Air Date: 8/8/2021 

"Good grief, whatever happened to Basia, where is she?"

The above quote is from the comments section of a Basia Youtube video. It is exactly what I was thinking for a long time after her 1994 release The Sweetest Illusion. Her next studio album was with a band called Matt Bianco in 2004. And finally, at long last,  she released a CD under her name in 2009 called It's That Girl Again. I have the sense that she knew folks were wondering why she was missing for so long.

If you have never heard of Basia, likely it is because you are too young. She was a big deal back in the 80s and 90s, with many hits to her name. Her first two albums both went platinum (over a million sold). 

The album covers above are arranged chronologically, as it will be on the Sunday Jazz Brunch when we take a tour of her discography during Groove Hour from 11-12 ET.

Often I find that, when listening to a Basia song, it suddenly will take a turn someplace that I didn't expect -- as in a key change or unusual harmony. Maybe this is what differentiates her music as something more than pop music, although it is hard to argue that it isn't pop since selling millions of records would undoubtedly qualify an artist as 'popular.'

But who cares about labels? The music is good. You can dance to it. You can groove to it. And I have to say I really love the Latin influence.  For example, her track I Must from It's That Girl Again is a very danceable cha-cha, disguised as a jazz/pop song. And there's Ronnie's Samba from her Matt Bianco release. There are other, less obvious, examples.

You can hear a couple of tracks from the Matt Bianco CD during Brazil/World hour.

Join me on Sunday for this groovin' tour of the music of Basia.

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HOUR ONE: Contemplative Morning

Rahsaan Barber\Mosaic 2021\La Mordida
Wayne Alpern\Frankenstein 2021\All I Ask of You
Kendall Carter-Introducing Kendall Carter 2021-07 Beatrice
Billy Test-Coming Down Roses 2021-05 Empty Spaces
Tanya Dennis-White Sails Blue Skies 2021-06 The World Can Do Without Us Today
Reggie Quinerly-New York Nowhere 2021-02 Dreaming in Place
Fahir Atakoğlu-For Love 2020-13 Love's Cresendo feat Aimée Allen
Adam Glaser Trio-Wide Awake-06 Before the Dawn-2020
Paul Silbergleit\Hidden Standard 2021\Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Rebecca Kilgore\Trio Volume  2021\That Sunday, That Summer

HOUR TWO: New For You

Alex Martin\Folk Songs, Jazz Journeys 2021\Wayfaring Stranger
Wayne Alpern\Frankenstein 2021\All I Ask of You
Kristin Callahan - Lost In A Dream 2021 - 5 Lost In A Dream
Tanya Dennis-White Sails Blue Skies 2021-08 Desolation Sound
Steven Feifke Big Band\Kinetic 2021\Midnight Beat
Rebecca DuMaine\Someday, Someday 2021\On a Clear Day
Uptown Jazz Tentet-What's Next-02 What's Next-2020
Russell Ferrante Trio-Inflexion-03 Inflexion D-2021
Veronica Swift-This Bitter Earth-09 As Long As He Needs Me-2021
George Kahn Quartet-DreamCatcher-10 EVA-2020
Rahsaan Barber-Mosaic 2021-06 NaDJe And The Snow

HOUR THREE: Brazil/World

Antonio Adolfo\Jobim Forever 2021\06 Inutil Paisagem
Georgia Mancio\Trapeze 2007\01 O Morro Nao Tem Vez
Frank Colon-Latin Lounge-01 Emerald Coast-2020
Kristen Callahan\Lost In a Dream 2021\Once I Loved
The Brazilian Trio-Aguas Brasileiras-08 Aguas Brasileiras-2020
Matt Bianco-Matt's Mood-01 Ordinary Day-2004 FEATURING BASIA
Matt Bianco-Matt's Mood-07 Ronnie's Samba-2004 FEATURING BASIA
Stacey Kent-I Know I Dream-02 Photograph 2017
Antonio Adolfo\Jobim Forever 2021\02 Wave
Zoe Scott\Shades of Love  2021\Wave
Ricardo Silveira - Solo 2021 - 05 - Luiza
Paulinio Garcia-My Very Life- Chicago Sessions, Series 1, Vol. 4-10 My Very Life


Basia\Time and Tide 1987\Promises
Euge Groove\Sing My Song 2020\The Journey Ahead
Basia\Time and Tide 1987\Miles Away
Najee\The Morning After\03 San Tropez (2013)
Basia\Brave New Hope 1990\Masquerade
Basia\The Sweetest Illusion 1994\Third Time Lucky
Basia\The Sweetest Illusion 1994\Yearning
Basia\The Sweetest Illusion 1994\Simple Pleasures
Brian Simpson\All That Matters 2021\A Soft Touch
Basia-It's That Girl Again-08 Two Islands 2009
Basia\From Newport to London; Greatest Hits Live... and More 2011\Copernicus
Basia-Butterflies-Butterfly 2018


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