Album Remarks & Appraisals:
The Jazz Times
Andrade, whom many consider Brazil's greatest vocalist, sings in a directly opposite style - deep, robust and matronly - on "A Felicidade" and "Se Todos Fossem Iguais a VocO." Impressively, it seems entirely natural that she would appear alongside Parlato in the same program. Throw in a few percussive interludes, and we've got ourselves a beautiful reintroduction to some of the finest samba ever composed.
Audio Mixer: Dave Darlington.
Liner Note Author: Nilson Matta.
Recording information: East Side Sound Studios, New York City, NY (03/21/2012); Zaga Music Studio, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (03/21/2012); East Side Sound Studios, New York City, NY (2012-04-05_2012-04-06&2012-); Zaga Music Studio, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (2012-04-05_2012-04-06&2012-).
Editor: Klaus Mueller.
Photographer: Marcelo Maia.
Jazz bassist and composer Nilson Matta's 2012 take on the classic soundtrack to the 1959 film Black Orpheus stays pretty closely to the original. Original songs and incidental music by both Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfá made for one of the most revered Brazilian soundtracks of the day, and Matta's only slightly jazz-leaning renditions of tracks like "Samba de Orfeu" and "A Felicidade" meld the classic bossa nova rhythms with a somewhat modernized jazz fusion spirit. ~ Fred Thomas
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