March 24, 2016
CD Is An Intriguing Mix Of Jazz, Pop, Country, Bossa Nova and More and Features Guest Artists Including Al Jarreau, Kenny Loggins, Randy Brecker, Dori Caymmi, Flor De Tolache and Jimmy Haslip
NEW YORK, NEW YORK. A master vocalist with virtuoso chops, Luba Mason has created her new CD, MIXTURA as a "genre -bending " musical journey. These are the words that immediately come to mind when listening to MIXTURA, set for release June 24th on Kobalt Records. "MIXTURA is a message about the importance of art as a medium of freedom of expression and life without boundaries, says Mason, "A culmination of everything I am, have learned and experienced so far in life as a singer, musician and artist. Its meaning is a ‘blend of different musical currents,' each song evoking different parts of me and full of surprises, twists and turns."
Produced by the Yellowjackets' Jimmy Haslip, MIXTURA features 12 different tracks including 4 originals - 3 penned by Luba herself - in which she uses her voice as an instrument, one that is finely tuned and able to accomplish breathtaking vocal feats. From the soft, breathy Brazilian ballad "On The 4th Of July" featuring Dori Caymmi and Kenny Loggins, to the jazzy feel of Van Morrison's classic "Moondance" (on which Mason is splendidly accompanied by Al Jarreau) to the wildly, range - defying soulful renditions of standards such as "Love For Sale" and "All That Jazz", Mason proves she can master a wildly diverse range of sounds.
Magical folk arrangements abound in "Calm Before The Storm", a song co-written by Mason's husband Ruben Blades and the late Lou Reed, backed by the Grammy nominated all-female Mariachi band Flor de Toalache, to the tear-provoking original "Hannah" about sexual molestation to the emotional sentiment of "Motherland" sung in Mason's native Slovak tongue. The surprising blue grass reinvention of Lou Reed's "Pale Blue Eyes" and Randy Brecker's powerful and haunting solos in the track "Freedom" and "Last Snowfall" round out this exciting, luscious musical palette. A labor of love, encompassing Mason's full scope of musical, vocal and writing talents, MIXTURA is her third CD.
Luba is accompanied on MIXTURA by her band including Felipe Fournier on vibraphone and percussion who also serves as Luba's musical director, Rafael Rosa on electric and acoustic guitar, Dan Martinez on acoustic and electric bass, Joel Mateo on drums and Sara Caswell on violin.
LUBA & HER BAND MIXTURA
AT CLUB BONAFIDE
Wed. May 18th 7:30PM