Award-winning vocalists Linx and Joao share a common performance thread here as their respective interpretations are simply superb – theatrically emotional and dramatic, yet swinging. Their depth of emotion and lyric interplay startles. The tandem marvelously works their way through the eleven songs (each arranged by a different arranger) with energy. Nothing is held back or rendered intimidated by the nature or historical gravitas of the content.
To their significant credit, Linx and Joao work superbly within the context of the jazz orchestra’s support. They swing and soar just as their instrumental counterparts do. The Brussels Jazz Orchestra puts forth an incredibly powerful, swinging performance of the brilliantly revised and arranged tunes. The eleven different arrangers each have put forth presentations that reveres as they revise and reinvent. The group’s ensemble and solo playing here are the equal of any big band jazz orchestra on the planet.