|01||Old Devil Moon|
|02||I Remember You|
|Where Is the Love|
|Reis e Rainhas do Maracatu|
|Come Rain or Come Shine|
|I've Got to Use My Imagination|
|There's a Boat Dat's Leavin'|
|10||Oh, You Crazy Moon|
|Love Me or Leave Me|
|With Every Breath I Take|
|Before We Lose Tomorrow|
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before jazz vocalist Maija (pronounced "Maya") sings a note on her new album,
"Before We Lose Tomorrow", one gets the feeling she's in god company, thanks to
Mike Crotty's sinuous horn chart for "Old Devil Moon." Along with several other
musicians who frequently play around town, including bassist Drew Gress and
trumpeter Chris Battistone, Crotty is responsible for helping frame and flatter
Maija's often sensuous balladry.
To her endless credit, Maija isn't the sort of singer who tries to sell a song with a smiley face and an abundance of enthusiasm. On the contrary, she's more apt to inhabit a lyric than peddle it. Save for an occasional melismatic wrinkle, she scats nimbly and swings easily, yet her real strength lies in her thoughtful approach to ballads, which she sings in English, Spanish and Portuguese with often haunting results.
Crotty's four savvy horn arrangements and Battistone's muted trumpet help put a jazz spin on several of the pop ballads, including "Where Is the Love" and "Come Rain or Come Shine," but no matter what the origin of the ballad or the setting, whether it's Ivan Lins's cautionary title track or an unusual and decidedly bluesy recitation of "I've Got to Use My Imagination," there's no mistaking the alternately tender and sultry allure of Maija's interpretations.
--- Mike Joyce