Rising Stars [Issue
A Paper Doll With A Soul To Burn By
Last Tango In Rio
With the release
of her second album, Last Tango in Rio, the Argentinean jazz chanteuse
Gabriela Anders has given us yet another mesmerizing record.
She released her
debut album, Wanting, in 1998 and has worked with the likes of Grover
Washington Jr. and Celia Cruz in the past few years. Gabrielas innate
ability to fuse styles and sounds came through on a few independent demo tracks
she had made on the cheap and sent to the record labels general addresses
listed on the New York Yellow Pages. To that end, Gabriela went on to become
one of the only artists ever signed to the Warner Music Group from unsolicited
From Vogue and People Magazine to the New Yorker, critics have
praised Gabriela as one of the most distinctive new voices to hit the
music scene in years.
Put the cozy and velvety voice of Billie Holiday together with the nostalgic
sound of the bandoneon and you are a step closer to what Last Tango in Rio
sounds like. From Gabrielas soulful voice and the classical guitar arrangements
to the subtle beat of the bass, this album brings out the unexpected versatility
of jazz in the most sincere way.
Born into a family of musicians in Buenos Aires, Gabriela began her musical
journey at an early age. She studied classical guitar and piano while listening
closely to her father, jazz saxophonist Jorge Anders. There were so many
influences when I was growing up, and I wanted to do something with them all.
My fathers concerts and studio work certainly affected me, as did tango
and the music of Brazil, says Gabriela. [They] are so harmonically
And in Last Tango in Rio, Gabriela uses that Latin American sensibility
as she covers such classics of American jazz as God Bless the Child,
All of Me, and You Go to My Head. Gold Bless
the Child is such a touching song to me and to just about everyone who
has heard Billie (Holiday) perform it, says Gabriela. Billies
work has meant so much to me and it has been a dream of mine to take these songs
and spin them in my own way.
So, why Last Tango in Rio and not in Buenos Aires (as one
would expect)? Because I wanted to put an end to this historic soccer-related
animosity between Argentina and Brazil, adds Gabriela. I put tango
next to the Brazilian guitars like a marriage. I wanted to unite the people
Last Tango In Rio