BY LEE ZIMMERMAN
Marti Jones – singer, songwriter, artist and wife of fellow musician and entrepreneur Don Dixon – strikes an unlikely stance with You’re Not the Bossa Me, an album that takes its cue entirely from Brazilian boss nova. It’s not a new tack; artists as diverse as Kirsty MacColl and Todd Rundgren have taken a turn towards the tropics, even to the point of reinterpreting their own standards. However, in Jones’ case, the choice is far more unexpected, especially given her usual Americana trappings and a lengthy musical pedigree that’s offered no hint that this kind of diversion was in the offing.
Nevertheless, Jones’ easy, breezy vocals seem an ideal fit for this stylistic switch, and the songs themselves are so suited to the groove, they sound like instant standards. Producer Kelley Ryan, hubby Don Dixon, guitarist Paul Cebar, percussionist Jim Brock and utility man Jon Thornton add a natural air of authenticity, but it’s the songwriting – all of which is original fare courtesy of the participants –that makes it all sound seamless.
Whether it’s “Walking to Brasil,” “Lovely As the Day is Long,” “Heart and Bone” – or any other entry for that matter — there’s little variation in either tone or tempo. So while Jones’ approach is consistently soothing, the tracks are practically indistinguishable one from any other. Best then to consider this as inoffensive background music – lush, lovely and decidedly unobtrusive.
DOWNLOAD: “Walking to Brasil,” “Lovely As the Day is Long,” “Heart and Bone”