Carmen Cuesta – Mi Bossa Nova (2010)

Title: Mi Bossa Nova
Year Of Release: 2010
Label: C.A.R.E Music Group
Genre: Bossa Nova / Jazz / Pop
Quality: FLAC (image) / MP3
Total Time: 43:13 min
Total Size: 288 MB / 116 MB

01. Triste [03:02]
02. Fotografia [04:16]
03. Retrato Em Branco E Preto [05:07]
04. O Barquinho [03:51]
05. Pois E [03:25]
06. Jobim [04:43]
07. Modinha [03:05]
08. Tormenta [03:20]
09. Manha De Carnaval [03:59]
10. Chega De Saudade [03:49]
11. Meditacao [04:29]
Carmen Cuesta – vocals
Chuck Loeb – guitars, keyboards, bass
Matt King – piano
Brian Dunne – drums
David Charles – percussion
Christian Diener – bass
David Mann – flute
Howard Levy – harmonica
Christina Loeb – flute
Lizzy Loeb – flute

The Spanish singer Carmen Cuesta has long had a love for the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim and other bossa nova composers, though her earlier CDs have focused more on originals co-written with her husband, guitarist Chuck Loeb. But bossa nova reigns supreme on this 2011 release, with Loeb contributing well-produced backgrounds for Cuesta’s fresh, pleasing alto voice. Initially she worked on translating the Portuguese lyrics into Spanish, only to be stymied by legal issues after she was well underway with her work. In any case, Cuesta is able to convey the elegance of these timeless melodies. Her vocals capture the longing of the lyric to “Retrato em Branco e Preto” in a heartfelt performance. Cuesta is equally sensual in her interpretation of “Meditaçao.” Her flawless rendition of Luis Bonfá’s “Manha de Carnaval” could easily be used in a film soundtrack. Cuesta and Loeb’s daughters Christina and Lizzy are added on flutes for their mother’s “Jobim,” her warm tribute to her inspiration for this CD. Throughout the date, Chuck Loeb’s orchestrations and acoustic guitar solos add to the beauty of Carmen Cuesta’s performances. It’s easy to understand why they enjoy making music together as documented in Mi Bossa Nova. — Ken Dryden

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