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Album Review

Broadway veteran Luba Mason was serious when she called her 2004 recording debut Collage — an amalgamation of numerous styles and cover songs, the results were winsome and joyfully schizophrenic. But there's something to be said for focus, and the singer's keen ability to draw powerful seductive emotion from a generally low-key approach is right at home in the sensual world of Brazilian music. The result is a truly sweet and subtle, even krazy collection that marks her true emergence as an artist with a distinctive vibe and character — helped by the fact that she wrote or co-wrote eight of the ten songs. Krazy Love's elegant title track and "From Me to You" set the tone of instant seduction with a gentle groove, while the next tune picks up the percussive pace as she takes listeners for a "Lovely" and whimsical ride. The collection's general flow is exemplified by a sweetly exotic Portuguese piece like "Olhos Nos Olhos" followed by something brisk and whimsical like the ode to her childhood memories, "This House." Mason is joined by a bunch of krazy musical lovers, including well-known Brazilian pianist and keyboardist Renato Neto (who has played with Prince's band), Jimmy Haslip, and guests Hubert Laws (whose flute adds transcendent charm to "This House") and her husband, Rubén Blades, who does an English-Portuguese duet with her on "E com Esse Que Eu Vou." It's a wonderful coming-out party for an artist who's found her kraziness doing the Rio thing.

Customer Reviews

Nice Album, Great Beat

Great vocals and beat on this album!

Exquisite! A real find...

Luba Mason was a Broadway performer (Will Rogers' Follies, How to Succeed in Business... Jekyll & Hyde), and a really good one; but in this recording she has avoided the trap that a lot of Broadway singers make in not finding their unique voice beyond the footlights. In this recording Luba has reveals a true jazz artist. Every song is a gem, and some are astonishing in their musical surprises, a rarity these days of corporate music (Luba wrote much of the music also). The musicianship from both singers (including her husband Ruben Blades) and the band is top-notch. If this recording was an LP, I'd have worn it out already.

Luba Mason's Talent Shines Through On This Album!

Barbara Striesand came to mind more than once while listening to Luba Mason on her new decidedly adult contemporary jazz flavored new release Krazy Love. Drawing comparison to a long-standing talent like Ms. Striesand could never hurt one’s career. Everyone likes to maintain their own identity but comparisons are inevitable mainly if it’s pleasantly obvious and in this case that factor applies and works to the singer’s strong points and the presentation value of this album. Husband Ruben Blades appears as a guest vocalist on the Latino track “E Com Esse Que Eu Vou,” which I had a hard time spelling never mind saying. It works well and they sound made for each other as the give and take on the track. Regardless of any language barriers there were for my ears, this was an enjoyable track just the same and very well done. The next track Luba goes it alone on “Olhos nos Olhos” and proves that she has what it takes to jump easily back and forth with different styles, languages, and musical genres. This is the juncture that her many talents fuse on Krazy Love. The musicianship and production on this album is very good as well. The band is Renato Neto (piano and keys), Jimmy Haslip (bass) who has built quite a reputation for himself as a bass player over the years, Cassio Duarte (percussion), Marco Costa (drums) and Sandro Albert (guitar), who is exceptionally talented and provides some nice smooth tones and moods to support Luba’s vocals. Some distinguished guests besides Blades are the legendary Hubert Laws (flute on “My House”), Andy Martin (trombone) and Frank Marocco (accordion). It is no wonder this recording sounds so polished and readymade for any jazz station’s playlist and it crosses over to Latin-Jazz quite nicely as well. Luba Mason should be a name that you will hear more often over the next few years. It is always a good introduction to a jazz artist to do some favorable well-known covers, especially if they are performed with heart and soul. The next time out I would love to hear some more improvisational work with the music and original songs from Ms. Mason and I would anticipate that being something very special indeed. Until then there is plenty to enjoy on this CD. Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck January 25, 2009

Krazy Love, Luba Mason
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Vocal
  • Released: Jan 27, 2009

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