Brazilian singer and composer Dani Gurgel brings her unique scatting syllables to Japan with her new solo album TUQTI, featuring the song Cadê a Rita?.
Dani Gurgel’s precise scatting combines a reed instrument with a Brazilian pandeiro. It is a mix of the percussive and syncopated sound of the Portuguese language with the swaying curves of English. "A fantastic syllabary", notes German newspaper Badische Zeitung, and "scatted vocal adventures" according to German magazine Jazzthetik. This Brazilian singer and composer puts together her experience as a big band saxophone player and rock band bassist in the same cauldron as her ongoing work as a music photographer and video director, stirred with diverse influences and poured as determination.
TUQTI is an onomatopoeia of Gurgel’s samba percussive scatting, the record’s first sound. It features her own compositions, stitched together with music by Brazil’s newest and finest composers by producer and drummer Thiago Rabello along with creative and contemporary musicians Gabriel Santiago (acoustic guitar), Conrado Goys (electric guitar) and Frederico Heliodoro (bass). This dream team is complete with special guests Ingrid Jensen (trumpet), featured in the track Voou, dedicated in Dani’s lyrics to Jensen herself, which describe a determined female bird that flies and blows in perfect timing; and Joe Locke (vibraphone), featured in the sharp and clever samba Cadê a Rita?, dedicated to Dani’s equally sharp and clever 2-year-old.