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The San Jose, CA-based Kat Parra is a flexible and broad-minded jazz vocalist who has very strong Latin leanings but has also been affected by Middle Eastern, Arabic, and North African music. In many cases, the term Latin jazz has been used to describe Afro-Cuban jazz -- and Afro-Cuban music has, in fact, been a major influence on Parra, who has cited the late Cuban salsa queen Celia Cruz as one of her idols. But Afro-Cuban music is not the only type of Latin music that has influenced Parra, who has also combined jazz with everything from Brazilian samba to Afro-Peruvian music. Another big influence on Parra (who plays flute, guitar, and piano) has been the traditional music of Spain's Sephardic Jews; Parra, who has recorded jazz arrangements of some traditional Sephardic songs (including "Por la Tu Puerta" and "Esta Montanya d'Enfrente"), is Jewish herself and has said that read more...
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Birds in FlightBirds in Flight
Patois Records 2007
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Azucar De AmorAzucar De Amor
CD Baby 2016
$4.90 (used)
Songbook of the AmericasSongbook of the Americas
CD Baby 2016
$2.44 (used)
Songbook of the Am?ricas by Kat ParraSongbook of the Am?ricas by Kat Parra
JazzMa Records
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Las Aventuras de Pasion! by Kat Parra (2013-05-04)Las Aventuras de Pasion! by Kat Parra (2013-05-04)
JazzMa Records
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KAT PARRA Birds In Flight album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Birds In Flight
Latin Jazz 2006
KAT PARRA Azucar De Amor album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Azucar De Amor
Afro-Cuban Jazz 2008
KAT PARRA Kat Parra & The Sephardic Music Experience : Dos Amantes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kat Parra & The Sephardic Music Experience : Dos Amantes
World Fusion 2010
KAT PARRA Las Aventuras De Pasión! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Las Aventuras De Pasión!
World Fusion 2012
KAT PARRA Songbook of the Américas album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Songbook of the Américas
Latin Jazz 2016

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It's a Beautiful Day
Vocal Jazz 2015

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KAT PARRA Songbook of the Américas

Album · 2016 · Latin Jazz
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Taking a quick glance at vocalist Kat Parra’s new CD, you might get the impression that this is another one of those ‘Great American Songbook’ albums, but a closer look at the title reveals an important extra ‘s’, as the correct title is “Songbook of the Americas”, with the word ‘Americas’ letting us know that these songs include the entire north and south continents, from Chile to the USA. Kat covers a lot of ground on here with songs that come from Cuba, Peru, Argentina and more, and styles as varied as mambo, cha-cha, be-bop, rumba and much more. None of this is out of her reach, as Parra is well versed in vocal styles all over the globe.

“Songbook of the Americas” opens nicely with a mambo version of the well known standard, “Four”, for which Kat added new lyrics. This is followed by a cha-cha version of Betty Carter’s sassy “Please do Something” and a swinging version of Bird’s “Au Privave” (re-titled “Wouldn’t it be Sweet”), for which Kat once again provided new lyrics. The album picks up a bit when Tuck and Patti join Kat on her original “Dare to Dream”, as Kat and Patti’s harmonizing together is truly remarkable, but things really start to take off when Kat settles into more traditional Latin fare.

Something happens to Parra’s voice when she sings in Spanish on “Maria Lando”, Veinte Anos” and “Como La Cigarra”. These Latin songs call for a different style of singing and it seems to fit Kat well as she brings the power and passion in her voice up a few notches. The album closes out with four more tracks, including a vocal duet with Nate Pruitt on a rumba version of “Till there was You”. Album closer, “Mambo Italiano”, brings things to an end with a sense of humor.

There are a lot of pluses on “Songbook of the Americas”, Kat’s many duets with her guests are all outstanding, and her contributions in writing and arranging show that she is much more than just a singer. This album will probably be one of the more original vocal albums to come out this year.

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