Rosa Passos Romance

JazzTimes: "[A] lush collection of love songs from the Brazilian music canon, from Jobim's 'Por Causa De Voce' to Djavan's 'Alibi.'"
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  • Released: May 20, 2008
  • Originally Released: 2008
  • Label: Telarc

Entertainment Reviews:

JazzTimes - p.109
"[A] lush collection of love songs from the Brazilian music canon, from Jobim's 'Por Causa De Voce' to Djavan's 'Alibi.'"


Product Description:

Personnel: Luis Galvao (guitar); Vin¡cius Dorin (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Daniel DAlcƒntara, Nahor Gomes (trumpet, flugelhorn); Fabio Torres (piano); Paulo Paulelli (acoustic bass, electric bass).
Audio Mixer: Al Schmitt.
Liner Note Author: Gary Giddins.
Recording information: Espaco Cachuera!.
Arrangers: Fabio Torres; Luis Galvao; Rosa Passos; Paulo Paulelli.
Torch singing is not only for English speakers. The romance languages (including Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, and Catalan) also offer many possibilities for torch singers, and no one knows that better than Rosa Passos. The Brazilian singer has been performing torchy vocal jazz in Portuguese for many years; some have described her as a Brazilian equivalent of the late Shirley Horn, and that comparison is quite accurate on Romance. Many of the things that Horn was known for -- subtlety, restraint, intimacy, understated introspection -- are easy to find on this excellent release. But while Horn used the English language to get her emotional points across, Passos sticks to Portuguese on Romance -- and anyone who doubts that the Portuguese language can be a superb vehicle for torch singing should pay close attention to Passos' dusky, soulful interpretations of songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim ("Por Causa de Vocˆ," "Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar"), Djavan ("Alibi"), Ivan Lins ("Doce Presenca"), Joao Donato ("Cadˆ Vocˆ") and other well-known Brazilian songwriters. Romance is Passos' tribute to what could be described as "the Great Brazilian Songbook" (as opposed to the Great American Songbook), and even though she didn't write any of the lyrics, her relaxed interpretations of these gems always sound very personal. Saying that Passos is relaxed isn't saying that she doesn't bring a lot to the songs emotionally; Passos doesn't feel that she has to shout in order to get one's attention, but that doesn't mean that she isn't expressive. Passos is incredibly expressive, and the beauty of the Portuguese language never lets her down on Romance. ~ Alex Henderson
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  • UPC: 089408367724
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