Nina Miranda & Chris Franck Present Zeep


2007 release. Far Out Recordings present the debut album from Zeep, the new band from Nina Miranda and Chris Franck. Nina and Chris were involved in two of the biggest selling and critically acclaimed Brazilian-influenced acts of the past decade - Smoke City and Da Lata. Imagine Led Zeppelin, The Meters, Joni Mitchell and The Beatles jamming in Brazil with Tropicalistas such as Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil and Os Mutantes - where rock 'n' roll, funk and classic pop get spiced up with a little samba magic - and you're on the Zeep trail. From cosmopolitan London to inspirational Brazil, Zeep bring you an album inspired by the attitude of the '70s, when music was live, urgent, right-on, scruffy, funky and folksy. The songs were mostly dreamt up in their home in North London from jam sessions over the last few years and Chris feels that being partners in life, as well as music, has influenced the vibe: "On this album, Nina and I have just been true to ourselves, we are a family and this has influenced how we make music. The band is made up of our close friends, people we've known for years who are like family to us, and I think this is why the sound and the vibe is so good." Alongside Nina on vocals and Chris on guitars are some of Brazil's finest musicians: Mauro Berman (Marcelo D2, Democustico), Marcelo Jeneci Da Silva (Vanessa Da Mata, Chico Cesar) and Marcalzinho (Joao Bosco, Pat Metheney). UK based Italian drummer Davide Giovannini (Marcos Valle, Steve Winwood) came along on the trip with them and back in Blighty they recorded the second half of the album with Mike Lindup (Level 42, Da Lata) on keys, Tristan Banks on drums (Terry Callier, Dave Valentin) plus Diabel Cissokho with guest vocals and Momadou Sarr on djembe. The album also features the voice of UK jazz and TV legend Kenny Lynch and the sax of the superb Jason Yarde (Hugh Masekela, Roy Ayers, Hermeto Pascoal). Whilst Zeep was mainly dreamt up in London, the beat of Brazil gives the music it's swing, as electric guitars, funky drumming and samba percussion all combine with shouts, whispers and random bursts of 'collective conscience' to produce one of the freshest albums in a long time.