'If You Could See Me Now,' an all-standards package, provides an
ideal showcase for Durans vocal assuredness... smoky seductiveness
underscores her superb phrasing.
"Becca Duran definitely has got the goods. Her voice is pliant and
Myrna Daniels, L. A. JAZZ SCENE
"Duran sings with confidence and a deep emotional timbre.
Roberta Penn, SEATTLE
"Here is a fresh new talent you're going to love! Hers is an articulate
voice that communicates lyrics as if they're her own, and in many cases
Jim Wilke, Jazz
PUBLIC RADIO INTERNATIONAL
"Duran's vocals have a gorgeous warmth that curls seductively around
standards and many of her own finely crafted and arranged tunes. "
Chris Lunn, VICTORY MUSIC REVIEW
"Superior songs, like Ellington's 'All Too Soon ', Monk's 'Ask Me
Now' and Hart's 'It Never Entered My Mind' are perfect vehicles for Ms.
Doug Ramsey, JAZZ
The music on 'Song for Rita' is a delightful traipsing through the
land of Brazil and the samba. Duran has the spotlight often, using her
enticing and earthy voice to convey the sultry Brazilian mood.
Frank Rubolino, CADENCE
On 'Hide and Seek,' Becca Duran displays a nice feel for latinesque
songs and jazz ballads with charming arrangements on standards and originals.
Mark Halston, JAZZIZ
"Becca Duran's musical taste is impeccable and eclectic. She draws
on a wide variety of influences which enables her to reach a diverse audience.
Bob Marvel, LA VOZ
"Becca Duran's vocals are beguiling. "
Leonard Feather, LOS
"I love Becca's voice She offers a round, silky, unfettered sound...
Taina Honkalehto, EARSHOT
A professional with decades of experience singing...Duran is the
model of consistency. Subtlety and understatement are present in the blue
of her blues and the blush of her ballads."
Jason West, JAZZ
... it is a pleasure from beginning to end. Duran sings with laid-back
grace and perfect pitch. Her vocal on 'I Havent Got Anything Better
To Do' is worth the price of admission on its own.
Lars Gandil, VICTORY MUSIC REVIEW
The entire affair is enhanced and enlivened by Thomas attractive
wife, Becca Duran, both as vocalist and composer of two of the most beguiling
tunes on the set, 'Song For Rita' and 'Au Contraire.' 'Im Glad There
is You' is here as a reminder that the artistry of this husband and wife
duo extends beyond Brazilian as Duran puts a shiny, sensuous veneer on
this classic torch song.
ALL MUSIC GUIDE
This appealing CD of Latin inspired music brings to the forefront
the sympathetic vocal stylings of Becca Duran...A most enjoyable recording,
which I commend to all lovers of Latin-tinged jazz.
Al Merritt, JAZZ
Durans ambitious album, 'Song for Rita,' will be a welcome
surprise for fans of genuine Brazilian jazz who have suffered through
too many ersatz efforts. Avoiding such Jobim classics as 'Corcovado' and
'Desafinado,' now over-exposed to the point of cliche, ...less familiar
works, 'Antigua,' 'Brigas Nunca Mais' and the hauntingly beautiful 'So
Tinha de ser Com Voce.' I was most taken with Durans restless reading
of 'I Havent Got Anything Better to Do,' replete with a breathy
suggestion of tear-stained silk sheets.
Christopher Loudon, JAZZ