Alison Crockett celebrates the release of ‘Obrigada,’ an EP exploring Brazilian influences

The vocalist Alison Crockett is a one-woman powerhouse. You can hear the force of her entire body in the notes she sings, filling your ear with joy and uplift. Crockett has played in a range of groups and styles over her two-decade career: straight-ahead jazz, neo-soul, house music, acid jazz. Now she’s shape-shifting again.

On Friday she released Obrigada — Portuguese for “thank you” — a collection of six songs inspired equally by meditative soul-jazz and quiet, lyrical Brazilian ballads. Recorded in São Paulo, Brazil, with a crew of local musicians, the EP finds Crockett blending the two traditions in subtle ways; on the lead single, “O Cantador,” bossa nova becomes the basis for a soothing, R&B-tinged lullaby.

Crockett is heralding Obrigada‘s release live at Blues Alley tonight, Monday, with a band of D.C.-based stalwarts. The swinging pianist Vince Evans leads a rhythm section that also features veteran Brazilian musicians Alejandro and Leonardo Lucini (of the band Origem).

Below, watch the video for another song from the EP, the cool, dream-like “Every Song.” logo

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Jackson Sinnenberg is an Associate Producer for SiriusXM and a freelance writer. His work has appeared in the JazzTimes. NPR Music, NPR.org, the Washington City Paper and On Tap Magazine and the blog of Smithsonian Folkways Records. He previously covered the city’s music scene for WGTB, Georgetown University’s radio station, where he was a show host, writer, and columnist. He graduated from Georgetown with a bachelor’s degree in American Musical Culture. Read him at sinnenbergmusic.com. Follow him at @sinnenbergmusic.

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