by C. Andrew Hovan
Joyce Moreno Nighttown Cleveland Heights, Ohio June 23, 2015 Many folks entranced by the magic of jazz also find their tastes gravitating towards artists form the Latin and Brazilian musical worlds as well. These musical styles actually share more in common with jazz than what might seem possible at first glance. The legacy and language of the music is something passed down over the years and placed at a high value by musicians and fans ...read more
by Dr. Judith Schlesinger
The late, great Elis Regina was the first major artist to record Joyce's songs, and there are some similarities in their approach: both are honest, passionate, fluid and pitch-perfect, with a minimum of vocal pyrotechnics and often the distinct sound of a smile. While delivering the sultry and sunny sambas the world has come to expect from Brazilian vocalists, Joyce also gets adventurous, transcending stylistic and cultural borders.
In line with the title of Just a Little ...read more
by William Grim
Joyce, the Brazilian songstress and songwriter best known as the originator of the samba subgenre called hard bossa," presents an impressive new album containing ten of her original tunes written in the style of the music of the traditional dance halls ( gafieira ) of Rio de Janeiro. This is an album that will appeal to straight-ahead jazz fans as well as Brazilian music aficionados because Joyce combines the melodic wit and subtle harmonic sophistication of Brazilian bossa nova with ...read more
by AAJ Staff
A wonderfully hang-tough swinger of an album recorded at a German club. The interplay between Joyce and her band (Tutty Moreno, drums; Sizão Machado, electric bass and Teco Cardoso, saxophones/flutes) is super-tight, making for a completely captivating seventy-minute set of jazz Brazilian-style. Even though Joyce gets top billing, the album belongs to the whole group, and there are plenty of stratospheric solos by all parties. At the top of my list: Suite Baracumbara/Banana," Caymmis, Berimbau" and Taxi Driver," with its ...read more
by David Corrigan
Joyce began her recording career in Brazil in 1968, since then she has carved out a niche as one of the most admired and talented singer songwriters of her generation. She was, in those days, a rare thing, a woman who wrote and played her own songs--songs which contained a strong feminist slant and which made her somewhat of a controversial figure, and frowned upon by a male dominated music industry which reflected the Brasilian Zeitgeist.
Thankfully times ...read more