Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
American artists are long known for trying their hand at the works of Jobin, Lins and Nascimento but it is a rare gift to find a Brazilian artist with the harmonic vision to take on the Great American Songbook and work in Brazilian classics. Beautiful Love is a truly intimate look at a most gifted artist. Paulinho Garcia may not be a household name but with over fifty years experience one would be hard pressed to find a more qualified vocal artist to attempt such a daunting project.
If I have written it once then I have written it a thousand times, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Couple the organic simplicity of the presentation with a deep almost smoldering passion of authenticity then you take a release from ordinary to extraordinary status. There is an ebb and flow that is captivating as tempo and rhythms morph into an emotional journey through song transforming timeless classics into new compositions if but for a brief moment in time. The compositions here are familiar with "When I Fall In Love" and the somewhat overlooked Jobim piece " I Know I'm Going To Love You." The Garcia original "Do You Remember Me?" is equally impressive. Those that favor the smoother side of jazz often speak in terms of "chill" and "vibe" with these terms losing all meaning over a period of years. Garcia brings atmosphere and an eclectic interpretation while allowing the listener to fill in the blanks.
Deceptively subtle yet nuanced with amazing intricacy, Paulinho Garcia has this aptly title release hitting the street on Feb. 14 of this year. Unadorned guitar work coupled with a rich baritone that embraces each tune as a separate journey finds Beautiful Love as one of the surprise releases for 2014.
Tracks: I Know I'm Going To Love You; When I Fall In Love; Like Someone In Love; Beautiful Love; If You Could See Me Now; With Every Breath I Take; Boulevard Of Broken Dreams; History Of A Love; I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now; Bluesette; That Old Feeling; Do You Remember Me?; But Beautiful; Where Is Love; The Little House Where Our Love Was Born.