No matter that there was another Arctic blast of winter in New England, singer Rebecca Parris packed in a full house at Chan's in Woonsocket RI Saturday evening with a heated set that had us feeling like we were in Rio.
The Boston-based singer, always a huge draw at Chan's, was joined by saxophonist Dan Moretti, pianist Tim Ray, bassist Dave Zinno and drummer Steve Langone for a heart-warming and solid evening.
They took a blend of American Songboook and jazz standards - and performed them with a variety of Brazilian rhythms. Parris was in her element, a master of working the beat with her uncanny phrasing and sense of time.
The first set explored Speak Low," Darn That Dream," I Fall in Love Too Easily," You Don't Know What Love Is" and quite appropriately Tom Jobim's classic Dindi"--with a Parris storytelling twist--and Chega de Saudade" (No More Blues).
Parris has taken a hit with health issues over the last few years, but it hasn't affected her singing. Hallelujah.
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