“'If You Could See Me Now,' an all-standards package, provides an ideal showcase for Duran’s vocal assuredness... smoky seductiveness underscores her superb phrasing.”
—Christopher Loudon, JAZZ TIMES

"Becca Duran definitely has got the goods. Her voice is pliant and lovely.”
—Myrna Daniels, L. A. JAZZ SCENE

"Duran sings with confidence and a deep emotional timbre.”
—Roberta Penn, SEATTLE POST-INTELLEGENCER

"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 they are!”
—Jim Wilke, Jazz After Hours, 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. Duran.”
—Doug Ramsey, JAZZ TIMES

“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 MAGAZINE

“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 ANGELES TIMES

"I love Becca's voice She offers a round, silky, unfettered sound...”
—Taina Honkalehto, EARSHOT JAZZ

“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 STEPS

“... it is a pleasure from beginning to end. Duran sings with laid-back grace and perfect pitch. Her vocal on 'I Haven’t 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.' 'I’m 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.”
—Dave Nathan, 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 NOW

“Duran’s 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 Duran’s restless reading of 'I Haven’t Got Anything Better to Do,' replete with a breathy suggestion of tear-stained silk sheets.”
—Christopher Loudon, JAZZ TIMES

 

 

 
 
     


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