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Lisa Ekdahl- Sings Salvadore Poe
Original Release Date: April 2000

1: Daybreak
2: Rivers of Love
3: Sunny Weather
4: Only You
5: The Color of You
6: How Many More Times
7: I Will Be Blessed
8: Since You've Been Gone
9: I've Never Seen Anything Like You
10: I Don't Miss You Anymore
11: Nightingale
12: The Rhythm of Our Hearts
13: Sun Rose
14: Of My Conceit 15: L'Aurore


Review
What is Lisa Ekdahl's music? Basically it's Astrud Gilberto meets Chet Baker with a girlish voice reminscent of Bjork and Rickie Lee Jones but with a Thievery groove. So what exactly is it? For this album only, it's pro-Bossa Nova Latin jazz. Who is Salvadore Poe? It's (unfortunately for those Ekdahl fanatics out there) Lisa's husband and a copycat (or admirer) of old time Brazilian samba music like Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto, and Luiz Bonfa. And even though he imitates, he does it to perfection (unless Spielberg's failure to imitate Kunrick in A.I.). After listening to this dreamlike album, you'll notice Salvadore was born to write Bossa Nova songs. On many levels, this Ekdahl CD is more successful than Bebel Gilberto's Tanto Tempo, because it is more timeless and more attractive in tone.

The percussion is also the focus of this album. The bass line is strong. Every song is fit for dancing. You can either dance samba or the romantic rumba to virtually every song. But the sunny "Daybreak" (crossover between Chet Baker and Stan Getz) and "Sunny Weather" are very optimistic rhapsodies. "The Color of You" is a colorful cha-cha with a splash of warm Brazilian weather and women. "The Rhythms of Our Hearts" is a romantic ballad answering Sting's "Shape of my Heart."

After hearing this album, you won't be surprised why the lovely Lisa married the talented Salvadore.

Extended Listening

-Lisa Ekdahl- Back to Earth
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Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim- Getz/Gilberto
-Bebel Gilberto- Tanto Tempo

 

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