Jeremy Monteiro Featuring Jacintha A Song For You, Karen Limited Edition Ultra HD CD
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This big cast album features Jeremy Monteiro, jazz pianist, composer and
conductor with guest stars such as Jacintha! A fresh re-imagining of the music
of The Carpenters!
Jeremy Monteiro is a jazz pianist, singer, composer, and music educator.
In his native country he was named "Singapore's King of Swing" by the local
Jacintha Abisheganaden, also known as Jacintha or Ja, is a Singaporean
singer and actress. 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, and she has been quoted as saying that she was "obsessed" with
Barbra Streisand. "Possessed with a voice that could blow the roof off the
ceiling of a theater, Jacintha instead prefers to lull the listener into the
song with minimalist arrangements and a vocal style that seduces but never
assaults," says Jazz Review.
"I think I have a very good idea for a special album." Jeremy was
comfortably seated, leaning back in a couch. It was late in a gorgeous spring
afternoon in 2001. We were sitting out in the garden just relaxing and listening
to the sounds of the nature.
"Jeremy" was Jeremy Monteiro, my good friend, who had just flown in from
Singapore to Seattle for a few days. Before long, he would be leaving for
Chicago to do some recording.
"What is it?" I was tempted to ask when he closed his eyes again. He sat up and
spoke in a serious manner. "Next year will be the 30th anniversary of ‘The
Carpenters.’ People of our age grew up with all those beautiful songs by Karen
Carpenter. If we could produce an album of some of those great songs - say, in a
jazz format - as our tribute to The Carpenters, it would be wonderful."
"You mean just instrumentals, but no vocals?" Skeptical, I hesitated.
"Sure. What’s wrong with that?" He looked surprised. "You know all
audiophiles love female vocals, particularly on songs by Karen Carpenter.
However, it is not easy to find someone who can come close to what she does."
(I guess I’d have to admit that I was not optimistic!)
Jeremy thought for a while and then jumped up. In this case, why don’t we invite
Jacintha to do it? I’ve known her since childhood, and she often sang the
music of The Carpenters. She loves those songs! Jeremy was really excited. In
the next five minutes Jeremy was talking on the phone to Jacintha in Singapore.
To my surprise, she was overjoyed, and accepted the invitation without a second
thought! Better yet, Jeremy was even able to get the award-winning "Two for
Brazil" duo to sing one song, adding a delightful Latin American flavor to
So here it is: a jazz tribute album to the music of the Carpenters, as Jeremy
wanted - but with Jacintha singing in a stunning way, as I wanted! - Winston
Ma/First Impressions Music
"For anyone who loves the songs of Karen Carpenter, Winston Ma's new album
is a fitting tribute to her. Her songs are reinterpreted in a jazz setting, and
the incomparable Jacintha sings several. If the opening bars of this album don't
freeze you in place and make you listen with rapt attention, something's wrong.
Jacintha's smooth, sultry delivery, coupled with some great jazz artists, all
captured with state-of-the-art sound quality, combine to make for a disc that is
a distinct pleasure to listen to... Jacintha's interpretation of some of these
songs, such as 'I Won't Last a Day Without You,' makes them her own. This work
is sung slowly with feeling, in a way that lets the listener appreciate all the
subtlety, nuance, sustain, and breath control that Jacintha is capable of. With
the lights off, it's easy to imagine that she's right in the room, standing
behind your speakers and singing her heart out. Jacintha reportedly sang these
songs as a child and loves them, and it shows." - Dave Glackin,
"I’ll make no bones about it: sonically this is an absolutely stunning album.
Engineering maven Jim Anderson has managed to capture nearly every nuance of
each instrument. It’s all here, the whole nine yards, from soundstaging to
instrumental tone to frequency extension to, well, you name it and you’ll hear
it. And wait until you get a load of the vocals. I’ve never heard Jacintha sound
better. I could hear how she formed the words as clearly as I could hear the
breaths she took to propel those words into the microphone. The sonics from this
Hybrid stereo SACD are everything a new format is supposed to deliver -- and
more." - John Crossett, soundstage.com Read more!
"This is an impassioned duet. Superb. Monteiro shadows Jacintha’s flow, never
pushing, discreet as an expert body guard. You can just see them dancing. When
they end, you can still hear the purity of the notes reverberating in the
silence." - Kalamu ya Salaam, Breath of Life, on the track "A Song For You"
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The benefits of Ultra HD 32-Bit Mastering:
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• Undistorted Dynamics
• The Lowest Noise Floor, allowing even the quietest musical information to be
heard more clearly!
• Richer Sound Field
• Master-Tape Quality Sound!!!
• Delivers what musicians originally intended!
• Limited Run of Only 2,000 First Edition Pressings Available!
• Produced using PureFlection (Pure Reflection) Process
• Ultra HD Mastering
• Beautifully packaged
• Playable on ALL CD Players!
• Re-mastered by Michael Bishop at Five/Four Productions, Ohio, USA
• Produced by Winston Ma
Jeremy Monteiro, arrangement & piano
Eric Schneider, saxophone
Paul Martin, double-bass
Tim Davis, drums
Two For Brazil, vocals
1. A Song For You - Jacintha
2. When I Fall In Love
3. This Masquerade - Jacintha
4. We’ve Only Just Begun
5. Top Of The World
6. For All We Know - Jacintha
7. Rainy Days And Mondays
8. There’s A Kind Of Hush - Two For Brazil
9. All You Get From Love Is A Love Song
10. I Won’t Last A Day Without You - Jacintha
11. (They Long To Be) Close To You
12. Yesterday Once More
13. A Song For You (instrumental reprise)
Total Time: 70:13