Even before Christine Spero began recording with her dynamic quartet, she was earning numerous accolades for her melodic, emotionally powerful and soulful songwriting and was Winner of the USA Songwriting Competition/Jazz category. She was also a finalist with "Caribbean Nights," a festive tropical celebration that typifies the joyful exotica that drives her second recording, "My Spanish Dream", a rich Brazilian/Latin/world fusion offering that dances blithely between pop and jazz.
The project was produced by Elliot Spero, who does multiple duties on soprano and tenor saxes as well as percussion. Christine's piece, "Therapy" has been published by Wild Whirled Music for use in film and television. The group has opened for such notables as: The Woody Herman Orchestra, Kim Waters, Walter Beasley, Mike Phillips, Ray Vega, Bobby Mattos, Blood, Sweat and Tears. Christine has been written about in USA Today, Billboard, Jazz Times, JAZZIZ, Keyboard and Recording Magazines and ASCAP Playback. "My Spanish Dream" is being played in 20 countries and is one of six featured jazz albums in Japan at www.garagebandjapan.com"..exciting Latin jazz grooves producing an intoxicating and vibrant sound." (ejazznews)" ..transports you to a loftier place." (Chronogram.) "Yet as compelling and poetic as her writing is, her joyful live vocal performances and rich piano chordings and improvisations really bring the music to memorable life." (allmusicguide)"Their musicianship was outstanding and their diverse musical styles really had the crowd excited." (Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz)"...top notch..." (Woodstock Times)
Christine and her group performed live on NPR WAMC 90.3 FM, Albany on Performance Place "Music of Our Time" to promote their new CD, "My Spanish Dream". Diverse and daring, it highlights Spero’s love for lush vocal harmonies, something she’s been enthralled with her entire career. The group was a semi-finalist in the Discmakers Northeast 2006 Independent Music World Series and has performed on Time Warner Cable's "Poughkeepsie LIVE!" Rave Radio Reviews are starting to come in from around the World!:
"Dynamic vocals. Christine's writing abilities are very evident throughout this musical project. What a musical festival!"
Leon Reyes KVMR 89.5 FM Nevada City/Sacramento Ca Host: Leon's Jazz In A BoxASID- Hi-Power Radio-Michigan
"Fusion Adult Perfection..can't wait to hear the next album. one of our new favorites for adult/ jazz programming slots." RE Ausetkmt "Fantastic Album. Great stuff for our Radio Station."
Alex Pijnen/BRTO Radio-The Netherlands "We really love this stunning cooking sophisticated Jazz. Christine's style is powerful, evocative and very subtle. The choice of material backed up with a cooking band is marvelous and gels together into a big sound tinged with a wonderful Latin Groove that has you wanting more and our audiences most certainly will love your sound. This is a CD made to be heard, in fact, demands to be heard for it's infectious groove has one wanting to dance and party. It certainly struck us as one extraordinary CD and one that will be very well received by our astute audience."
Peter Merrett- Station Manager/PBS"A wonderful recording!" Dick Hughes- Jazz Action Productions/Sydney, Australia"The charactor of the music style presented gives this CD a unique feel, with an individual personality presented inside it's contents. Great work!"
Graham J Barclay/Soundwave FM-New ZealandSkopje, Macedonia- Excellent material! I am interested to present more in the future.
Vasja Ivanovski Jazz Spaces" A truly wonderful CD that I'm looking forward to reviewing!" Serge Kozlovsky-Minsk/Belarus"Fresh and relaxing singing with a latin touch".
Radio ARA, Luxembourg " What a great sound you have!"Michael Criddle/ Oz Radio
"Spero Plays Nyro" @ The Cutting Room NYC
CDs by THE CHRISTINE SPERO GROUP
|Spero Plays Nyro 2015|
Covers, Jazz, and Pop/Soft Rock
A heartfelt tribute to the music of Laura Nyro, one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century Christine Spero /Piano/Vocal,Elliot Spero/Saxes/percussion ,Scott Petito/bass, Peter O'Brien drums
|My Spanish Dream 2007|
Jazz, Latin, and Contemporary
Lush vocal harmonies and daring arrangements of the latest Brazilian/Latin inspired pop/jazz by pianist/singer Christine Spero and her group.
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