International recording artist Zoe Scott has swapped the world of rock for Bossa Nova with her Bossa debut album ‘Shades Of Love’. Enlisting the talents of producer Moogie Canazio who is known for his all-analog recording style, Scott really wanted to immerse herself in the genre and pay homage to the its pioneers.
Opener ‘Quiet Nights’ was previously released as a single and was originally written by Antonio Carlos Jobim who is regarded as one of the genre’s innovators. Her textured lead vocal blends beautifully with the acoustic piano from Daniel Jobim’s (Antonio Carlos Jobim’s grandson) as she tells the tale of two people who are brought together through their love and want truly want to be together forever.
Next we have the classic ‘I’ll Stand By You’ which was originally made famous by Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders and it has a tranquil delivery.
Another Jobim track on the album is entitled ‘Wave’ and features Daniel again only this time he is scatting in a style which is similar to his grandfather.
Closing with Amy Winehouse’s ‘You Know I’m No Good’ features a strident organ and in talking about the track Scott admits “… When maybe like Amy, I had one more lover than I should have. Perhaps afterwards, I regretted all the consequences of the affair.” Below, you can watch the stunning video, which sees a couple ballroom dancing across London streets, a meeting of svelte retro and urban modernism.
Whilst Zoe Scott admitted “I chose each song for personal and artistic reasons. I related to them and each is a snapshot of a part of my journey I wanted to share” an original Bossa Nova song would have been a welcome addition in this selection but perhaps that is something that will be on the cards in the future.
In summary, Zoe Scott has shown that she is able to create a body of work which showcases not only her immense talents as a vocalist but also the talents of everyone involved in the project as ‘Shades Of Love’ will only help to bring Bossa Nova to a new audience.