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Gone With The Wind by Christina Machado

The liner notes on the back cover of Christina Machado’s record, Gone With The Wind, make mention of the New Orleans-based singer’s Cuban heritage and her love affair with the native sounds of the Crescent City. However, listeners will not find much of this on Gone With The Wind. The album, produced by young lion trumpeter Nicholas Payton and featuring an A-list of that city’s sidemen, is for the most part a by-the-numbers recording of standards and one Machado original ("Free Yourself".)

That’s not to say that the album is unlistenable: quite the contrary. The songs on Gone With The Wind are given enough space in the arrangements to develop of their own accord, to allow for ample solo space, and to let Machado play with the meter of the lyrics. "I Remember You", "On A Clear Day", and "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?" are low simmering classic torch, Machado’s delivery perfect. Antonio Carlos Jobim’s "Wave" is given a bop-heavy feel that fits the original melody of the song. I just found myself going back to "Free Yourself", especially its intro, which truly captures the essence of New Orleans in about eight seconds. The song itself was the one moment of the album that broke from the mold and was different. If this is where Machado is going with her music, I’ll come back to the well for another drink of water.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Christina Machado
  • CD Title: Gone With The Wind
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: Summit Records
  • Rating: Three Stars
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