A native of Germany who has settled in New York, Tranchina travels the world on the 11-track CD, singing in six languages English, Portuguese, German, Spanish, French, and Hindi.
Despite all that is going on, Tranchina has created a nicely balanced album. Fusing jazz and world music, she sounds smooth and confident no matter what she is singing.
Her husband, pianist Joe Vincent Tranchina, has writing credits on seven songs, providing for lots of original numbers. The other selections are Antonio Carlos Jobim’s "Samba De Uma Nota So" and "Inutil Paisagem," a French number called "Chante Comme Si Tu Devais Mourir Demain," and a traditional Spanish lullaby, "Duermete Nino Bonito."
The boldest number is "Asato Maa (Sat Chit Ananda)," a Hindu chant that is performed on top of Latin rhythms. At one point, Tranchina breaks into a brief rap section.
Tranchina is supported by her husband on piano, Santi Debriano on bass, Bobby Sanabria on drums and percussion, and Renato Thoms on percussion.
This is where world jazz and world music meet.
Listeners who enjoy songs of language or are just looking for something off the beaten path should check out A Song of Love’s Color.