“The best version of 'INSENSATEZ' I've ever heard! ”
— Jerry Maddock, Host of KGNU's "Jazz Lives"
JAZZ SINGER JANINE GASTINEAU's MEMORABLE DEBUT CD, ALL MY WILDEST DREAMS:
An important singer from the Denver jazz scene, Janine Gastineau recently released her first CD, ALL MY WILDEST DREAMS. Joined by some of Denver’s top players, Ms. Gastineau performs a set of her favorite standards, creating fresh and colorful interpretations that make the vintage songs not only sound relevant but brand new. Janine has an attractive, distinctive and often-haunting voice that is quietly expressive. Whether it is straight ahead jazz, ballads or bossa-novas, she puts her stamp on each song, creating music that is filled with subtle surprises.
Joining Janine on her musical adventures is a notable cast of talented musicians. Eric Gunnison was Carmen McRae’s pianist during 1986-91, toured the world with the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, and has worked for many years with Roberta Gambarini. Guitarist Mitchell Long, who is showcased on two numbers that he arranged, has worked extensively with Melody Gardot and toured with Waldemar Bastos. Bassist Eduardo “Bijoux” Barbosa, who arranged four numbers, has been on over 400 recordings and has worked with Dave and Don Grusin, Nelson Rangell, Lee Ritenour and Stanley Clarke. The other musicians, pianist Jeff Jenkins (who is on three selections), guitarist Bill Kopper, drummer Jill Fredericksen and percussionist Raoul Rossiter, have all uplifted the music of a countless number of artists.
All My Wildest Dreams is full of inventive frameworks that feature Janine at her best. “The Nearness Of You” and Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Vivo Sonhando” showcase her in intimate duets with Mitchell Long. “The Nearness Of You” is a particular delight for Long also sings a bit and harmonizes perfectly with Janine. She performs heartfelt ballad versions of Sting’s “Fragile” “My Funny Valentine” (which has some exquisite bowed bass from Barbosa), “Blame It On My Youth,” and “God Bless The Child,” the latter a duet with Barbosa. Other selections include a medley of “Blue Skies” and “In Walked Bud,” “Take Five,” a bossa nova treatment of “It Never Entered My Mind,” fresh versions of “Caravan” and Summertime,” the obscure 1930s song “Blue River,” and the melancholy “Insensatez.”
Gastineau grew up listening to everything from classical to Motown and the pop music of the day. She discovered jazz while in college where she studied classical voice and began singing in different languages. Since 2006, she has primarily worked as a soloist, focusing on jazz, the Great American Songbook and Brazilian music. In addition to her club performances, she has created several original musical revues, shows featuring the music of Rodgers & Hart, Joni Mitchell and Stephen Sondheim. A multi-genre singer, she sings Brazilian music in Portuguese, has performed chanson and French pop music in French, and has also sung in Spanish, German and Cape Verde Creole.
With the release of the impressive All My Wildest Dreams, Janine Gastineau is poised to be recognized far beyond Denver as an important jazz and Brazilian singer. - jazz critic Scott Yanow