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Album Review

Rosa Passos made her recording debut as a leader in 1979, but this 2003 Chesky CD may be her first to be released outside of South America. The Brazilian singer is paired with veteran bassist Ron Carter, who provides a solid melodic foundation for her throughout the date; the delightful Brazilian guitarist Lula Galvao; percussionist Paulo Braga, and, on a few tracks, veteran session musician Billy Drewes on tenor sax or clarinet. While the focus is clearly on the soft, effective vocals of Passos, who is extremely effective in her interpretations of bossa nova classics such as "Insensatez," "Desafinado," "Caminhos Cruzados," and "O Grande Amor," Carter's solos are also subtly swinging. Not satisfied with sticking exclusively to a well known repertoire, Passos is a superb interpreter of less familiar songs like Jobim's "Por Causa de Voce" (a duet with Carter, whose playing is phenomenal on this track) and the lively "Feitio de Oracao." The warm, very intimate sound throughout this studio date makes this a particularly memorable bossa nova release.

Customer Reviews

The Bests r Still Here

The first time I heard passos' voice I though about earth. I don't mean THE earth, I mean that sort of dirt that's so rich and full of nutrients and minerals that you it's now called "earth", instead of dirt. Pairied with Carter's interestingly melodic and aggressive playing this record is probably my favorite of hers. It's the type of record that sounds as good, if not better, in your house as it would in a club. Buy this record!

Entre Amigos

Don't be put off by a few bossa nova chestnuts--this is a lyrical and wonderful album by "the female Joao Gilberto" and not-overrated jazz great Ron Carter, filled in with lovely guitar and clarinent. Carter's one weakness is that he sometimes dominates with an overrecorded. orotund bass tone. He keeps that in check here and functions as the best-possible accompaniest, taking only the occasional superb solo. You can put it on as soothing background music or listen as closely as you would like.


Born: May 4, 1937 in Ferndale, MI

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The epitome of class and elegance without the stuffiness, Ron Carter has been a world-class bassist and cellist since the '60s. He's among the greatest accompanists of all time, and has made many albums exhibiting his prodigious technique. He's a brilliant rhythmic and melodic player, who uses everything in the bass and cello arsenal; walking lines, thick, full, prominent notes and tones, drones and strumming effects, and melody snippets. His bowed solos are almost as impressive as those done with...
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