Rosa Passos: Romance (2008)
Backed by a quartet of Celso de Almeida (drums), Vinicius Dorin (sax), Helio Alves (piano) and Paulo Paulelli (electric and acoustic bass), Passos took the stage at Jazz At Lincoln Center's Allen Room in late May, kicking off an inspired set with the perfect introduction, "Ginga Morena," an up-tempo samba. After introducing the band, she continued with a song from Romance, Brazilian songwriter Djavan's "Alibi," singing in the trademark near-whisper voice drawn directly from the Gilberto bossa nova rule book.
Most of the musicians left the stage as Passos picked up her acoustic guitar for "So Danco Samba," featuring Paulelli on acoustic bass and mouth percussion, an intimate moment that gave Passos the opportunity to scat through the melody. The traditional bossa material continued with "Pra Que Discutir Com Madame," a humorous tune whose lyrics narrate the story of a high society lady who believes samba is a wild beat that promotes alcoholism and disorder. The band returned for two Passos originals: "Verao," a groovy jazz-inflected samba that celebrates the coming of summer, and "Pequena Musica Norturna," a more traditional samba.
Passos is at the top of her form as a performer and her band carefully crafted each song to fit her delivery. Paulelliwho also wrote the arrangements for most of the tunes on Romancewas having an inspired night, almost stealing the show during moments. It was a memorable performance that was only marred by the fact that Passos did not return for an encore.
Track Listing: Doce Prescenca; New Eu; Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar; Alibi; Preciso Aprender A Ser So; Atras Da Porta; Tatuagem; Por Causa De Voce; Altos E Baixos; Cade Voce; Neste Mesmo Lugar; Nossos Momentos.
Personnel: Rosa Passos: vocals; Fabio Torres: piano; Paulo Paulelli: acoustic bass; Celso de Almeida: drums; Daniel D
Record Label: Telarc Records