Personnel: Gabriele Tranchina (vocals, background vocals); Joseph Tranchina, Joe Vincent Tranchina (piano, background vocals); Bobby Sanabria (drums, percussion, background vocals); Renato Thomas, Renato Thoms (percussion, background vocals); Roberto Sanabria (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Jim Gately; Joe Vincent Tranchina; Randy Klein.
Liner Note Author: Jeanie Lovetri.
Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY (06/30/2008-07/01/2008).
Photographer: Yvonne Muller.
Arrangers: Joe Vincent Tranchina; Solamente Pasi¢n; Bobby Sanabria.
Gabriele Tranchina proves herself to be a versatile vocalist on her second CD. Accompanied by a first-rate band including her husband, Joe Vincent Tranchina, on piano, bassist Santi Debriano, and drummer Bobby Sanabria, the expressive alto sings in six different languages, while moving fluidly through many styles. The opener, "Chante Comme Si Tu Devais Mourir Demain," is a driving samba with French lyrics. She tackles Antonio Carlos Jobim's "One Note Samba" with equal skill in a breezy setting, along with an emotional interpretation of the late composer's "In£til Paisagem." The pianist contributed several originals, including the haunting ballad "Siehst du Mich," featuring his spouse singing a German poem set to music; "Voz," a delightful scat vehicle for her in an Afro-Cuban setting; and the warm "Sing a Song of Children." Few vocalists have the capability to cover so much territory in the space of a single CD, so Gabriele Tranchina is clearly a talent deserving of wider recognition. ~ Ken Dryden
JazzTimes (p.73) - "Tranchina can swing with the vivacity of Anita O'DAy and echo the fragility of Astrud Gilberto on ballads, but there is nothing derivative in her kaleidoscopic flourishes, embracing chants, rap, spoken passages, scat and vocalese."