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While many an American jazz singer flirts with the Brazilian Songbook, San Francisco vocalist Sandy Cressman made a name for herself as a true devotee of Brazil s greatest contemporary composers, interpreting songs by post-bossa masters like Milton Nascimento, Hermeto Pascoal, Gilberto Gil, and Filó Machado in Rio-accented Portuguese. The friendships forged with Brazilian and Brazilophile musicians during her musical travels course through her captivating new album Entre Amigos, a project that marks a major new chapter for Cressman as a tunesmith. Entre Amigos features a gorgeous array of new songs created with an impressive cast of collaborators, including the celebrated Pernambuco frevo composer/bandleader Spok, pianist/composer Jovino Santos Neto, and pianist Antonio Adolfo, rising Brazilian-American guitarist Ian Faquini, a Brazilian jazz master who got his start at the center of Rio s early 1960s bossa nova scene. The CD features such notable musicians as drummers Dennis Chambers and Celso Alberti, guitarist Ray Obiedo, and horn players Harvey Wainapel, Jeff Cressman, Natalie Cressman and Eduardo Neves.
A Brazilian experience that is sure to touch the heart and soul of all jazz fans. Sandy Cressman delivers vocals that are filled with story telling passion laced with a personal touch. Sandy performs this wondrous ballad filled CD in the poetic language of Portuguese. One need not understand the words to appreciate these emotion inspired songs. Sandy's voice is crisp, sultry and expressive, with a tone similar to the great Latin vocalist, Gloria Estefan. Sandy's star stunning vocals are also supported by an all-star cast of jazz musicians. Each song composed with a lively Brazilian flare that will wake up the tired soul of jazz fans all over the world looking for something special to add to their collection. Sandy Cressman has become one of my favorite female vocalist and I'm sure she will impress you as well. Enjoy this one for years to come! --Jazz Review
Cressman pours out her love, sometimes to excess, for the delightfully sensuous and melodious Brazilian lyrics in all her renditions. --San Francisco Examiner, Phillip Elwood
...Here, then, is a nest of true chirps (bop term for female singer), ladies who aver, it would seem, that without a song the day wouldn't even begin, let alone never end. --Downbeat, Zan Stewart
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The amigos on the album are pianists Peter Horvath, Neto, Aldolfo, and Anne Sajdera; members of SpokFrevo [saxophonist Spok plus trumpets, cavaquinho, banjo, electric guitar, accordion, bass, drums, surdo, pandero tambourine, 7-string guitar]; guitarists Faquini, Wainzinger and Obeido; percussionists Michael Spiro and Brian Rice; bassists David Belove, Scott Thompson, Benny Rietvel, and Sidiel Viera; drummers Thiago Rabello, Celso Alberti, David Chambers, and Phil Thomason; saxophonist Wainapel; flutist Eduardo Neves; Dani [voice] & Debora [Fender Rhodes] Gurgel Quarteto; and Fender Rhodes player David K. Matthews. To accommodate them, recordings were made in the Bay Area, Miami, Hamburg, and São Paulo and Recife.
This fine new album offers a nice assortment of Brazilian jazz styles performed by a bevy of esteemed musicians. Sandy Cressman, and colleague Harvey Wainapel, somehow fell in love with Brazilian music and have fostered close relationships with regionally re-settled and Brazil-based artists to make the Bay Area a thriving center of this much loved sound. This sweet, rhythmic album is a splendid showcase of their art.
I liked Sandy Cressman's records with Homenagem Brasileira where she sang covers of mostly really great songs.
This recording has no good songs.
The musicians and recording quality are all good but the music is just mediocre at best.
Far away the high point of this recording is Peter Horvath's playing on "Here In Your Arms I Dream" (hard to ignore the poor song writing) but better to save your money and buy Peter's recordings
Sandy and friends will take your saudade away and have you dancing and singing along with the their musical Brazilian ear candy like pulling your heart to a warm Brazillian beach with friends and loved ones for a festa or take you to Recife for Carnaval with Frevo Master Spok and reminisce with Elise Regina's legendary pianist Antonio Adolfo about Rio.
Entre Amigos is beautifully fresh and inspired Musica Popular Brasiliera Jazz (MPBJ) from the opening samba/batucada to beautiful bossas, baião and maractu complete with contempory poems and solos.
There are marvelous horn arrangements from Natalie Cressman, solos from Jeff Cressman and stellar horn players, acoustic guitar prodigy Ian Faquini plays a beautiful acoustic guitar duo with Sandy, Brazilian groove master bassist David Belove, Scott Thompson and Sidiel Vieira swing the bottom, great pianist as Jovino Santos Neto (Flora Purim) and Anne Sadjera, with Ray Obiedo (guitar+) and many many more of Sandy's friends from her Brazilian heart make this music so special that you'll be on the replay button over and over again. Valeu Sandy e Amigos!