29 Aug UK magazine
Another fantastic review from the UK magazine In Tune International of my Latin Jazz CD “Live and Alive” “Mari shines here in a spectacular nine-song concert from last
year in UCLA’s Jan Popper Theater. Mari is from Naples, Italy
and sings beautifully in Portuguese, Spanish and English.
“Chega de Saudade” (Jobim/ deMoraes) opens her concert.
Her bass playing husband Leo and Angelo Metz offer their
amazingly delightful soft flowing musical assist. “Fascinating
Rhythm” (Gershwins) contains a very sly slow verse. Mari then
completely overwhelms in her upbeat swinging vocal. Listen for
Justo Almario gorgeous flute solo here.
Ms. Nobre’s delicate take on “When I Fall In Love”
(Young/Heyman) is a standout romantic musical delight. Finally
in Spanish she interpets the standard “Frenesi” (Dominguez)
with full-fledged care. Daniel Szabo is in the spotlight here on
piano opening her very dramatic performance. Then her vocal
really builds and builds to a majestic rhythmic swing conclusion.”