Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Koorax on "The Jazz Singers - The Ultimate Guide"

Ithamara Koorax is included as one of the world's best jazz singers ever on "The Jazz Singers - The Ultimate Guide" (Backbeat Books), the new best-selling book by renowned jazz critic and historian Scott Yanow, who has written for virtually all of the significant jazz magazines, including DownBeat, JazzTimes, Coda, Cadence, and the Los Angeles Jazz Scene, and is also a major contributor to the All Music Guide to Jazz. It is estimated that he has reviewed more jazz CDs than anyone in history. "The Jazz Singers" is his tenth book.

Excerpts from Koorax's entry on the book:
"A versatile singer from Brazil, Ithamara Koorax has sung straight-ahead jazz, conventional bossa novas and interesting mixture of style, all with enthusiasm and strong musicianship... She had success with her first solo recording, Iluminada, in 1990. Soon she was touring Japan regularly, where her records became best-sellers, including Ithamara Koorax Sings The Luiz Bonfa Songbook in 1996...In addition, her acid jazz version of The Frog became a dance hit in Europe in 1994 and she recorded the groundbreaking album Bossa Nova Meets Drum 'N' Bass. But it was her Milestone CDs, Serenade in Blue and Love Dance: The Ballad Album, that helped establish her name in the United States.
Serenade in Blue (Milestone 9301), Love Dance (Milestone 9327) and her first acoustic straight-ahead jazz trio album Autumn In New York (EMI 0473) have given her an excellent reputation in the United States. Her most recent release is the world music-oriented Brazilian Butterfly (JSR 60509)."

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