|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 players 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, but the deal fell through a few months later, and it never received 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.
Because the record label insisted on competing in the absurd loudness wars, the CD was mastered to be quite loud, resulting in a loss of dynamics. The version sold here was taken from the original pre-record-deal master, which has a lower overall volume (a good thing) and better dynamic range. This version also restores our original song order, which had been changed for the CD, and includes two interludes, Jam #6 and Jam #7, which the record company omitted.
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.