Album Remarks & Appraisals:
From Muiza Adnet: ''I had the distinct pleasure of meeting both Moacir Santos and his music more than five years ago during the time my brother, Mario Adnet, was co-producing the Ouro Negro/Moacir Santos project. As a guest vocalist on the project, my friendship and respect for his work blossomed.'' This recording features appearances by Milton Nascimento, Ivan Lins, Mario Adnet, Ricardo Silveira and others.
JazzTimes (p.110) - "The album opens on gentle waves of flute, courtesy of Andrea Ernest Dias....There are darker strains, too, such as 'Off and On,' Santos' clever take on gambling with love..."
Global Rhythm (Publication) (p.53) - "Backed by a fine jazz ensemble on these 12 Santos classics, Adnet's delicate, ethereal alto also gets a lift from guest singers....[An] exquisite recording..."
Personnel: Muiza Adnet (vocals); Mario Adnet (vocals, guitar); Moacir Santos (vocals); Antonia Adnet (guitar); Gabriel Improta, Marcos Amorim, Ricardo Silveira (electric guitar); Hugo Vargas Pilger (cello); Andréa Earnest Dias (flute, alto flute); Dirceu Leitte (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone); Eduardo Neves (flute, tenor saxophone); Gabriel Grossi (harmonica); Marcos Nimrichter (accordion, piano); Zé Nogueira (soprano saxophone); Gabriel Geszti (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Rafael Barata (drums); Armando Marçal (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Ronaldo Lima.
Recording information: Casa Do Mato Studio, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Mega Studios, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Author: Moacir Santos.
Photographers: Guto Costa; Nelson Faria.
Arranger: Mario Adnet.
Moacir Santos, who passed away in 2006, was a very significant Brazilian composer and music teacher. Many of the top bossa nova practitioners were originally his students. He also worked as a saxophonist, arranger and conductor. This delightful set, one of Santos' final projects, has a dozen of his songs sung by the lovely Muiza Adnet, whose warm, flexible and versatile voice perfectly fit Santos' music. The instrumentation changes from song to song and Adnet shares the vocals with guests Ivan Lins, Milton Nascimento, her brother guitarist Mario Adnet and, on four occasions, Moacir Santos himself. From bossa novas and light pop to Brazilian jazz and ballads, Muiza Adnet Sings Moacir Santos is a well-planned and thoroughly enjoyable outing, a perfect tribute to the great Moacir Santos. ~ Scott Yanow