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Lellis, Tom, Southern Exposure

The influence of Brazil and the Southern Hemisphere permeates the new CD from Adventure Music by singer/instrumentalist/composer/lyricist Tom Lellis. He has gathered the renowned Brazilian guitarists Toninho Horta and Romero Lubambo along with some of America’s finest jazz musicians including Dave Kikoski, Kenny Werner and others to create a CD that is a unique blend of both worlds of music through a Brazilian looking glass. Jobim, Djavan, Nascimento, Horta/Lellis collaborations, Lellis originals and standards like "Beyond the Sea" and "Be My Love" are presented with infectious Brazilian rhythms and sophisticated harmonies, including the silky textures of the vocal group Full Voice on a dedication to Antonio Carlos "Tom" Jobim. "Soulful, intimate and full of heart. This CD is a rare gem, consistently enjoyable, superbly played, it’s a must have for fans of Brazilian jazz and all those weary of hype and flash." -All Music Guide "He owns a unique place in the music embellishing a tradition that few are tracking, combining vocalese, scatting, crooning and high-wire vocal acrobatics. He is also a brilliant writer of lyrics, combining romanticism, hidden meanings and turned around clichés into an alluring, sometimes startling meld of vocal expression. Lellis has the desire to be an intelligent interpreter of jazz and there is no doubt he succeeds." - Ann Arbor News