Archive for June 22nd, 2011

Jessie Marquez – All I See Is Sky

When the term “Latin jazz” is mentioned, one usually thinks of horns and percussion. Jessie Marquez reminds us that the human voice is also an important element in the genre. All I See Is Sky (Todo Lo Que Veo Es Cielo) (Carena Records, 2011) also injects some Brazilian and pop sounds.

“Dime, Amor (Tell Me, Love)” starts the set in romantic fashion. Marquez’s earthy alto is soothing. The subtle strings, the keyboard and the congas blend perfectly to give the song both a touch of elegance and a groove for dancing. The liner includes lyrics in Spanish, in which they’re sung, as well as the English translation. The closing phrase sums up the singer’s thoughts: “Amandanos tan solo, sin hablar,” or, “Loving each other without speaking.”

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