Breath of the Soul

Breath of the Soul

by Ellen HonertEllen Honert


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According to her bio, this versatile, supple-voiced jazz singer is a native of the Netherlands and in her childhood traveled everywhere from Spain to Greece, France, and North Africa. On one of her other travels, to South America, her Euro sensibilities must have given way, because her beautifully produced debut is all about the warm embrace of Brazil -- by way of San Francisco, where famed vocal/guitar duo Tuck & Patti invited her to a jazz camp following a chance encounter after a show in Amsterdam. Patti Cathcart and Honert co-wrote and perform a hypnotic duet on the uplifting and sensual "Life Is What You Make It," which blends an inspirational pop vibe with the obvious influence of Astrud Gilberto. The disc kicks off in a similarly Brazilian mode, with Honert's torchy, sparse vocals in the intro giving way to an intimate bossa-tinged ballad. Songs like "Spring" follow the pattern, opening with only her exquisite voice before she begins romanticizing over a subtle flute-, piano-, and/or bass-driven ensemble. Certifying her international/Brazilian credentials, she adds a well-read cover of Ivan Lins' oft-covered "Love Dance." Honert edges more toward soulful AC pop on slicker tracks like "Someday," "Hope," and "Away," and tackles some of the best songwriters of the pop era with a beautiful, subtle take on Stevie Wonder's "If It's Magic" and a rousing twist on the Lennon-McCartney gem "Got to Get You into My Life." While Honert's crystal-clear vocals and emotional dynamics would light up a room without a harmony instrument in sight, her California connections come through handsomely for her; Breath of the Soul features contributions from veteran jazz cats Alex Acu�a, Abraham Laboriel, Dori Caymmi, Andy Narell, and members of the Turtle Island String Quartet.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/14/2006
Label: Cd Baby
UPC: 0783707276601
catalogNumber: 5637288407
Rank: 178317

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ellen Honert   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Tuck Andress   Guitar
Dori Caymmi   Guitar,Vocals
Andy Narell   Steel Pan
Alex Acuña   Percussion,Drums
David Balakrishnan   Violin
Patti Cathcart   Vocals
Pedro Eustache   Flute
Ray Fuller   Guitar
William Kennedy   Drums
Abraham Laboriel   Bass,Drums
Tony Lindsay   Vocals
Marc Russo   Alto Saxophone
Mark Summer   Cello
Joseph Hérbert   Cello
Frank Gayer Martin   Piano,Conductor,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano
Mads Tolling   Viola

Technical Credits

Ivan Lins   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Tuck Andress   Composer,Liner Notes
George Duke   Composer
Turtle Island String Quartet   Contributor
Patti Cathcart   Composer,Liner Notes
Kenny Evans   Engineer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Gilson Peranzzetta   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
David Frazer   Engineer
David Wishart   Artwork
Frank Gayer Martin   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Bruno Canale   Engineer
Paul Williams   Composer
Ellen Honert   Composer

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