Osi on Vocals, Joe Vincent Tranchina on Piano, Benny Koonyevsky on Drums and Percussion,
Marty Confurious on Bass, and Emmanuel Mann on Electric Bass
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
March 23, 2005
This is a must-own CD, if you like the music of Edith Piaf, Brazilian Samba, and romantic swing. Osi has a sultry, very New York sound, and her perky personality can quickly melt into rapturous melancholy, depending on the mood of the moment. Osi sings in English, French, and Portuguese, with flawless accents.
#1 – Whisper Not – This title song is replete with Osi’s songbird vocalizations in each and every note, and the bass adds a buoyant, swing beat. The pianist and Osi switch leads effortlessly.
#2 – Chega De Saudade (No More Blues) – This popular Brazilian Samba was actually one of the dance songs for my Brazilian Samba lessons with Carlos Porto. This is a hot, sexy, danceable track, sung with native Portuguese skill.
#4 – La Vie, L’Amour – An Edith Piaf standard, this rapid, emotional song requires perfect French, and Osi held her own to evoke the early, Parisian cabaret motif. The Samba rhythm adds to the dance energy, thanks to the piano and percussion.
#12 – Rien De Rien – One of my longtime Piaf favorites, this song equally evokes memories and abandon. Osi was true to the poignancy and maturity required of this brilliant ballad, and she sang a strong signature finale.