Carmen Gomes Inc. – Thousand Shades Of Blue (2012) [FLAC 24 bit, 96 kHz]

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Artist: Carmen Gomes Inc.
Album: Thousand Shades Of Blue
Genre: Vocal Jazz
Release Date: 2012
Audio Format:: FLAC (tracks) 24 bit, 96 kHz
Duration: 47:47
Total Tracks: 12
Total Size: 942 MB

Tracklist:

01 – I’m on Fire
02 – Angel Eyes
03 – A 1000 Shades of Blue
04 – Wicked Game
05 – Fever
06 – The Dreamer
07 – Oblivion
08 – Time Will Tell
09 – Gasoa Blue
10 – Dock of the bay
12 – You Don’t Know What Love Is
13 – The Sea

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Carmen Gomes has won many awards in the Netherlands and surrounding areas. Like so many new European singers, she sings in English. Her style is bluesy and intimate with a sexy voice that’s sweet as dark tupelo honey, and her interpretations are unerring. Inspired by the tale of Ines and Pedro, ‘Thousand Shades of Blue’ is Carmen Gomes’ tribute to the land of her ancestors, the sea surrounding it, and the power of impossible love.Dom Pedro, son of King Alfonso of Portugal, and heir to the throne, fell in love with Inés de Castro, a chambermaid. They became lovers and soul mates.The scandal was too much for the king who consequently ordered the killing of Ines in front of hers and Pedro’s infant child. When Alfonso died, Pedro’s first act as King was to have Ines’ body exhumed from the grave, dressed in royal robes andcarried 50 miles along a candlelit route to Alcobacá where she was crowned as his Queen. He then forced the entire court to swear allegiance to their new queen by kissing the corpse’s hand.Ines and Pedro are both buried at the Monastery of Alcobacá, where Pedro had arranged that their two tombs are placed with their feet towards each other, so that on the Day of Judgement, when they raise from the grave, their very first act will be looking into each others eyes.

Inspired by the tale of Ines and Pedro, ‘Thousand Shades of Blue’ is Carmen Gomes’ tribute to the land of her ancestors, the sea surrounding it, and the power of impossible love.

……..”Carmen Gomes has won many awards in the Netherlands and surrounding areas. Like so many new European singers, she sings in English — excellent English, I might add. She’s formed a group called Carmen Gomes Inc., with Folker Tettero on guitar, Peter Bjørnild on double bass and Marcel van Engelen on drums. Her style is bluesy and intimate with a sexy voice that’s sweet as dark tupelo honey, and her interpretations are unerring. The musicians play to her and to each other and the ensemble is so tight that the four musicians breathe and move as one. There are some standards on the set that knocked me over with their fresh approach. Any singer can misplace a few accents and rhythms and come up with something that’s original, but perhaps also uneasy and a little strange. Not Gomes, who has taken the songs to their bones and then restructured them to suit her style. Thus “Fever” doesn’t sound like a cover of Peggy Lee; it sounds like a brand new take on a familiar song. You emerge from hearing it not thinking it’s better or lesser than Lee’s version, but that it’s a valid new interpretation that could have come first.

The same approach works on “Angel Eyes”, “You Don’t Know What Love Is” and “I’m on Fire”. Most of the rest, including the title song, “Oblivion”, “Time Will Tell”, “Gasoa Blue”, and “The Sea” are Gomes originals that fit right in with the standards. The recording achieves exactly what Bjørnild set out as his goal. It can provide the best seat in your listening room. Go to the Sound Liaison site listen to a few samples, download an album and see if you don’t agree that this intimate effort is one of the best and best-sounding jazz vocal albums to come along in many a day. By the way, the small audience applauds enthusiastically enough after the last chords of a song die away, but the attendees never interrupt or make themselves known while a song is going on. No doubt they were completely mesmerized into silence, as was I.

Be sure to listen to: On “Dock of the Bay”, Gomes creates a languid, bluesy version that is a little bit reminiscent of Bobbie Gentry while still coming across as quite original. It’ll cast a spell over you”……..

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