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Speak No Evil by Flora Purim

Thirty years after releasing her American debut, Flora Purim brings us "Speak No Evil," a mix of standards and originals that shows the Queen of Brazilian Jazz still has much to offer.

One of the most original voices of the 1970s, Purim recorded infrequently in the 1990s, but has become more active in recent years. "Speak No Evil" is another solid effort.

Purim swings elegantly against the infectious Latin rhythms provided by husband and percussionist Airto Moreira. They are supported by a strong group of musicians, including Gary Meek on saxophone and flute and Trey Henry on bass. Russell Ferrante of the Yellowjackets, Christian Jacob, Bill Cantos and Marcos Silva are among those sharing duties on keyboards.

Purim adds her typical Latin flair to songs by Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin and Wayne Shorter. Some listeners may be put off at first by her heavy accent on the ballads, but, for the most part, she offers fresh interpretations of some familiar songs. Her heartfelt renditions soon take on added dimension. The percussion-driven version of Porter’s "I’ve Got You Under My Skin" is a delight.

Purim is best on the uptempo and Latin numbers, which give her a chance to cut loose with her musicians. One of these songs is the strong opener, "This Magic," composed by Don Grusin with lyrics by Purim’s daughter, Diana Booker.

"Speak No Evil" also features a pair of ballads by Cantos.

With only 10 songs, the CD could use a few more numbers. Still, it is recommended.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Flora Purim
  • CD Title: Speak No Evil
  • Genre: Brazilian Jazz / Brazilian Pop Jazz
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Narada Jazz
  • Rating: Three Stars
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