Gabriele Tranchina: A Song of Love’s Color
(Gabrielle Tranchina Website)
Gabriele Tranchina on Vocals, Background Vocals
Joe Vincent Tranchina on Piano, Background Vocals
Santi Debriano on Bass
Renato Thoms on Percussion, Background Vocals
Bobby Sanabria on Drums, Percussion, Background Vocals
Roberto Sanabria, Background Vocals
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
March 29, 2010
This CD is exceptionally sophisticated, with songs sung by Gabriele Tranchina in Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Hindi, and, yes, English too. With captivating music and lyrics by Joe Vincent Tranchina, plus the sumptuous melodies of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Michel Fugain, A Song of Love’s Color is a recording you cannot do without. Each track has jazzed-up, rousing musicality or soothing intimacy. There’s even a Hindu prayer and chant. Bobby Sanabria, drummer and Latin percussionist, teams up with Joe Vincent Tranchina on one track for “Solamente Pasión”. Exploring Gabriele Tranchina’s new album is serendipitous, with each track refreshingly unique.
#1 – Chante Comme Si Tu Devais Mourir Demain -- Composed by M. Fugain – P. Delanoë. What could be more exciting than hearing a sexy French song in impeccable accent, sung to a Brazilian Samba rhythm, with teasing background vocals. Renato Thoms and Bobby Sanabria keep the momentum invigorating, and the listener is immediately swept into this impassioned recording.
#6 – Inútil Paisagem – Composed by A. C. Jobim – A. D. Oliveira. Just when you expect the Brazilian Jobim track to be brisk, it surprises you with elegant, elongated, romantic refrains. Santi Debriano takes a solo riff that expands on the melancholy quietude, while percussive flourishes and echoing piano passages close the song.
#7 – Asato Maa (Sat Chit Ananda) – Composed by J. V. Tranchina / Trad. Hindu. This track, which would be extraordinary as a modern dance score, is sung in Hindi and chanted in English by Ms. Tranchina, and then percussion and background vocals merge for a dramatic finale. At one point, bass and percussion have a rhythmic conversation that enhances the pulse.
#10 – Solamente Pasión – Composed by J. V. Tranchina – B. Sanabria – R. Thoms. I defy the listener to sit still during this track, with piano and percussion creating a wild mambo mania. The background vocals are strong, with Ms. Tranchina’s the strongest, for this instrumental composition. This is danceable music for the Latin aficionados.
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