Dripping with Afro-Cuban crescendos and trussed in sexy samba baiăos, Bring Nothing But Your Heart from vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Sue Maskaleris is a rush of endorphin-induced romps. Produced by Sue and Stephen Maskaleris, Bring Nothing But Your Heart is a cornucopia of party tunes groomed with Latin accents.
The recording bursts open with the Latin grooves of the title track traversing into the funky tinted rhythms of “The Big Tiri” as Maskaleris joins in the party atmosphere with a combination of lyrical and scat verses. Smooth and balmy, Maskaleris’ treatment of Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life” displays her vocal chops as a moving singer while the harmonious harmonica solo creates a dreamy escape.
The album maintains its dreamy versing with the wispy ethers of “Two Ducklings” keeled by a soft samba rhythm, while “So Sacred the Sand” is seamed in a bossa nova stitching. Both tracks showcase the lithesome tone of Maskaleris’ register, which add shimmer and warmth to the melodies. The blissful vibe emanating from the melodic cuts of “O.C.D.” feature the lyrical flutters of Oriente Lopez’s flute and the nimble movements of Horacio Hernandez on drums.
The fast paced “Ready to Love Again” has a Brazilian based rhythm which switches gears into the cruising samba beats of “A Blast of Joy” fomenting small eruptions in the horns and producing a gently froth brushing over the wavy percussions and ruminating harmonica. It’s a tune made for sipping cocktails while engaged in an enjoyable conversation.
The balladry sway of “Kisses from Ivan” have a classic pop iridescence shingled in lightly sprinkled strings which are tossed into the festive sprints racking “Baião da Aclimacão” shrouded in frilly chimes and jaunty beats. Keeping up the upbeat atmosphere are the boppish grooves of “The Meaning (Peace and Love)” and the flighty sensations moving across “Two Ducklings” which Maskaleris reprises at the end of the album.
Maskaleris’ affinity for Brazilian music is thoroughly explored on Bring Nothing But Your Heart. Her talent ranges from singer and songwriter to being a multi-instrumentalist demonstrating her diversity and willingness to dabble in every aspect of her music. She puts her heart, her soul, and her love of beautiful sounding music into her recording making for a positively charged album.
Sue Maskaleris – vocals, piano, keyboards, violins, guitar, bass, percussion, lyrics, arrangements, compositions, and production
Bring Nothing But Your Heart, The Big Tiri, Lush Life, Two Ducklings, So Sacred the Sand, O.C.D., Ready to Love Again, A Blast of Joy, Kisses from Ivan, Baião da Aclimacão, The Meaning )Peace and Love), Two Ducklings (Reprise)