Perpetual Emotion is the Brazilian singer's first American recording since 1987 and her first for Narada Jazz. This recording has an expected arrival date of February 13, 2001. Flora performs a cool mix of mainstream and Brazilian sounds incorporating the music of Kurt Weill, Chick Corea, Antonio Carlos Jobim and McCoy Tyner. Her innovative style lends itself beautifully to this novel mix.
If this CD is any indication of what we can expect from Flora Purim and Narada Jazz, the future looks very bright. There is something for every taste on this session. I especially loved the tender treatment given to Jobim's beautiful "Fotografia" which features some enticing background vocals and exciting piano, guitar and percussion.
The singer is forever doing the unexpected and carries it off flawlessly. Purim's voice is like a magic carpet ride with nothing but the smoothest bumps, twists and dives. Another track, "Airto's Jazz Dance" kicks off at a furious tempo featuring Christian Jacob's piano and Flora's voice soaring at a pitch that is almost inaudible. Airto's percussion enters the fray and completes a near perfect performance.
There are no mediocre performances among the eleven tracks presented. Flora and her musicians have a winner on their hands.