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  • 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: #171,289 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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Carmen Cuesta's love of this music form is obvious.
Maya
Clarity of voice, sweet and melodic and with an understated emotional feel.
Sami
This album is now one of our favorites of the master's works.
J. Wagner

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By FCEtier on June 12, 2011
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 1, 2011
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Carmen Cuesta
"Mi Bossa Nova"
(Tweety Records, 2011)
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Studwell on July 8, 2011
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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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By Dennis F. on 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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By JohnnyP on July 9, 2013
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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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By john timothy hamilton on 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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By D. Jones on 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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By suzie on February 27, 2012
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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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