Archive for June 19th, 2012

Sabrina Lastman – The Candombe Jazz Sessions

Sabrina Lastman begins “Axis” using her voice as an instrument. That’s only a taste of things to come as the Montevideo, Uruguay native presents The Candombe Jazz Sessions (Zoho Music, 2012).

Lastman is based in New York. Candombe is the percussion-driven genre that has origins in African Bantu. The set represents the music audiences have come to expect when Lastman performs. The core ensemble is comprised of Emilio Solla on piano; Pablo Aslan on double bass; and David Silliman on drums and percussion. Several guests appear on selected tracks.

“Axis” begins as if Lastman were a human trumpet, introducing the piece. The voice scats its way through, complemented by the instruments, including a middle solo by violinist Meg Okura. It’s one of seven original songs written or co-written by Lastman. The other three are Uruguayan/Brazilian standards.

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