A complementing coalescence of American smooth swing and Latin bossa nova, I Wanna Be Your Star from vocalist Nancy Goudinaki is an emporium of classic jazz paradigms. A striking vocalist, Goudinaki displays a range that reaches the high notes and low timbres with sheer clarity. She also displays her talents as a gifted guitarist in the instrumental “Milonga” blending flamenco-style wavelets with finely threaded chord progressions entwining world music influences. Produced by her bassist Richie Goods and arranged by her pianist Orrin Evans, I Wanna Be Your Star travels through a rich assortment of jazz-tinged tunes that communicate with the listener on an intimate level.
Singing the title track in Spanish, Goudinaki’s vocals embrace the lyrical content with a passionate hold that grabs the listener’s attention. Translating the words into English is not necessary to experience the pull of the lyrics. Her vocals alone pull the listener into its vortex. American smooth swing numbers like “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” and “Fine and Mellow” show Goudinaki’s vocal skills to adapt to the dulcet texture and emotive impulses of the piano keys played by Orrin Evans.
Goudinaki jumps into swinging romps like “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” and “Almost Like Being in Love” with a gusto that galvanizes listeners attention whether they’re fans of classic jazz or not. She brings to the party her affection for the genre which entices audiences to experience the pleasure she finds in the music. The bossa nova number “Birds of Paradise” has an exotic island tint that transports the listener along blissful raptures contrasting the introspective verses of “I’ll Be Seeing You” which emanate a Judy Garland-gaze in the stirring bereavement expressed in the lyrics. Goudinaki comes back with a spring in her stride along “My Heart Stood Still” showing a sprint reminiscent of her predecessors, Ella Fitzgerald and Anita O’Day.
Nancy Goudinaki brings a fresh voice and a passionate spirit to the classic jazz spectrum. Her debut album I Wanna Be Your Star is an emporium of classic jazz paradigms with the potency to attract world music audiences.
Nancy Goudinaki – vocals and guitar, Orrin Evans – piano and arrangements, Dwayne Burno – bass, JD Allen – tenor saxophone, Rudy Royston – drums, Miles Griffith – vocals, Daniel Sadownick – percussion, and Richie Goods – bass
Birds of Paradise, Almost Like Being in Love, I’ll Be Seeing You, Just Friends, Milonga, Fine and Mellow, I Wanna Be Your Star, My Heart Stood Still, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea