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Album Review

A veteran of the Brazilian samba scene, Morelenbaum has an impeccable pedigree in the music. But for this album, she's chosen as a common thread songs by the great Vinicius DeMoraes, whether as sole or co-composer. It makes for a great theme, with so much quality work to choose from. What makes this so fascinating are the arrangements used to frame the pieces, like the light Brazilian funk used on "Tomara" and "Berimbau," for example, which both float, lighter than air, over truly imaginative drum programming and instrumental performances. Morelenbaum's glorious voice sets the standard throughout, breathy but gloriously melodic (she also deserves great credit for her production work here). Even brass sounds feather-light, gliding by the songs. And yet it retains a real groove, a toe-tapping funk that's irresistible and does full justice to the songs themselves. Even a bossa ballad like "Insensetaz" is given quirky little touches, like the irresistible cello line by Morelenbaum's husband, Jacques. It's an album of details and quirks in the melodies and rhythms, gentle and lulling, but still constantly pushing forward, and rewarding no matter how many times you listen to it.

Customer Reviews

Just Standards

This is a good artist. My only problem is these songs are just standards. You can easily find ten are twenty albums just like this, the singer just as sweet and the music just as in time. Brazil has far more interesting music. Check out Azymuth, The Ipanemas, some of the stuff on Gilles Peterson's in brazil selections, Sabrina Malheiros, or Joyce to name a few. Nonetheless, this is a good album.

Jovial and passionate music...

Light and airy cotton candy-style music seductively infused with passion that you would expect from a Brazilian Diva. Paula Morelenbaum weaves a musical tapestry for us and transports us to far away sultry beaches and the carnival of Rio de Janeiro. The song Voce e Eu (You and I) is more modern in style, but heavily accented by traditional samba-notes, whereas Brigas Nunca Mais is an acid-jazz-meets-pure-bossa-nova tune that is pleasing to the ears. Highly reccomended cd containing a wonderful collection of songs, not to be missed.


Sublime! The intricate rhythms get into your pores and your blood stream to sweep you out of the ordinary into an alluring atmosphere. The top layer of sound is Paula Morelenbaum's bewitching voice. Every album she and her husband is on is on is a must!

Berimbaum, Paula Morelenbaum
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Brazilian, Music, Jazz, World
  • Released: Nov 02, 2004

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