Argentinian vocalist Gabriela Anders grew up in Buenos Aires with a love of the tango and a father (Jorge Anders) who plays jazz saxophone.
Argentinian vocalist Gabriela Anders grew up in Buenos Aires with a love of the tango and a father (Jorge Anders) who plays jazz saxophone. She mingles her musical influences in "Last Tango in Rio" to create a sophisticated, sensually appealing jazz sound that achieves a feel somewhere between Tom Jobim's languid sambas and Astor Piazzolla's passionate tango nuevo. It's apparent from the opening bars of "You Go to My Head" that this is a South American jazz project. Anders artfully combines the distinctive voices of the bandoneon and Brazilian guitar to underwrite her sublime vocals, giving her music a touch of tango romanticism and a taste of samba cool. Anders admires Billie Holiday and covers "God Bless the Child" and "All of Me" with arrangements that are very much in Anders' personal groove. She also wrote five songs on the album and co-produced it with Wayne Krantz. Anders is a multi-talented artist who is destined to leave her mark on the jazz world.—PVV