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Vana: A New Day

- CD Review

CD Review

Vana: A New Day

On Twinz Records

Werner "Vana" Gierig on Piano
(See CD Release Review)
Alvester Garnett on Drums
Sean Conly on Bass

Special Guests:
Regina Carter, Duduka Da Fonseca,
Philip Hamilton, Gino Sitson,
Adriano Santos, Vinicius Barros,
Christophe Schweizer, Mark Lambert, Susana Ribeiro

This is an exciting, new CD for listening or dancing, Samba for a summer night. I heard shades of Tanya Maria (A Brazilian Jazz Pianist) and Dave Brubeck (Jazz Piano), but clearly Van Gierig has a new and very fused style of his own, with Jazz, Latin, Brazilian, and New Age eclecticism.

Notable tracks:

#1 – Low Features – With the piano early in the lead, Vana allows for strong bass and features his two main accompanists, Alvester Garnett on drums and Sean Conly on bass.

#2 – Gatinha Sabidinha – An exotic, Brazilian, Samba/Jazz piece, with vocals, shakers, and Regina Carter on violin. This is a very danceable piece.

#4 – Olympia – The Baby Dolphin – The vocals here, by Philip Hamilton, actually resonate as dolphin sounds. This is a brief, but fascinating piece.

#9 – A New Day – With vocals by Vana, Alvester, Regina, and others, this is another Brazilian-fused Jazz piece, with exotic percussion and enchanting piano.

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