Mi Bossa Nova
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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."
"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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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!Published on February 1, 2014 by Dennis F.
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. Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by JohnnyP
I can not stop listening to this cd.
One of the best Bossa Nova, albums to come along in years.
J. Timothy Hamilton- Berkeley Ca.
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. Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by D. Jones
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. Read morePublished on February 27, 2012 by suzie
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 morePublished on September 29, 2011 by J. Wagner
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 morePublished on September 27, 2011 by Susan