Susan Pereira and Sabor Brasil: Tudo Azul (2007)
Tudo Azul (All Blue) refers to the Brazilian saying that "everything's cool, and it's a perfect title for a CD full of sunshine and irresistible grooves. Half the tunes are Pereira's, bringing the spirit of rain forests and samba parades to the city. Along with the rocking "West End P.A. and "Ascensao," and the jubilant title track, she also wrote a classic call-and-response chant ("Maracakim ) for a loved colleague, Kimson Plaut, who drowned. It's a moving ceremony, since everyone singing on the track was a friend of his, and the deep drumming on the traditional maracatu rhythm is hypnotic.
Among the remaining five tracks are a relatively rare Jobim ("O Morro ), a popular Milton Nascimento tune ("Nada Sera Como Antes ) and a sweet take on "Our Day Will Come that features a beautiful Lubambo solo. The session ends with a sensuous version of Ary Barroso's famous "Na Baixa do Sapateiro and a strong need to hit "repeat on the CD player. It's a wonderful release, beautifully played and produced, and an absolute must-have for fans of Brazilian jazz.
Track Listing: West End P.A.; O Morro Nao Tem Vez; Feitio de Oracao; Baiao de Chuva; Nada Sera Como Antes; Tudo Azul; Maracakim; Our Day Will Come; Ascensao; Na Baixa do Sapateiro.
Personnel: Susan Pereira: vocals, piano, percussion; Louis Bonilla: trombone; Dario Eskenazi: piano; Laura Dreyer: alto and soprano sax, flute, alto flute; Mark Lambert: electric guitar; Kip Reed: bass; Leo Traversa, Itaiguara: bass; Scott Kettner: percussion; Joe Cardello: percussion; Philip Galinsky: percussion; Vanderlei Pereira: drums, percussion; Marco Figueira: background vocals; Mark Lambert: background vocals; Kerry Linder: background vocals; Analu Pereira: background vocals; Susana Ribeiro: background vocals; Rob Blumenthal: background vocals; Napua Davoy: background vocals; Jenny Hill: background vocals; Todd Isler: background vocals; Itaiguara, Marianni: background vocals; Vanderlei Pereira: background vocals; John Romagnoli: background vocals; Devorah Segall: background vocals; Luiz Simas: background vocals. Guests: Romero Lubambo: acoustic guitar; Claudio Roditi: trumpet; Hendrik Meurkens: harmonica.
Record Label: Riony Records