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Julia Vari featuring Negroni’s Trio: Somos

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International Recording Artist Julia Vari
International Recording Artist Julia Vari. Photo credit: https://www.juliavari.com/

Not simply familiar, but all seven are classic songs. She sings them in four of the eight languages she is proficient in, and therefore her renditions are as close to perfection as a multilingual artist can interpret each.

This is the Miami-based, world travelling vocalist Julia Vari, a smoky-voiced mezzo who is also very capable of accompanying herself on piano. However, on the seven songs of Somos, she features the celebrated Negroni’s Trio, comprising pianist and musical director José Negroni, bassist Rafael Valencia and drummer Nomar Negroni.

This treasure trove of classic music includes vibrant renditions of Rubén Fuentes’ galloping La Bikina, the song of mystery made eternal by Nat “King” Cole, Nature Boy, by the legendary Eden Ahbez, a creative version of Siboney, from the fabulous pen of Ernesto Lecuona. Of course, things don’t end there…

Julia Vari featuring Negroni's Trio: Somos
Julia Vari featuring Negroni’s Trio: Somos [album cover]

Then there is that wondrous classic by Horace SilverSong For My Father, this one with Portuguese lyrics by Carolina Pérez Sanz – interpreted for a change in Mr Silver’s home-language Portuguese. And a song made famous in the world of jazz by Henri SalvadorC’est Si Bon, which Miss Vari sings seductively and in fluent French.

Miss Vari is a perfect singer to introduce us to these classics from Latin [and other linguistic] sources thanks to her multilingual proficiency, the agility of her voice and comfortable technique. Listen to the way she sails effortlessly through her full compass in a single phrase. This is so, both in a fast-paced La Bikina and the darker, more elegiac Noche de Ronda by Agustín Lara.

In both songs her voice is firm in the higher – soprano register – as well as in her superbly centred mezzo register. Of course, from La Bikina to Historia de Un Amor Miss Vari has the superb musicianship of the musicians from Negroni’s Trio, with joyous trumpet solo by Nathan Samuelson. The performance of all the musicians is keen as mustard filled with typically telling detail everywhere on this short album.

Deo gratis…

Ernesto Lecouna’s “Siboney” by Julia Vari featuring Negroni’s trio

Music – 1. La Bikina; 2. Nature Boy; 3. Siboney; 4. Song For My Father; 5. Noche de Ronda; 6. C’est Si Bon; 7. Historia de Un Amor.

Musicians – Julia Vari: vocals; José Negroni: piano and music direction; Rafael Valencia: bass; Nomar Negroni: drums; Nathan Samuelson: trumpet [solo on 1].

Released – 2024
Label – Alternativa Representa
[juliavari.com]
Runtime – 35:29

Based in Milton, Ontario, Canada, Raul is a poet, musician and an accomplished critic whose profound analysis is reinforced by his deep understanding of music, technically as well as historically.

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