Happiness is a richly seasoned Brazilian singer hugging the delicate curves of Dorival Caymmi’s “Doralice” and then meandering through a superbly constructed Jobim medley. The surprise here is that Masha Campagne is Brazilian only by association (to the music itself, and to her closest colleague, the musical yang to her yin, Rio-nurtured arranger/producer/pianist Weber Iago). Campagne is Russian or, more accurately, Russian-American, born and raised in Moscow but residing in the Bay Area since 1991. On this, her debut recording, she reveals a deep, luxuriant voice that suggests the richest, darkest chocolate and the ripest, tartest blackberries.
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