Courtesy of Fly Life Inc, today’s Swag Tuesday booty is a two-fer – All In One, the new CD from bossa nova chanteuse Bebel Gilberto, and Normal As Blueberry Pie: A Tribute To Doris Day, the new CD from Nellie McKay. Both releases are available today nationwide.
Bebel Gilberto – All In One:
Known worldwide for her ability to connect modern sounds with the heart and soul of Brazilian music, the New York-born Gilberto focuses on the rhythms of her native country, devising a cosmopolitan yet classic sound with the help of a diverse group of collaborators, including Carlinhos Brown (Caetano Veloso), Didi Gutman (Brazilian Girls), Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse), Daniel Jobim (grandson of Antonio Carlos Jobim) and John King (the Dust Brothers). All In One perfectly expresses Gilberto’s interest in making music that feels romantic and fluid. In particular, Most of the record is sung in Portuguese, Bebel’s native language, and was conceived, developed and recorded in her home studio.
Nellie McKay – Normal As Blueberry Pie: A Tribute To Doris Day
Producing, arranging and performing this album is for McKay the natural outcome of years of enraptured listening to Ms. Day’s music. “She was – and still is – ahead of her time”. Nellie handpicked these songs from over 600 recordings. McKay has a very special connection to this cultural icon – the # 1 female box office star of all time and one of the most prolific recording artists in history – Nellie received the Doris Day Music Award in 2005 and is one of the few people in the last 30 years to be granted an interview with Ms. Day. Nellie’s Verve debut is a sophisticated but accessible recording with spare and tasteful arrangements that clearly put the focus on the songs and McKay’s exquisite vocal stylings. McKay’s fresh take on this music is smartly delivered with a curtsy to Doris, a nod to convention, and a unique twist all her own.
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