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Mi Bossa Nova

Carmen Cuesta Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 22, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tweety Records
  • ASIN: B004KZ46VA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,575 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Triste
2. Fotografia
3. Retrato em Branco e Prieto
4. O Barquinho
5. Pois
6. Jobim
7. Modinha
8. Tormenta
9. Manha de Carnival
10. Chega de Saudade
11. Meditaçao

Editorial Reviews

2011 release from the sophisticated Pop/Jazz singer. Carmen Cuesta's smooth, sensitive voice guides the listener into a romantic mood on Mi Bossa Nova, a tribute to the great Antonio Carlos Jobim. When Jazz and R&B are on the agenda at recording studios in the Big Apple, this native of Madrid, who resides in New York, has belonged to the top echelon of studio vocalists for several years.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jobim Would Be Pleased. June 12, 2011
By FCEtier
Format:Audio CD
"A dawn, Copacabana, a song.
Through it's empty streets I hear the echo of your voice."

Carmen Cuesta's composition titled, "Jobim" begins with those lyrics. We translated them here into English although she doesn't sing in English. This is one of two tracks composed by Cuesta for this album -- a tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim. Seven of the tracks are Jobim pieces and the set also includes two bossa nova classics: "O Barquinho" and "Manha de Carnaval".

Cuesta's story is one of passion, talent, and love. This reviewer speaks neither Spanish nor Portugese and yet I appreciate Mi Bossa Nova as much as I would an aria by Kiri Te Kanawa. The artist delivers the lyrics so passionately with a voice that is soft yet strong, easy flowing yet revealing a depth of character that it affects listeners. We can feel the same emotions she feels. We appreciate her love for the genre and her tribute to Jobim is moving.

Ms. Cuesta met guitarist Chuck Loeb in 1979 while he was touring in Spain with the legendary Stan Getz. She had developed an interest in Jobim's music thanks to the Grammy Award winning Getz/Gilberto album -- the one with "The Girl from Ipanema".

Add Mi Bossa Nova to your collection and, as Cuesta says in the lyrics to "Tormenta", "Let this storm of loneliness be. Let it come inside our house. And drag away the pain with it."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice homage to classic Brazilian ballads July 1, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Carmen Cuesta
"Mi Bossa Nova"
(Tweety Records, 2011)
Romantic singer Carmen Cuesta, an expatriate of Madrid now living in New York, expresses her passion for the bossa nova sound of the 1950s and '60s, with sensuous, elegant covers of classics by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ronaldo Boscoli and Luiz Bonfa. The sound is rich and multi-textured, bridging the gap between the early bossa style and more modern "smooth jazz" production. Cuesta had originally wanted to translate the songs into Spanish, but discovered the Jobim estate now only allows artists to record his work in the original Portuguese, which she sings eloquently, though with the clarity and precision of a well-versed non-native speaker... She contents herself with a pair of her own Spanish-language compositions, including "Jobim," is a tribute to the genre's master composer... All in all, a lovely album which should pull fans of modern jazz back towards the rich heritage of Brazil's loveliest music. Recommended! (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue Guide To Brazilian Music)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bossa Nova, muito legal, belezza! July 8, 2011
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
A beautiful album by a lady with a wonderful clear voice. Classic songs, great musicians. It is brings back pleasant memories of listening to singers in Rio. Glad they kept the songs in the original Portuguese, but I'm sure listening to this lady in Espanol would be terrific as well.

MP3s are clear quality recordings. Great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The lady can sing! February 1, 2014
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I first heard this lady on NPR jazz for the first time and loved it. She has a clear voice with just the right stuff. Love It!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carmen Cuesta is great July 9, 2013
By JohnnyP
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
This is a beautiful Album. Carmen's voice and her command of Portuguese is excellent. The influence of Chuck Loeb and the quality of this album shines. I would recommend this to anyone who love the Bossa Nova feel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good April 23, 2012
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I can not stop listening to this cd.
One of the best Bossa Nova, albums to come along in years.
Stunningly Good.
J. Timothy Hamilton- Berkeley Ca.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a great find March 20, 2012
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Hard to find a (what I would call) fresh take on the Samba. Seems the songs were written, then rehashed by everyone and their. .. This is a really nice effort. Smooth, mellow and lovely.
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4.0 out of 5 stars heard it first on npr February 27, 2012
By suzie
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I like this singer, and this cd is most enjoyable and easy to listen to. She has a lovely voice, and the background musicians do a superb job. I enjoyed her story as told on the NPR interview.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars superb tribute to jobim
So many artists "covered" Jobim for nearly 50 years. But Carmen Cuesta's tribute here is way up there with the best works by Elis Regina, Gal Costa, and Paula Morelenbaum, Ana... Read more
Published on December 5, 2011 by JJGittes
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely lovely!
I had heard Camen Cuesta interviewed on NPR regarding this CD. I needed one more purchase to get free shipping so thought I would give it a try, and am so glad I did! Read more
Published on September 30, 2011 by Jo Ann Groff
5.0 out of 5 stars Bossa nova and Jobim
Anything with the name Jobim makes it a candidate for purchase in our household. This album is now one of our favorites of the master's works. Read more
Published on September 29, 2011 by J. Wagner
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD!
What a great CD! I love to put this on while preparing dinner in the evening, or have it on in the background while guests or here. Read more
Published on September 27, 2011 by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Bossa Nova arrangement!
Powerful and Spot-On music arrangement throughout this album! I am very surprized this isn't a best seller. Read more
Published on September 7, 2011 by Pablo Diablo
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful bossa
If you want musica bonita by Brazil's master songwriter, Jobim, you won't be disappointed with Mi Bossa Nova by Carmen Cuesta. Her respect for his music is heard on every song. Read more
Published on September 5, 2011 by Lyle Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
Celebrating the top of iTunes and Amazon's Jazz & Latin Charts, Carmen Cuesta is dancing a samba through a growing number of glowing reviews on MI BOSSA NOVA... Read more
Published on September 2, 2011 by Sandy Shore
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet & Lovely
Carmen Cuesta is the kind of singer I look for in music. Clarity of voice, sweet and melodic and with an understated emotional feel. Read more
Published on August 10, 2011 by Sami
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