Review: The Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist Joyce Silveira Moreno was born and raised in the middle of Copacabana, a short beach stroll from the epicentre of the bossa nova universe.Her father was a Dane that had settled in Brazil, but she was raised by her mother and step-father in a typical Portuguese-Brazilian household. Since her older brother was friendly with leading lights of the bossa nova movement such as Roberto Menescal and Eumir Deodato,she was steeped in the form at an early age and witnessed its key evolution first-hand. At theage of 16 in 1964, she was taken to the studio by Menescal to contribute to the coveted debut album by the mythical group Sambacana, assembled to record the work of composer Pacifico Mascarenhas when the meagre budget would not allow the vocalists he preferred. Knowingthat a full-time career in music was certainly not guaranteed, she began studying journalism in 1967, shortly before her controversial song "Me Disseram" reached the finals of Rio's second International Song Competition. The following year, her self-titled debut album was released by Philips, produced by Armando Pittigliani, with orchestration by Dorival Caymmi and arrangements by Gaya; along with her own compositions, the album also featured songs by her rising-star friends, including Caetano Veloso and Marcos Valle.
Review: Jukka Perko Tritone is a Finnish jazz trio helmed by saxophonist Jukka Perko, alongside bassist Antti Lotjonen and drummer Teppo Makynen, AKA Teddy Rok. Dizzy, their debut album, and is largely made up of distinctive interpretations of works by the great Dizzy Gillespie. They begin with a radical riff on Gillespie's "Bebop" - all polyrhythmic drums and hectic sax lines - before delivering a moody and Afro-jazz influenced take on Thelonious Monk's "Round Midnight". There's a surprising fuzziness to the production of their stellar version of Gillespie and George Russell's much-loved "Cubano Be, Cubano Bop", while their version of "Con Alma" us a wonderfully atmospheric and meandering affair. Arguably best of all, though, is their intoxicating take on Ernie Wilkins' 1963 tribute to Gillespie, "Dizzy's Business".
Review: REPRESS ALERT: Arriving at their fourth release, Emotional Rescue's knowledge of forgotten musical gems and their commitment to give them the chance of wider appreciation they fully deserve cannot be in question! After digging out that Bob Chance classic, the focus switches to something of an equally balearic nature with the release of Jaki Whitren & John Cartwright's lost folk rock album International Times. Originally released as a private press on the obscure French label Living Records back in 1983, this eight track album is filled with dusty soul nuggets which are given extra life by the silky vocal stylings of Whitren - formerly a backing singer for Alan Parson. Opening track "Stay Cool" sounds quite ahead of it's time, whilst there are some true dancefloor gems for the more adventurous DJs out there, such as the title track and the laid back bump of "Go With The Flow."