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by C. Michael Bailey
EstateSei calda come i baci che ho perdutoSei piena di un amore che è passatoChe il cuore mio vorrebbe cancellare. Brazilian pianist/singer Tania Maria is the product of warm and humid climes. Born in Sao Luis in the northwestern part of the country, she emerged into the musical intersection where the bossa of Brazil rubs up against the salsa of the Caribbean. All influences are in evidence on Maria's opening performance ...read more
by Jim Santella
Now in her late 50s, Tania Maria Correa Reis continues to bring all the energy and zip to her performances that she did when she recorded her first album in 1971. 26 albums later, she's still Brazil's queen of the funky jazz samba. Her welcome combination of lively rhythms and sultry ballads brings the versatile program on Intimidade into our hearts from several perspectives. We get uplifting melodies, warm harmony, lively rhythms and a personal look at the artist, still ...read more
by AAJ Staff
If Tania Maria Live At The Blue Note is the first Tania Maria album you hear I quarantee that less than eight bars into it you'll be wondering what took you so long. You will also discover that Tania Maria is a unique, wonderfully alive, mega talent who cannot really be put in any single jazz pidgeon hole. This native of Brazil treats her listeners to Brazilian Samba and bossa nova, but it doesn't end there. Tania Maria blends funk, ...read more
by Jim Santella
Singing in Portuguese & English, and hop-scotching her way around wordless vocals, Tania Maria takes a ton of built-in, high-voltage energy with her everywhere she goes. From Northern Brazil, she's lived in Europe and the U.S., while gaining popularity for her unique style. Samba and romantic dance blend naturally with her perky piano and syncopated vocal offerings. She's performed all over the world for some 30 years now. This recent performance of Tania Maria and the Viva Brazil Quartet comes ...read more
by AAJ Staff
Want to know how to say wow" in Portuguese? Try Tania Maria. That says it all.
On her new CD titled Viva Brazil", Tania Maria returns--musically at least--to her native Brazil. She combines her original compositions with some of the best known Brazilian classics. Her interpretation of Sebastiana" is second to none. And there is her stunning arrangement of One Note Samba". She slows the normally jumpy tempo to a sultry ballad and the result is magic.
Then there are ...read more