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Sarah McKenzie

Without You

Normandy Lane Music
Release Date: October 17, 2023

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Quoi, Quoi, Quoi
Smooth FM | Sarah McKenzie - You Must Believe In Spring
Montreux Jazz Festival 2017
1 The Gentle Rain  
2 Corcovado (Quiet Nights)  
3 The Voice of Rio  
4 Mean What You Say  
5 Fotografia  
6 Quoi, Quoi, Quoi  
7 Once I loved  
8 Without You  
9 Wave  
10 Dindi  
11 The Girl From Ipanema  
12 Chega de Saudade  
13 Bonita  
14 Modinha  
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Jazz pianist, composer and singer, Sarah McKenzie is releasing her sixth album, ‘Without You’. A Brazilian jazz project that conveys her love for Brazilian music and culture, ‘Without You’ includes a generous amount of Antonio Carlos Jobim songs along with four of McKenzie’s originals and a few other selections, all played tastefully, and in her own inventive way.

“I’ve always loved the music of Brazil, Tom Jobim, Elis Regina, and of course Astrud Gilberto,” says Sarah McKenzie. “What I especially love about Jobim is the simplicity and clarity of his melodies, songs that one can remember and sing.”

“I went to Rio de Janeiro in 2017 and played at the official opening of the Blue Note jazz club and also a famous Brazilian television show called ‘Encontro com Fátima Bernardes’. At night I jammed with local musicians, who were most generous and tremendously talented. I had a fantastic time being in Brazil. I always wanted to record Brazilian music but not a typical ‘jazz singer does a Brazil tribute’ album.”

At that concert, opening Rio’s Blue Note jazz club, Sarah performed with the brilliant Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo, who had previously played on her ‘Paris in the Rain’ album and has for years accompanied Astrud Gilberto on her tours. And she met the legendary Jacques Morelenbaum, the original cellist with Antonio Carlos Jobim. The genesis of ‘Without You’ began right there and then! Astonishingly those two Brazilian legends had never before performed nor recorded together.

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