Picks and Pans Review: Wanting
Gabriela Anders (Warner Bros.)
Here’s a heartening scenario for unsigned would-be recording artists: A talented but unknown singer sends a self-produced demo tape to the offices of a major music conglomerate. As luck would have it, an enterprising executive plucks the demo from the heap of unsolicited and largely unheard tapes submitted by other anonymous hopefuls, and voilà! Gabriela Anders is wanting no longer. The daughter of an Argentine jazz saxophonist, Anders began performing in Buenos Aires at 14. Now 26 and a transplant to New York City, she infuses her music with jazzy, gentle Latin rhythms and moments of elegant vocal phrasing. This easy-listening collection of her own tunes about the desiring, getting, losing and regaining of love—and an appealing cover of the 1964 bossa nova hit “The Girl from Ipanema”—marks an especially promising U.S. recording debut.—S.D.
Bottom Line: Sexy, silky sounds from way south of the border