Love Flows Like A River (2020)

Jacintha

Love Flows Like A River is an album from vocalist Jacintha that is sung entirely in Mandarin.  It is from the Harmony Records label and comes to NativeDSD through our partnership with Groove Note Records. 

The album features beautifully recorded contemporary arrangements of several Mandarin favorites and evergreens as well as a couple of Jazz tunes. This is an album exploring the theme of love, with its ebb & flow, rise & fall, twists & turns & with many changing currents, just like a river.

Our goal is to produce a truly high-quality audiophile recording for the Asian & Mandarin language markets. We feel this album from Jacintha is a great introduction for the Harmony Records label. Jacintha is already very well known in the audiophile market and was very excited to be involved in this project.

The concept for this album evolved over several months in early 2004.  As we spent more time with Jacintha selecting the songs & working on arrangements, it seemed clear that the heart of the album would be a collection of sad & very well known, much-beloved love songs ñ not only the 6 great Chinese (but equally famous) songs: Moon River, Bengawan Solo and River Of No Return.

By the time we were ready to go into the studio in early 2005, it was clear that we had gone beyond the "Jacintha sings famous Chinese songs" concept. This was now an album exploring the theme of love, with its ebb & flow, rise & fall, twists & turns & with many changing currents, just like a river.

The album was recorded over 4 days at Audioplex Recording Studio in Tampines. The recording engineer Michael C. Ross flew in from Los Angeles on Tuesday the 15th of February & we spent most of Wednesday afternoon and evening setting up the studio for the session.  This included tweaking amd aligning the Studer 24 track analog tape recording machine. Vintage tube mikes by well-known names like AKG, Telefunken & Neumann were used during the session. The vocal mike on Jacintha was a legendary U-49 (tube). The entire session was recorded all-analog through a classic Neve Analog Mixing Board.

The multitrack analog masters were flown from Singapore to Los Angeles in March 2005.  All of the mixing for the 8 vocal tracks was done by Michael Ross at LA-FX out in Burbank. The final tracking and mixing session for the instrumental track, I Have An Affair, was done at the world-famous Oceanway Recording Studios in Hollywood in May 2005.  It features Anthony Wilson (of the Diana Krall Quartet) on acoustic guitar.

Our faith in recording engineer Michael C. Ross has been well rewarded. Several of the musicians & studio staff commented that the sound of this session was the best they had ever heard at Audioplex. We believe that you, the listener, will agree 100% once you have listened to this album. He recorded in Singapore on multi-track analog 2 inch tape and mixed in LA at LA-FX onto 1/2 inch analog tape at 30 ips.

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Jacintha

Jacintha is a popular vocalist, actress and journalist known for her performances and writing in both the United States and Singapore. She was born in 1957 to musician parents, the Sri Lankan classical guitarist Alex Abisheganaden, a recipient of the Cultural Medallion, and a Chinese mother who sang and played the piano. She studied piano and voice from her early teens and also sang in the Singapore Youth Choir, where she met her future collaborator Dick Lee.

Growing up, Jacintha listened to a wide variety of music – not only vocal jazz and traditional pop, but also artists who ranged from Stevie Wonder to Joni Mitchell to South African singer Miriam Makeba. Jacintha was a big fan of Brazilian bandleader Sergio Mendes during her upbringing. Jacintha was educated at Marymount Convent School, Raffles Institution and the National University of Singapore, where she graduated with an honors degree in English. She then went to America where she studied creative writing at Harvard University. Jacintha first came to prominence in 1976 when she won a local television talent contest, Talentime, singing jazz. She continued this winning streak in 1981, when she nabbed the Best Female Performer award for her role as Nurse Angamuthu in General Hospital at the Drama Festival.

In 1983, Jacintha released her debut album Silence. The new wave album, containing a cover of the Bee Gees' "Run to Me", was reviewed positively, with The Straits Times calling it "probably the most impressive debut album...from a local singer." In the mid-1990s, actor Lim Kay Tong introduced Jacintha to Ying Tan, who signed her to his Groove Note label. Her first jazz album was released in 1998: Here's To Ben – A Vocal Tribute To Ben Webster. Jacintha's second album for the Groove Note label, Autumn Leaves: The Songs of Johnny Mercer (1999) has seen the title track being used for TV series Alias, while the bonus track "Here's to Life" was used as the title track for the Hollywood movie Play It to the Bone.

In 2004, Jacintha performed her own cabaret jazz show, The Angina Monologues at the Old Parliament House, Singapore. In 2006, she served as a judge on the second season of Singapore Idol. In 2012, she returned to the stage after 13 years, playing herself in Ong Keng Sen's National Broadway Company, a musical commissioned for the Esplanade – Theatre on the Bay's 10th anniversary.

photo: from booklet 'The Girl from Bossa Nova'

Anthony Wilson

Anthony Wilson is a guitarist and composer known for a nuanced body of work that moves fluidly across genres. Wilson has long been curious about blurring borders and finding the place where where style and possibility intersect. 

Born in Los Angeles, Wilson is the son of the late jazz trumpeter and bandleader Gerald Wilson. That lineage has deeply informed his creative trajectory, compositional choices, instrumental groupings and the wide-ranging discography that blooms out of them.  Wilson’s acclaimed collection of organ-trio albums for Groove Note — Our Gang  and Savivity, with Hammond organist Joe Bagg and drummer Mark Ferber, and later Jack of Hearts, featuring Larry Goldings on organ, and alternating drummers Jim Keltner and Jeff Hamilton, reimagine and reframe post-bop, soul-inflected jazz. 

An inventive soloist and sensitive accompanist, Wilson has provided texture and authority both on stage and in recording sessions for jazz legends such as Ron Carter, Mose Allison, Bobby Hutcherson, Madeleine Peyroux, Bennie Wallace, Joe Sample, Al Jarreau, Harold Land, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Since the late 1980s he has been a member of his father’s jazz orchestra, assuming the leadership of the ensemble since the maestro’s passing in 2014.

While his footing is firmly in the jazz idiom, Wilson pivots with ease into other genres. Over the last decade, he’s been part of sessions and performances with a diverse roster of artists, including Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, Aaron Neville, and Barbra Streisand. In 2009, he arranged and orchestrated Brazilian composer Ivan Lins’ “Love Dance” for Ms. Streisand’s grammy-nominated album, Love is the Answer.  

Since 2001, he has been a core component of Diana Krall’s quartet, after joining her for a series of concerts in Paris at the Olympia Theater which became the Grammy-winning recording and concert film Live in Paris (2002).

A gifted composer as well, Wilson, while still in his 20s, won the Thelonious Monk Institute International Composers’ Competition in 1995. Since then he has received commissions from IAJE, the Henry Mancini Institute, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and the luthier John Monteleone — for whom Wilson composed “Seasons,” a song cycle for a quartet of Monteleone’s handcrafted instruments called “The Four Seasons.”  The premiere performance of the piece, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, coincided with the Met’s exhibition “Guitar Heroes” in 2011. That same year Wilson released Campo Belo, a collection of original songs recorded in São Paulo, which partnered him with three of Brazil’s up-and-coming musicians, pianist André Mehmari, drummer Edu Riberio and bassist Guto Wirtti. 

photo: from booklet 'Jack of Hearts'

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Love Flows Like A River (2020)

Jacintha

    Deborah House

At the time of the album's release, Jacintha was already well-known in the audiophile market. 'Love Flows' was recorded over four days at Audioplex Recording Studio in Tampines, Singapore with Los Angeles recording engineer Mike Ross. Vintage tube mikes (AKG, Telefunken and Neumann) were used during the session. The vocal mike on Jacintha was a legendary U-49 tube. The entire session was recorded all-analogue through a classic Neve Analogue Mixing Board. The multi-track masters were flown from Singapore to Los Angeles and all the mixing for the eight vocal tracks was done by Ross at LA-FX in Burbank. The final tracking and mixing session for the instrumental track, I Have An Affair, was done at the world famous Oceanway Recording Studios in Hollywood in May 2005 and features Anthony Wilson (of the Diana Krall Quartet) on acoustic guitar. 'Love Flows Like A River' by Jacintha (on the Harmony Records label) features beautifully recorded contemporary arrangements of several Mandarin favorites as well as a couple of jazz tunes, performed in Mandarin. The album explores the theme of love, with its ebb and flow, rise and fall, and many changing currents, just like a river. According to the record label, the concept for the album evolved, as Jacintha spent several months in 2004 selecting songs and working on the arrangements. It soon became clear that the heart of the album would be a collection of sad and well-known love songs -- not only the six beloved Chinese songs.

Deborah House

    NativeDSD Listener

Everyone of her Grove Note releases on DSD is a to die for audiophile quality recording. Must have!

Bob Alexander

Love Flows Like A River (2020)

Jacintha

Analog Recording Equipment: Studer 24 track analog tape recording machine
Executive Producers: Benedict Chin, Sebastian Koh, Ying Tan
Mastering Engineer: Leo Fung at Wave in Hong Kong.- Original 30ips analog tape transfer to DSD; Tom Caulfield at NativeDSD Mastering Lab - DSD 64 Stereo to DSD 128, DSD 256, DSD 512 transfers
Microphones: Vintage tube mikes by AKG, Telefunken & Neumann. The vocal mike on Jacintha was a legendary Neumann U-49 (tube).
Mixing Board: Neve Analog Mixing Board
Producer: Sebastian Koh and Ying Tan
Recording Engineer: Michael C. Ross, Assistant Engineer: Jeffrey Low (Audioplex)
Recording location: Audioplex, Singapore on February 17 - 20, 2005, LA-FX in Burbank, Oceanway Recording Studios in Hollywood
Recording Type & Bit Rate: Analog

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Night Fragrance
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Moon River
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River Of No Return
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Endless Love
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Tomorrow I'm Going To Marry You
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Three Years
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Lover's Tears
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