Maria Rita

Maria Rita

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by Maria Rita
     
 

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Sometimes, biology is destiny. Although the daughter of two Brazilian legends, vocalist Elis Regina and her collaborator Cesar Camargo Mariano, Maria Rita struggled valiantly for a career outside of the spotlight. But, she was eventually cajoled into recording, and to no one's surprise, she's inherited a goodly portion of the silken tones that made her mother a star

Overview

Sometimes, biology is destiny. Although the daughter of two Brazilian legends, vocalist Elis Regina and her collaborator Cesar Camargo Mariano, Maria Rita struggled valiantly for a career outside of the spotlight. But, she was eventually cajoled into recording, and to no one's surprise, she's inherited a goodly portion of the silken tones that made her mother a star like none other. But Maria Rita is no bossa nova retread -- not quite. The excitement and risk of early bossa is here, but sounding nothing like "The Girl from Ipanema." "A Festa," the Latin Grammy-nominated opening track, is a revisioning of "La Bamba" by her godfather, Milton Nascimento. It sambas joyously between Northern Brazilian and Caribbean rhythms, lit up by Maria Rita's ingratiating, guileless voice. Other tracks verge on soul jazz ("Meninha do Portão"), boleros ("Dos Gardenias"), and manguebeat (Lenine's "Lavadeiras do Rio"). In defiance of expectations that she somehow save Brazilian music from the excesses of 21st century pop, Maria Rita delivers a refreshingly honest, joyful record. Those who have been waiting for another singer to capture the charms of Brazilian song the way Elis did will be thrilled with this new talent.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Distant from the mass-market mentality of the United States pop music industry in more ways than one, the MPB field has been and continues to be ripe with beautiful and lively music, with Maria Rita's debut album standing tall as an exemplary document of the sort of music blossoming in America's other hemisphere. This beautiful and beautiful-sounding young lady is the daughter of one of Brazil's most (if not the most) legendary vocalists, the late Elis Regina, and if that alone weren't enough to make her a star-in-waiting, her father is César Camargo Mariano, one of the country's top arrangers, producers, and pianists, and her namesake is Rita Lee, yet another MPB legend. Add to that a close musical partnership with Milton Nascimento, who pens "A Festa," the ear-grabbing opening track of her album, and you can see why the MPB world was eagerly awaiting her recording debut. And what an album it is, from beginning to end a joyful listening experience with no low points whatsoever and a pair of absolutely astonishing high points, the aforementioned "A Festa" and the mid-album standout "Cara Valente." These two party-starters highlight what is otherwise a collection of delicate songs of varying tempo, all of them distinct in numerous ways. What each song shares, however, is a purely acoustic, slightly jazzy musical backing and also a lyrical performance by Rita, who possesses a tender voice not unlike that of her mother as well as an emotive delivery that accentuates her vocals with a rich sense of humanity. Moreover, Rita's voice benefits from pristine production courtesy of Tom Capone, one of Brazil's finest. Like Bebel Gilberto's Tanto Tempo solo debut from a few years prior, Maria Rita is the sort of masterpiece that has all the makings of a crossover success, the sort of album that is likely to be a great many listeners' first experience with popular Brazilian music, and deservedly so. [Originally released by Warner Music Brasil in late 2003, Maria Rita was repackaged for stateside release in 2004. The U.S. edition includes international-minded back-cover blurbs from critics touting the album: "To understand what Maria Rita means to the Brazilian musical market, think Norah Jones", for instance. This edition also is enhanced, including a delightful video for "Cara Valente" and links to Rita's website, where additional tracks were available for download.]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/13/2004
Label:
Warner Music Latina
UPC:
0825646153923
catalogNumber:
61539

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maria Rita   Primary Artist,Noise,Palmas
Jorge Helder   Acoustic Bass
Eduardo Pereira   Viola
Tom Capone   Banjo,Viola,Pandeiro,Tamborim
Jairo Diniz   Viola
Hugo Vargas Pilger   Cello
Leo Ortiz   Violin
Marcello Isdebski Salles   Cello
Carlos Mendes   Violin
Bocato   Trombone
Giba Pinto   Electric Bass,Baixo
Glauco Fernandes   Violin
Denner Campolina   Double Bass
Leo Leobons   Percussion,Bongos,Conga
Marcelo DaCosta   Surdo,Bateria
Rogério Rosa   Violin
Marcus Vinicius Baldini   Dirigida
Tiago Costa   Organ,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,fender rhodes
DaLua   Percussion
Erasmo Fernandes   Violin
Lili Ferraz   Cabelo
Marluce Ferreira   Violin
Verônica Gabler   Violin
Da Lua   Percussion
Marcelo Mariano   Baixo
Pedro Mibielli   Violin
Pedro Migielli   Violin

Technical Credits

Milton Nascimento   Composer
Paulinho Tapajós   Composer
Tom Capone   Producer,Art Direction,Bass Arrangement
Paulo Garfunkel   Composer
Maria Rita   Producer,Bass Arrangement
Rita Lee   Composer
Braulio Tavares   Composer
Fernando Brant   Composer
Nonato Buzar   Composer
Isolina Carrillo   Composer
Jean Garfunkel   Composer
Daniel Carvalho   Contributor
Lenine   Composer
Bocato   Trombone Arrangement
Glauco Fernandes   Arranger
Luciana Maria Guerra Vieira   Executive Producer
Marcelo DaCosta   Producer,Bass Arrangement
Rogerinho   Roadie
Marcelo Camelo   Composer
Patricia Lobato   Composer
Tiago Costa   Choir Arrangement,Bass Arrangement
Drica Lobo   Contributor

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Maria Rita 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very calming and soothing. You won't regret getting this CD.