"Kristine Mills is a sweet, passionate and with great spirit that leads her to be also an excellent composer, for his divine singing artist; She has a super Latin music heart and reaches all with great motivation" - Luis Raul Montell, Jazz Caribe
Words of Kristine Mills
BOSSAtoo was an extraordinary journey. In 2013, after releasing my album asYETuntited
I took a break from writing music. It was time to be an interpreter of song. I worked with a
variety of wonderful musicians, created a show of Sting’s music, revisited the Great American
Songbook, and delved into the complexity of Brazilian music. Following a Metropolitan
Room performance in October 2014, Itaiguara said he really liked my song “It’s Over” from
asYETuntitled. I actually wrote “It’s Over” in Brazil as a bossa, but recorded it as bluesy-rock
ballad for that album. Itaiguara suggested that he and Klaus revisit that song and record it.
All of a sudden I was inspired to write again. At the time I was reading Under the Volcano,
a tragic tale that dealt with relationships and loss. The lyrics flowed from the feelings from
those pages, and then I expressed them through music in the Brazilian context. Surprisingly
I managed to write several new tunes in a very short time, and was ready to record in two
months. BOSSAtoo was born.
Klaus, Itaiguara, Portihno and I met in February 2015 at the Samuari Hotel Studio in Astoria
to record my new songs, plus a heartbreaking rendition of Jobim’s “Meditation” that Klaus and I arranged. I said, What if the lover in“Meditation” wasn’t just going away, but passed away and the surviving lover was singing this song at their funeral? The song went in an entirely different direction. We returned to the studio in May and I was ready with more new songs for that session. From my love of Sting’s music, we chose “It’s Probably Me,” but as a Baião. At the last minute we added two more songs to the album and recorded them at Dave Darlington’s studio in June. We added the Jobim tune, “Inutil Paisagem,” to feature Itaiguara’s guitar virtuosity and revisited my tune “Burden of Choice” from my first bossa album, Bossanovafied.
Klaus and Itaguara were essential to BOSSAtoo. They are among the finest musicians I have had the pleasure of working with and were amazing at showing me how to approach the different Brazilian genres. Klaus introduced me to two other respected Brazilian musicians, drummer Portinho and percussionist, Rafael Barata. Klaus led me to Dave Stoller of Samurai Hotel Studio where we seamlessly recorded the music. Both Klaus and Itaiguara used Grammy-winning engineer, Dave Darlington, of Bass Hit Studio to mix their solo albums. They introduced me to this wonderful man who brought it all together in the mixing and mastering of my album. As Dave says, “We’re now family.”
Writing this album was pure joy. Why BOSSAtoo? It’s not #2 as in the second bossa album to follow Bossanovafied, but Bossa (also) to include the range of styles within Brazilian music. I loved the challenge of exploring the range within the Brazilian context. I worked to write variations on Samba (3/4 and classic 4/4), Afoxê, Partido Alto, Baião and Bossa Nova. These song really stretched my writing and my guitar playing. I hope you enjoy listening to BOSSAtoo as much as we enjoyed creating it!
2. Journey Back Home 04:05
3. Breathe Your Kiss 03:25
4. It’s Over 03:00
5. Meditation 02:32
6. Silhouette 03:42
7. Last First Glance 02:39
8. It’s Probably Me 05:07
9. Inutil Paisagem 03:34
10. Waiting For Maybe 03:11
11. Burden Of Choice 05:25
Kristine Mills - vocalist/guitarist/songwriter/percussion
Klaus Mueller - pianist/keyboards/arranger/production
Itaiguara Brandão – acoustic guitar/5-string electric bass
Porthino - drums
Rafael Barata - percussion (1, 8, 11)
The big party will be on November 11, 2015 at Zinc Bar in New York City at 7:00 pm
Winner of the Houston Press Music Awards, Best Female Vocalist and Best Songwriter, Kristine Mills was also a Houston Press Rocks off 100 - Houston’s Most Distinguished Artist. She was a recipient of the Houston Arts Alliance for Established Individual Artists Grant. Mills won a Gold REMI Award for her soundtrack written for the documentary film Collector’s Waltz. In addition to her recording career, Mills played sold-out shows in theaters and performing arts centers as guest vocalist with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and headliner for the Brazilian International Jazz Festival Tours in Brazil. She regularly performs in New York at the Metropolitan Room and Zinc Bar, along with other venues throughout the US.
BOSSAtoo is Mills’ 6th album. Her other recordings include: asYETuntitled :: Spring 2013. Short-listed 56th Grammy nomination consideration in “Best Pop with Vocals Album.” Collector’s Waltz Soundtrack :: Fall 2012, nine original songs composed, produced and recorded by Mills for Gold REMI Award-winning documentary, Collector’s Waltz. “Patch of Green” (single) :: June 2012, Concerts for New York City Greens Songwriting Contest semi-finalist. bossanovafied :: Third album debuted at #46 on Jazz Week World Music Album Chart, February 2010. Short-listed 54th Grammy nomination consideration “Best Jazz with Vocals Album.”
Now comes the big party while Kristine, let's enjoy this video in which he plays "How Insensitive" (Insensatez) original Tom Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes and Norman Gimbel (english lyrics):
¡¡Viva The Latin Jazz!