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Album Review

Motions of Love, Maysa’s fourth Shanachie album and first since 2008’s Metamorphosis, leans more heavily toward adult contemporary R&B than smooth jazz. There are fewer flutes and silky guitars, while tasteful dancefloor grooves that recall mature, early-‘80s R&B and crossover jazz are more common. It’s a freer sound for the singer, who sounds reinvigorated — evidently attributable to a breakup she was experiencing while recording — and more like the offspring of Patti Austin than before. Stevie Wonder wrote and guests on harmonica and discreet background vocals on "Have Sweet Dreams,” unsurprisingly one of the album’s standouts.


Born: 16 August 1966 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Maysa was, together with Dolores Duran, the most popular singer/songwriter in the period immediately before bossa nova. A composer since her teens (at 12 she wrote the samba-canção "Adeus," a hit from her first album), Maysa kept throughout her career her appreciation for the sentimental style known as fossa. Nevertheless, Maysa pioneered in the international style of bossa nova in shows at the Olympia (Paris, France), Blue Angel (U.S.), and the Cassino Estoril (Portugal), having had success with...
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Motions of Love, Maysa
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music
  • Released: 08 November 2011

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