Melissa Oliveira

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Australian HIFI - - FEATURE -

Singer Melissa Oliveira was born in Australia, and lived in Por­tu­gal and the Nether­lands be­fore Bos­ton, where she recorded this al­bum with mainly Amer­i­can mu­si­cians. Out of all that emerges Brazil­ian-flavoured jazz, with her voice float­ing or rid­ing more force­fully atop buoy­ant rhyth­mi­cal up­drafts. She has had a hand in pen­ning most of the ma­te­rial, as well as set­ting con­vinc­ing lyrics to stan­dards by Wayne Shorter and Clif­ford Brown. She evades the man­nered im­pro­vis­ing that af­flicts so many singers, and there is more sub­stance than mere pret­ti­ness at work. The play­ers are ex­pert at mak­ing the mu­sic breezy and open (a qual­ity fur­ther aided by the fact pi­anist Alexei Tsiganov also plays vi­bra­phone), and none other than Greg Osby is guest sax­o­phon­ist on two tracks. Fans of Flora Purim should have a lis­ten.

John Shand [www.john­s­]

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