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Maucha Adnet: The Jobim Songbook

Vocalist Maucha Adnet is no stranger to Antonio Carlos Jobim and his legacy of sambas and bossa novas, having accompanied the maestro for a decade in the Banda Nova project. Here she is joined by a stellar cast to deliver a sensitive and dynamic collection of some of his most celebrated songs.

Adnet’s voice is hauntingly reminiscent of Brazil’s beloved Elis Regina, at times so delicate and understated she disappears into the fabric of the piece. From the lush opener, “Vivo Sonhando,” it is clear the horn players on this album are absolutely an integral force in the arrangements, with the solos of featured guests Joe Lovano (saxes), Randy Brecker and Claudio Roditi (flugelhorn) and Jay Ashby (trombone) blending into these classic bossas while peppering around Maucha’s exquisite phrasing. Rounding out the rhythm section are pianist Helio Alves, drummer Duduka Da Fonseca and bassist Nilson Matta, who provide rock-solid and tasteful accompaniment as well as solos throughout.

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