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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 14, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sunny Side
  • ASIN: B00005NTQG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,920 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The lovely Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza is the daughter of songwriters Walter Santos and Teresa Souza. She's best known to American jazz lovers through her thrilling work with pianist Danilo Perez and for her critically acclaimed recording The Poems of Elizabeth Bishop and Other Songs. On this CD, Souza's fluid and floral vocals, which swing on every Portuguese-language phrase, are backed by three alternating Brazil-born guitarists--Romero Lubambo, her father, and Marco Pereira on eight-string guitar--performing compositions by Luis Gonzaga, Edú Lobo, Jacó do Banbolim, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Souza's parents. The combination of the plaintive and percussive guitar playing and Souza's sinewy voice is hard to beat. From the peppery "Baião Medley" and the bossa-nova-like "Doce de Coco" to the Afro syncopations of "Saudade da Bahia," Luciana Souza shows that when it comes to Brazilian music, less is more. --Eugene Holley, Jr.

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You can hear the stiffness of his hands.
Mediaflow
She is joined in this project by two great guitarists, Romero Lubambo and her father.
Papetti
A beautifully recorded album as well, very spare with just voice and guitar.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mediaflow on September 17, 2002
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This one of my favorite Brazilian CDs released in Year 2001. I have recommended to more than 10 music lovers, and every one of them loves it. The previous reviewer tried to compare Ms. Souza to Joyce, and the three guitarists to the great Joao Gilberto. His/her attempt is like comparing Flan to Tiramisu, not making much sense.
I own most albums from of Joao Gilberto to say that Joao uses his guitar to accompany his voice, not as a solo instrument. In this album, duo means guitar is equally important in making the sound. Ms. Souza¡¦s father Walter Santos is old. You can hear the stiffness of his hands. Even though, he has assisted her daughter with good taste. The other two guitarists Romero Lubambo and Marco Pereira have established themselves in many of their own albums in groups or in solo. The creativity, virtuosity, and energy from those two guitar masters are incredible.
Most songs in this album were carried out with exquisite details, with just simply Ms. Souza and a guitarist at a time. Unlike some big volume Jazz singers who love to use strong vibrato, Ms. Souza cleverly mixed a soft Bossa Nova like voice with an improvosative Jazz easiness. Not many singers are capable of doing this, and Ms. Souza did a wonderful job married those two cultures. This may be because she was raised in Brasil and studied/lived in New York City that she get used to both two music styles.
The recording of this album is audiophile level. I use this album to test new audio equipments for my home system upgrade. Mr. Pereira's 8 string guitar is especially well-recorded by a team in Brasil. 1/3 of this album (with Mr. Lubambo) is recorded in US, and the voice is smoother with slightly reduced dynamics.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Papetti on May 15, 2002
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Luciana has been more known for singing Jazz in English versions than in Portuguese; anyhow, her ratings have been fantastic, and after this release I hope they get even better, this girl deserves every single praise she's gotten. She is joined in this project by two great guitarists, Romero Lubambo and her father. The result is an acoustic jewel, laid back with the exception of two or three cuts. Purchase this CD, get a good drink ready, push play and raise the volume of your stereo and you'll be transported immediately to Brasil.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Louis I. Jaffe on June 15, 2002
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I first heard Luciana live with Danilo Perez on his Motherland tour, singing wordless jazz vocals. Who was this skinny chick singing like an angel? A recent issue of Americas magazine explained: She`s the daughter of a musical Brazilian family and grew up with a who's-who of famous Brazilian musicians. She went on to advanced music studies in New York and recognition in jazz circles. "Brazilian Duos," while jazzy, is anything but avant garde. It's a time capsule of bossa and samba classics. Souza sings with great warmth and taste; she's one of those rare performers who can evoke the full range of emotions, without going over the top. The guitar backups are strong, with Marco Pereira on eight-string the standout. Five stars.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 16, 2002
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A beautiful acoustic album which draws songs from sources as varied as Luiz Gonzaga, Edu Lobo, Dorival Caymmi and Jacob do Bandolim, a fine mix of jazz and traditional Brazilian sensibilities. The duets are between Paulista singer Luciana Souza and the guitars of Romero Lubambo, Marco Pereira and Souza's father, composer Walter Santos. Souza is a striking vocalist whose clarity of tone brings to mind other Brazilian singers such as Joyce or Clara Nunes, although with a clarity of purpose that makes this album all her own. Each guitarist in his turn proves a sympathetic foil to Ms. Souza's honied voice... A lovely, wonderfully controlled and expressive set of songs -- highly recommended!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Larry L. Looney on September 16, 2002
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...and twelve great songs without a lot of studio additions to get in the way. This is the first album I've heard by Ms. Souza -- it won't be the last. I intend to acquire everything I can find by her. If she sounds this great with just a single guitar, arranged and delivered so tastefully, I'm sure I'll enjoy her work with larger ensembles as well.
Luciana's accompanists are stellar. She even convinced her father, Walter Santos -- who, along with her mother Tereza Souza, made up one of the most successful Brazilian songwriting teams of the 50s and 60s -- to add his masterful guitar touches on four of the tracks. The other two guitarists are excellent as well. Romero Lubambo is one of the best I've ever heard, and the work by Marco Pereira on 8-string guitar makes my head spin (and my fingers hurt) -- but what a ride!
I have to say that I don't buy Brazilian music when I'm looking for jazz (see the review below) -- although I certainly hear the jazz element within it. I found Luciana's voice to be an absolutely beautiful, charming and talent-infused instrument. This is one of the best Brazilian discs I've heard in many years, and one of the best of any genre I've discovered in some time. I'm recommending it not only to my friends who enjoy Brazilian music, but also to those who've never experienced the joyous, soul-touching music that Brazil has engendered to share with a lucky world.
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