Magalí Datzita (vcl, b), Joan Chamorro (sax, b), Andrea Motis (tp, vcl), Ignasi Terraza (p), Josep Traver (g), Esteve Pi (d). Guest Josep M. Farràs (tp), Víctor Correa (tb), Scott Robinson, Perico Sambeat (saxes), Curro Gálvez (b), Sant Andreu Jazz Band
It is impossible to remain indifferent whilst listening to Magalí singing. Her voice is special, uniquely beautiful, and combines sweetness and character in a balanced way, instinctively, I would say. [...]
Magalí Datzira is a double bass player and a vocalist. In the second CD-DVD of the Sant Andreu Jazz Band, which she took part in the recording of when she was only 13 years old, she started to sing and we were able to glimpse an original and very personal voice. She has a very particular way of approaching tempo and melodies, reading them in a special way and confronting a score as if compass bars did not exist.
01. Someone To Watch Over Me
(George & Ira Gershwin) 4:15
02. Honeysuckle Rose (Waller) 4:20
03. Bye Bye Love
(Felice & Boudleaux Bryant) 3:02
04. Insensatez (Jobim) 5:34
05. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
(Sigmund Romberg) 3:25
06. Nature Boy (Ahbez) 4:21
07. Give Me A Break (Datzira) 3:14
08. Georgia On My Mind (Carmichael) 2:17
09. Alone Together (Schwartz) 3:33
10. Just A Closer Walk With Thee
11. Love Is Here To Stay
(George & Ira Gershwin) 3:39
12. 'Round Midnight (Monk) 5:32
13. Wade In The Water (Traditional) 3:35
14. I Fall In Love Too Easily (Styne) 4:53
15. Unchain My Heart (Sharp) 3:36
Total time: 61:00 min. approx.
Magalí Datzira (bass & vocals), Joan Chamorro (bass, tenor & baritone sax), Andrea Motis (trumpet on #2,6,7,9,10,12,13,14 vocal on #4,13), Perico Sambeat (alto sax on #6,10,11,15), Ignasi Terraza (piano), Josep Traver (guitar), Esteve Pi (drums). Guest: Josep Ma. Farràs (trumpet on #10), Víctor Correa (trombone on #11), Scott Robinson (tenor sax on #5), Iscle Datzira (tenor sax on #7), Curro Gálvez (bass on #6,11,15), Sant Andreu Jazz Band on #11 & 12.
Arrangements: Joan Chamorro, Alfons Carrascosa (#6,11,15)
Recorded by Josep Roig, David Casamitjana & Nacho Nogueras
Auditori Pau Casals, El Vendrell, August 29, 2012
L'Auditori, Festival del Mil·leni, January 11, 2014
Sala Clamores, Madrid, Jan. 31 & Feb. 1, 2014
CODA Estudis, Terrassa, Barcelona, March 4, 2014
Edition, mixing & mastering by CODA Produccions Musicals, Josep Roig & Joan Chamorro
Produced by Jazz to Jazz & Joan Chamorro
I wanted this to be an assorted album: a combination of different rhythms, different voices and textures a variety that essentially represents the different tonalities of one and the same color.
"Chamorro is a Spanish bassist (and saxophonist) and mastermind behind this showcase for new vocalist Datzira, a youngster who combines the small-voiced fey charm of a Stacey Kent with a behind-the-beat allegiance to the phrasing of Billie Holiday. She opens with a quartet version of Someone To Watch Over Me, complete with the verse, this and the succeeding tracks adorned by the very swingy piano of Ignasi Terraza. Datzira moves into country mode with Bye Bye Love and then essays a touch of the Jobims before she tackles Softly As In A Morning Sunrise, taken at up tempo, complete with guest tenorist Scott Robinsons gruff accompaniment.
Thereafter Datzira and company move their way through an eclectic collection of songs, including Closer Walk (this with Perico Sambeats classy soprano) and Round Midnight, the backing ensembles flexing according to her needs viz. Georgia; taken as a duo with Chamorro on baritone sax. She, perhaps unwisely, chooses to scat on her brothers Give Me A Break, its author offering some West Coast-ish tenor before a gospelly version of Wade In The Water. Last of all, her small group is augmented by the Sant Andreu Jazz Band on Unchain My Heart. Surprisingly, Chamorro is the vocalist on the Baker-like I Fall In Love with Datzira crossing to the bass.
Whether Ms Datzira is the real deal remains to be seen: shes certainly ambitious and maybe needs to concentrate on a single genre rather than try to encompass them all. Look out for Andrea Motis, another Spanish youngster, who plays good boppish trumpet on several tracks."
Peter Vacher (October, 2014)
The Jazz Rag