|Full album download - MP3||$10||Add to cart|
|Full album download - AAC||$10||Add to cart|
|Full album download - Apple Lossless (ALAC)||$14||Add to cart|
|Full album download - FLAC||$14||Add to cart|
MP3 – The most widely-supported format.
AAC – Works in iTunes (Mac & PC). Better sound than MP3.
Apple Lossless (ALAC) – CD quality, for Apple/iOS devices
FLAC – CD quality, for Windows/Android devices
More about formats here.
“Dia Real is a perfect example of the soulful Pan American sound that seems to spring naturally from Northern California.”
Alexa Weber Morales, Think Song
Tanaóra was a sextet I co-led with singer-songwriter Cecilia Engelhart and percussionist Michael Spiro.
Our music blends jazz and pop music from the Caribbean, Brazil, and the USA and features top musicians from the Bay Area jazz and world music scenes.
After funding the production ourselves, we signed a manufacturing and distribution deal with a small label. Dia Real was released in early 2009. The deal fell through a few months later, before it could receive a proper publicity campaign. It’s now available here exclusively.
I played piano and keyboards, arranged, engineered overdubs (percussion, piano, voice, saxes, guitars), edited, and assisted with the mixing and mastering.
This re-release improves on the initial release. To compete in the absurd loudness wars, the label required us to re-master the recording to make it louder, resulting in lower-quality sound. The version sold here is taken from the original master, which sounds better, restores our original song order (changed at the label’s insistence), and includes two interludes, Jam #6 and Jam #7, which the label had removed. We hope you’ll listen to the whole thing from start to finish!
See below for more details.
Cecilia Engelhart – voice
Bob Karty – piano, keyboards
Michael Spiro – percussion
David Belove – bass
Paul Van Wageningen – drums
Ron Stallings – soprano & tenor saxophones
Rollón: Ray Obiedo – guitar; Carlos Caro – guira
Bonita: Carlos Oliveira – guitar
Love Understands: Jeff Buenz – guitar
Día Real: Melecio Magdaluyo – alto sax; Carlos Oliveira – guitar
The Katanga Patrol and Polka Dots and Moonbeams: Jeff Cressman – trombone
Produced by Cecilia Engelhart, Bob Karty, and Michael Spiro.
Recorded by Jeff Cressman at Bay Recording and by Bob Karty at home.