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New Album Release-Silva • Bell • Elation, Release Date: January 1st, 2014

Silva • Bell • Elation merges the laid-back swing jazz vocals of Dee Bell (Concord Jazz Records & Laser Records) with the perfectly executed Brazilian rhythms of “Rio-born, pianist, composer, Bay Area educator, and conductor” Marcos Silva (Concord Records).    “Her [Dee’s] earthy sweet-and-sour voice, so mellow and rhythmically assured, sounds more alluring than ever.” (author, James Gavin)
This spirited music brings together elements of the Caribbean with Andy Narell’s steel pan solos, B.B. King-style blues with the guitar solos of Barry Finnerty, and a bright new saxophone talent on the jazz scene, 17-yr-old Chris Sullivan (student of Marcos Silva), along with Silva’s energetic sidemen (Scott Thompson & Phil Thompson.) With this reworking of standards, new and old, mixed with Brazilian gems and Brazilian jazz shuffles that rework some popular favorites, this compilation, with its variety of newly-blended styles, provides an ebullient mix of Brazilian swing jazz guaranteed to lift your spirits.