CMJ - 3/29/04, p.18
"[A]n elegant alto voice that is equally at home singing in Spanish or English."
Personnel: Claudia Acuna (vocals); Jimmy Greene (soprano saxophone); Jason Linder (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); John Benitez (acoustic & electric basses); Gene Jackson (drums); Luisito Quintero (percussion).
Recorded at Avatar Studios, New York, New York on November 6-8, 2003.
Personnel: Claudia Acu¤a (vocals, background vocals); Jimmy Greene (soprano saxophone); John Ben¡tez (acoustic bass, electric bass); Gene Jackson (drums); Luisito Quintero (percussion); Joe Ferla, Bethany Yarrow (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Claudia Acu¤a.
Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY (11/06/2003-11/08/2003).
Photographer: Jimmy Katz.
Arrangers: Claudia Acu¤a; John Ben¡tez; Luisito Quintero.
Dropping the traditional jazz standards she dealt with on her two Verve efforts, Chilean vocalist Claudia Acu¤a reveals a more contemporary, R&B-infused Latin sound on her Maxjazz debut. Easily Acu¤a's most personal work to date, Luna once again displays her immense gift for delicately passionate vocals and interesting arrangements. Still utilizing the mellow, sensitive Fender Rhodes keyboard playing of longtime collaborator Jason Lindner, Acu¤a sings more Spanish on her third disc -- only Lindner's "Yesterday You and I" is sung in English -- and eschews any real straight-ahead jazz stylings for an almost fusion approach. That is not to say this is jazz-pop, but the delicate melodies do call to mind '70s Airto Moreira and the best Al Jarreau. While there are few if any outright jazz improvisations -- most of the tracks are under five minutes -- the music is still complex, literate, and sophisticated with deep harmonies that should appeal to hardcore jazz listeners and Latin music enthusiasts alike. ~ Matt Collar