Sail Away with Me
On an equal, albeit sonically different, plane is Kerry Linder's Sail Away with Me. As a female vocalist offering distinctive, accessible performances of both familiar and new songs, Linder could quite easily eke out a spot next to Norah Jones and Katie Melua. Singing in Portuguese and English, the Curaçao native's vocal style can be as haunting as Astrud Gilberto, as gay and sunny as Ella. Paulo André Tavares, who performed and arranged songs on Figueira's album, has the same dual role here. His arrangements on Sail Away with Me have much in common with those on Brazilliance, but Linder has the diva-like presence that gives them an extra dose of appeal. She wraps Tavares' music around herself like a mink coat or a stunning summer dress.