Utilizing her formidable musical, vocal and performance skills, Kat Parra has leapt beyond the boundaries of the typical jazz singer and developed an alluring style that embraces sounds that both transcend and bend the stereotypical definition of Latin jazz. She shows no sign of letting up with her latest release Dos Amantes. Dos Amantes, which means two loves in Ladino and Spanish, fuses the flavor of Sephardic music (the music of the Spanish Jews) with the sounds and colors of contemporary Latin jazz, a genre that shares many of the same cultural diasporic streams. The disc features sparkling arrangements by Latin jazz heavyweights Murray Low, Wayne Wallace, David Pinto (Susana Baca), and Oscar Stagnaro (Paquito D Rivera).
On her previous CDs (Birds in Flight and Azucar de Amor), Parra included Sephardic repertoire that delighted critics and jazz fans alike. Upon being awarded a Zellerbach Family Foundation Grant, Parra was able to take the work of her new ensemble The Sephardic Music Experience to the next level, resulting in Dos Amantes groundbreaking explorations.
As on her previous CDs, Parra teamed up with producer Wayne Wallace, a major player on the Bay-area Latin jazz scene. In addition, Patti Cathcart Andress (Tuck & Patti) lent her expertise to this project as a consultant after becoming enamored with this music s unique beauty.
The band also features Peter Barshay (bass), Masaru Koga (woodwinds), Lila Sklar (violin), Murray Low (piano), Paul Van Wageningen (drums) and Katja Cooper (percussion).
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Official Website: http://www.katparra.com
Added by murlow on October 27, 2009