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 returnsmusically at leastto 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 Tania Maria's original composition, my favorite being "Sangria". Like the drink, this is a wonderful blend of flavors; jazz, funk and pop.
Tania Maria adds her own creation to the rick tapestry of Brazilian music. Her blend of African rhythms and Latin melodies result in a sound that is at once soulful and rich. The ultimate ingredient in the mix is Tania Maria's sensuous voice.
From the first drum beat of the opening selection "Florzinha/Petite Fleur" and ending with the last mellow notes of "Conceicao" Tania Maria holds her listeners under her spell.
If you are already one of her many fans then this CD is the perfect addition to your collection. If you are new to the sounds of Tania Maria then this CD is the perfect introduction. Either way, don't miss it.
Track Listing: 1. Florzinha/Petite Fleur 2. Ta Tudo Certo & Mas Que Nada 3. Sebastiana 4. Encanto Meu 5. Vem Pr'a Roda 6. It's Only Love 7. One Note Samba 8. Nao Se Avexe Nao 9. Amei Demais 10. Sangria 11. Conceicao
Personnel: Tania Maria, Piano, synthesizer and vocals. Marc Bertauz, bass. Carlos Werneck, bass. Stephane Huchard drums. Luiz Augusto Cavani, drums & percussion. Cacao saxophone, flute and clarinet. Mestre Carneiro percussions. Coro Blvd Voltaire background vocals.
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.