One for the Soul

One for the Soul

by Lizzy Mercier DesclouxLizzy Mercier Descloux

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After her deep dive into South African music on the 1984 album Zulu Rock, Lizzy Mercier Descloux had hoped to follow in a similar vein with an album recorded in New Orleans featuring both the Soweto crew she had worked with on Zulu Rock and local Cajun and zydeco musicians. However, securing visas for the South Africans proved impossible, and Mercier Descloux and producer Adam Kidron instead traveled to Brazil, where they recorded One for the Soul in Rio de Janeiro. While there's a breezy cool to Mercier Descloux's vocals and she seems to enjoy riding the percussive grooves of tunes like "God-Spell Me Wrong" and "Women Don't Like Me," for the most part she never sounds as invested with the material here as she did on Zulu Rock, and though she makes savvy use of local colors and flavors on "Queen of Overdub Kisses" and "Sound of Leblon Beach/Garden of Alas," the use of synthesizers occasionally drowns out the layers of acoustic instruments, and "A World Is a Whah" sounds more like standard-issue Latin pop than deep Brazilian grooves. While in Brazil, Mercier Descloux met Chet Baker at a jazz festival, and invited the iconic trumpeter to play on several tracks; given Baker's distinctive style, the songs on which he appears sound like they've been built around his solos, which doesn't always work to Mercier Descloux's advantage, though the originals "Fog Horn Blues" and "Love Streams" and a cover of "My Funny Valentine" suggest she could have made a fine and very individual jazz album if she'd chosen, especially with a soloist like Baker at her side. As it is, for the most part, One for the Soul is a good and clever dance record from an artist capable of a great deal more.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/26/2016
Label: Light In The Attic
UPC: 0826853013925
catalogNumber: 139
Rank: 131320

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lizzy Mercier Descloux   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Chet Baker   Trumpet,Background Vocals
Victor Biglione   Electric Guitar
Sivuca   Accordion
Djalma Corrèa   Percussion
Michel Cron   Violin
Jorge Degas   Bass
Leo Gandelman   Saxophone
Jamil Joanes   Bass
Lorenza Johnson   Background Vocals
Alceu Maia   Percussion,Background Vocals,Cavaquinho
Daudeth de Azevedo   Acoustic Guitar
Adam Kidron   Background Vocals
Marcelo Salazar   Percussion
Slim Batteux   Background Vocals
Billy Perry   Drums
Jose Luiz Mazziotti   Background Vocals
Paulo Braga   Drums
Vincent Bouvot   Keyboards
Moacyr Marques Da Silva   Bass Clarinet
Paulo "Chacal" Perira   Percussion
Luiz Fernando M. Lima   Piano
Harry Bruce   Bass

Technical Credits

Lizzy Mercier Descloux   Liner Notes
Jackson Heights   Liner Notes
Patrick McCarthy   Producer
Adam Kidron   Producer
Marcio Gama   Engineer
Andy Earl   Cover Photo
Dominique Blanc-Francard   Remixing
Olivier de Bosson   Engineer
Michel Esteban   Executive Producer,Art Direction,Inside Photo
Vivien Goldman   Liner Notes,Essay
Matt Sullivan   Producer,Executive Producer
Josh Wright   Executive Producer
Lydia Hyslop   Proof Reading

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