Columbia from Sony
Tristeza (Goodbye Sadness)
Aquarela Do Brazil
Nos Vimos Ya
Rendez-vous A Montmartre
Tudo Bem, Tudo Bom
Crepuscule Au Pont De Tolbiac
Aguas De Marco
This album was partly recorded in Rio de Janeiro and partly in Paris. It
was nixed in Paris and mastered in Tokyo. I have not heard Clementine or
any of the accompanying musicians before, but this is an album of very pleasant
Latin music from a vocalist who reminds me of Astrid Gilberto. The various
accompanying groups are also excellent, in both their ability to back the
singer and play worthwhile solos.
The previous paragraph I wrote before contacting the very helpful Sharon
Kelly at Sony Jazz for more information. Clementine was born in Paris in
1963, her family name is Mitz and she is the daughter of the founder of Orange
Blue records, himself a famous collector of jazz records in France. She sings
in French, English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Whilst she is not widely known in jazz, she is a very famous name in the
pop world and it is pleasing that she has not ditched the jazz world, to
concentrate on that much more lucrative field. In Japan she is a very popular
artiste and she makes regular tours in that country. Three of the tracks
are of her original compositions, 5, 10 and 14 and there are others from
Milton Nascimento, Tom Jobim and Ary Borroso. It is a tribute to all of the
composers that all the tracks have caught the Latin spirit perfectly and
are immediately accessible to the listener. Of the backing musicians, I
particularly liked the vibes playing of Nicholas Guijarro and the flute playing
of Denis Barbier, but all are of the best.
This is a very pleasant album of Latin jazz by a very accomplished and obviously
well trained singer with excellent intonation and a very relaxed and attractive
voice. I have not heard Clementine before, but I shall be looking out for
her in the future.