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CD Review: Maucha Adnet & Helio Alves - Milagre

The sensitivity of Helio Alves piano playing and the sensuality and beauty of Maucha Admet voice is a perfect match for the music on Milagre. This is Alves and Adnet first recording as a duo, even though they have been working together for two decades. This experience together creates a chemistry that is evident on each track of the album.

Each one had a vast experience in music; Maucha worked with the father of Bossa Nova Antonio Carlos Jobim and his group Banda Nova from 1984 until 1994. She also worked with Trio Da Paz, Claudio Roditi, Herbie Mann, Oscar Castro-Neves, Slide Hampton, Randy Brecker and with her husband Duduka Da Fonseca.

Alves has experience with Joe Henderson, Paquito D'Rivera, Gato Barbieri, Airto Moreira and Rosa Passos.

This experience shows either on ballads like Dori Caymni "O Cantador", Edu Lobo and Vinicius De Moraes “Canto Triste" or the sambas "Eu vim da Bahia" by Gilberto Gil , "April Child" and "Tico Tico no fuba". Adnet voice and Alves piano are enough to create music magic all throughout the album.

Adnet emotional colouring and tonal beauty can be fully appreciated on the wonderful interpretations of Jobim "Gabriela", "Caminhos Cruzados" and "Retrato em Branco e Preto", Caetano Veloso "Coracao Vagabundo" and Mario Adnet "Desafinada"

Alves fully displays his style compounded of elegance and complexity on Hermeto Pascoal "Vale do Ribeira" and on Dorival Caymni "Milagre".

Tracks: O Cantador, Eu vim da Bahia, Waters of March, Gabriela, Retrato em branco e preto, Coracao Vagabundo, Caminhos Cruzados, Vale do Ribeira, Desafinada, Amor Infinito/Bons Amigos, Milagre, Tico tico no fuba, Canto Triste, April Child

Musicians: Maucha Adnet - vocals, percussion, Helio Alves - piano

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