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Many people think Maucha Adnet is the most soulful Brazilian vocalist performing today; certainly her voice is warm, textured, and sexy, and her delivery is passionate, classy, and informed by a keen musical intelligence. (Fellow singers will also appreciate her great diction and pitch, awesome breath control, and masterful way with a triangle). The great Antonio Carlos Jobim
first worked together in 1993, and his elegant, responsive playing is her perfect complement. In fact, part of the "Milagre" (Miracle) of the album's title may be that these two in-demand artists found time to record together at all. Adnet's last recording as leader was The Jobim Songbook (Kind of Blue Records, 2006).
Jobim is represented here with the beautiful "Caminhos Cruzados," the cinematic and rarely recorded "Gabriela," the poignant "Retrato em Branco e Preto," and the popular "Waters of March," with its "psychedelic" English lyrics (I wish I could take credit for that perfect description of Jobim's word salad, but it came from impresario and liner-writer Todd Barkan).
The set provides a rich sampling of other celebrated Brazilian composers, including Caetano Veloso
tune with lyrics by the legendary team of Jay Livingston and Ray Evans ("Mona Lisa," "Never Let Me Go"). To top it off, Milagre is recorded with such intimate clarity that it seems the performance is happening live, and right in front of the listener. Wonderful!
Track Listing: O Cantador; Eu Vim Da Bahia; Waters Of March; Gabriela; Retracto Em Branco E Preto; Coração Vagabundo; Caminhos Cruzados; Vale Do Ribeira; Desafinada; Amor Infinito/Bons Amigos; Milagre; Tico-Tico No Fubá; Canto Triste; April Child.
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