The Girl From Bossa Nova (2004)

Jobim, de Verano, De Moraes, Bonfa

Jacintha

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Jacintha picks up the tempo in her first bossa nova session. Featuring a program of some of the most well known classics of the genre including several Jobim favorites like So Nice, Desafinado, Dindi, Corcovado, as well as less familiar tunes like O Ganso and So Danco Samba, The Girl From Bossa Nova is a striking change of pace for Jacintha that will enthrall all of her fans. 

With superb solos from tenor sax player Harry Allen and acoustic guitar from John Pisano (former Diana Krall Trio member), the album is given the supreme finishing touch by the magical playing of Brazilian master percussionist Paulinho Da Costa who’s recorded and performed with all the legends. His contribution truly gives the entire album it’s authentic bossa nova vibe. 

And yes, there are a couple of classic Jacintha ballads done bossa style: This Masquerade and Dindi. A must buy for Jacintha fans and all bossa nova lovers.

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Jacintha

Jacintha is a popular vocalist, actress and journalist known for her performances and writing in both the United States and Singapore. She was born in 1957 to musician parents, the Sri Lankan classical guitarist Alex Abisheganaden, a recipient of the Cultural Medallion, and a Chinese mother who sang and played the piano. She studied piano and voice from her early teens and also sang in the Singapore Youth Choir, where she met her future collaborator Dick Lee.

Growing up, Jacintha listened to a wide variety of music – not only vocal jazz and traditional pop, but also artists who ranged from Stevie Wonder to Joni Mitchell to South African singer Miriam Makeba. Jacintha was a big fan of Brazilian bandleader Sergio Mendes during her upbringing. Jacintha was educated at Marymount Convent School, Raffles Institution and the National University of Singapore, where she graduated with an honors degree in English. She then went to America where she studied creative writing at Harvard University. Jacintha first came to prominence in 1976 when she won a local television talent contest, Talentime, singing jazz. She continued this winning streak in 1981, when she nabbed the Best Female Performer award for her role as Nurse Angamuthu in General Hospital at the Drama Festival.

In 1983, Jacintha released her debut album Silence. The new wave album, containing a cover of the Bee Gees' "Run to Me", was reviewed positively, with The Straits Times calling it "probably the most impressive debut album...from a local singer." In the mid-1990s, actor Lim Kay Tong introduced Jacintha to Ying Tan, who signed her to his Groove Note label. Her first jazz album was released in 1998: Here's To Ben – A Vocal Tribute To Ben Webster. Jacintha's second album for the Groove Note label, Autumn Leaves: The Songs of Johnny Mercer (1999) has seen the title track being used for TV series Alias, while the bonus track "Here's to Life" was used as the title track for the Hollywood movie Play It to the Bone.

In 2004, Jacintha performed her own cabaret jazz show, The Angina Monologues at the Old Parliament House, Singapore. In 2006, she served as a judge on the second season of Singapore Idol. In 2012, she returned to the stage after 13 years, playing herself in Ong Keng Sen's National Broadway Company, a musical commissioned for the Esplanade – Theatre on the Bay's 10th anniversary.

photo: from booklet 'The Girl from Bossa Nova'

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The Girl From Bossa Nova (2004)

Jobim, de Verano, De Moraes, Bonfa

Jacintha

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"Until you’ve heard this album, you have no idea just how significant a singer Jacintha truly is. Here, she sounds alive -- in-the-room real. It’s almost spooky. And this allows you to get a feel for how she sets up a line, using subtle inflection and/or minor variation of pitch and tempo to make each syllable come alive. She never forces her way, always remembering the gentleness of the Bossa Nova. Instead she carefully and confidently navigates her way through with unerring accuracy. She sings these Brazilian songs like a native, a real testament to her talent."

John Crossett[read full review]

The Girl From Bossa Nova (2004)

Jobim, de Verano, De Moraes, Bonfa

Jacintha

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Digital Converters: EMM Labs ADC-8
Editing Software: Sony Sonoma DSD Workstation
Executive Producers: Sebastian Koh, Ying Tan
Mastering Engineer: Bernie Grundman, Analog to DSD Stereo & DSD Multichannel Transfer, DSD Download Created by Dave Glasser, Airshow Mastering
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Microphones: AKG C-12, C-12A and KM-S4, Neumann M-49, M-80 and U-67, Sony C55p, Sennheiser 441, 421
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Producer: Joe Harley
Recording Engineer: Michael C. Ross | Engineer [Assistant] Greg Burns
Recording location: Record One, Sherman Oaks, CA on February 19 and 20, 2004
Recording Type & Bit Rate: Analog to DSD

This album was recorded to Analog tape. It was then transferred to the DSD bit rate indicated above.

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O Ganso
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So Danco Samba
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Dindi
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Once I Loved
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Desafinado
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So Nice
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Wave
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How Insensitive
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Corcovado
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Waters Of March
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