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Masquerade * [Samantha Siva]

  • 1. Masquerade
    2. Poquita di Paraguana [Piano Instrumental
    3. Answer to Your Soul
    4. You Inspire Me
    5. Sugar
    6. Take This Life
    7. Coco la Mer
    8. Clouds
    9. Spirit Chaser [Piano Instrumental
    10. Interlude
    11. Six O'Clock
    12. Wild
    13. Circles
    14. Masquerade - (Remix, remix, bonus track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 54567

  • Credits
    ProducerDavid Benoit; Samantha Siva
    EngineerClark Germain; Jason Taylor; Eric Arm

    Personnel: Samantha Siva (vocals, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, synthesizer, guitar, bass, drums, programming); David Mann (saxophone, flute); Bob Berg (saxophone); David Spier (trumpet); Theo Bishop, Brockett Parsons, Dave Benoit (piano); Charles Love (Fender Rhodes piano); Pat Kelly, Chieli Minucci (acoustic guitar); Sharard Barnes (guitar); Chris Golden, Ken Wild, James Genus (bass); Poogie Bell (drums, programming); Nat Scott, John Ferraro (drums); Brad Dutz (tabla, percussion, sound effects); Phillip Hamilton (percussion).
    Principally recorded at Art Of Noise, Hollywood, California and Westlake Studios, San Diego, California.
    Personnel: Samantha Siva (vocals, guitar, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, synthesizer, drums, drum programming, loops, background vocals); Chieli Minucci (guitar, acoustic guitar); Pat Kelly (acoustic guitar); David Mann (flute, saxophone); Richard Elliot, Bob Berg (saxophone); Dave Spier (trumpet); David Benoit (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Brockett Parson, Theo Bishop (piano); Charles Love (Fender Rhodes piano); Poogie Bell (drums, drum programming, percussion programming); John Ferraro , Nathan Scott (drums); Philip Hamilton (spoons, percussion); Brad Dutz (tabla, percussion); Dennis Davis (drum programming).
    Audio Remixer: Richard Elliot.
    Recording information: Art Of Noise Studios, Hollywood, CA; Genie Studios, NY; Oceanway Studios, CA; WestLake Studios, San Diego, CA.
    British-born singer of Sri Lankan heritage Samantha Siva has achieved all of her global accolades while releasing now three recordings on her own label, and she's made some incredible all-star friends who continue to lend solid emotional and musical support. Although having names like Richard Elliot, David Benoit, Bob Berg, and Chieli Minucci will help attract smooth jazz radio, Siva's best moments are found on tracks without them. It's a blast for sure hearing Elliot's tenor driving the peppy groove of the whimsical "Answer to Your Soul," and Benoit's acoustic piano and co-production add grace and lush ambience to "Coco la Mer" (on which the well-traveled Siva sings a bit in French), the emotional "Clouds," and the swinging traditional jazz-flavored trio piece "Six O'Clock." Yet the track that engages most is the simple and eloquent "You Inspire Me," which features only piano accompaniment and is reminiscent of Lauren Christy's brilliant if obscure self-titled early-'90s debut album. On many of the other tracks, particularly the opener, "Masquerade," Siva is trying too hard to be the next Sade. This will win her fans, of course, but many of the tracks hint at a deeper vocal artistry. If the vocal element of her career ever fails, her sharp piano skills will keep folks enraptured. "Spirit Chaser" is a lush, new agey pop ballad, but the most surprising moment on the album is the fiery, discofied Latin jam featuring her on piano and Rhodes. "Poquita di Paraguana" is introduced by the gentle acoustic guitar strains of guest star Chieli Minucci. ~ Jonathan Widran

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