with Michel Legrand in 2008 and 2009, and on Labor Day 2010, she appeared on legendary comedian Jerry Lewis's MDA Telethon.

Bossa, Jazz 'n' Samba is Ascher's recent follow-up to her acclaimed debut. On this new release, Ascher brings her alluring charms to bear on a set of striking originals (co-penned with writing partner Marco Pontes) and a couple of well-chosen covers. Sung by Ascher primarily in English (two bonus tracks are delivered in her native Portuguese), with orchestrations by such respected veteran artists and composer/arrangers as Pontes, Dori Caymmi, Gilson Peranzetta, Amilson Godoy, and others, this spirited cross-cultural project is being released stateside by Zoho Records.

"We have so many talented musicians in Brazil, so we thought about making Bossa, Jazz & Samba as a tribute to these brilliant musicians," says Ascher of her sophomore outing. "For me, it's an honor to be able to have so many of these incredible players on our team."

Ascher opens the collection with a decidedly Brazilian vibe on the buoyant samba "Springtime," which features some active call-and-response work from the strings along with a particularly jazzy piano solo by Pontes. Her stirring interpretation of the haunting Michel Legrand number "The Summer Knows" (with lyrics by the team of Marilyn and Alan Bergman) is greatly enhanced by Dori Caymmi's lush string arrangements along with his gentle bossa nova guitar work. The soulful Ascher-Pontes number "Girls Just Want To Kiss" might be considered a sensual Brazilian-flavored answer to Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," while the jazzy "Booking Time" swings in straight-ahead 4/4 style.

Ascher pours her heart out on the moving ballad "How Much I Care," which is brilliantly underscored by Gilson Peranzetta's stirring string arrangement and also features some robust-toned tenor sax work from Ubaldo Versolato. "The Winter," an evocative number co-penned by Ascher and Pontes, features a beautifully complimentary arrangement by Cristovao Bastos, a longtime arranger for a host of Brazilian music stars.

Ascher turns in her most heartfelt performance on "Suadade," a bossa nova with a slightly melancholy undercurrent. Her mentor, jazz guitarist Roberto Menescal, also makes a special guest appearance on the sprightly swinging "Sunrise (Amanhecendo)," which slyly morphs into a clave-fueled jam. To close the album, Ascher renders the last two tracks - the lovely ballad "Talvez" and the dramatic "Pela Manha" - in her native tongue.

Already a sensation in Brazil, Ascher is poised on the brink of a big breakout. Bossa, Jazz 'n' Samba should put her over the top in the US.

 

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