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Maria Rita

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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.
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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/13/2004
  • Label: Warner Music Latina
  • UPC: 825646153923
  • Catalog Number: 61539
  • Sales rank: 38,998

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Festa (4:29)
  2. 2 Agora Só Falta Vocî (3:23)
  3. 3 Menininha Do Portão (3:30)
  4. 4 Não Vale a Pena (5:08)
  5. 5 Dos Gardenias (4:35)
  6. 6 Cara Valente (4:51)
  7. 7 Santa Chuva (3:56)
  8. 8 Menina da Lua (5:37)
  9. 9 Encontros e Despedidas (4:02)
  10. 10 Pagu (3:52)
  11. 11 Lavadeira Do Rio (3:21)
  12. 12 Veja Bem Meu Bem (3:10)
  13. 13 Cupido (7:37)
  14. 14 Cara Valente
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Maria Rita Primary Artist, Noise, Palmas
Jorge Helder Acoustic Bass
Eduardo Pereira Viola
Tom Capone Banjo, Viola, Pandeiro, Viol, 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, Contributor, Art Direction, Bass Arrangement
Paulo Garfunkel Composer
Alvaro Alencar Contributor
Maria Rita Producer, Bass Arrangement
Rita Lee Composer
Braulio Tavares Composer
Fernando Brant Composer
Nonato Buzar Composer
Isolina Carrillo Composer
Jean Garfunkel Composer
Ricardo Garcia Mastering
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
Tomás Baptista Contributor
Patricia Lobato Composer
Tiago Costa Choir Arrangement, Bass Arrangement
Toca Do Bandido Contributor
Lili Ferraz Contributor
Drica Lobo Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful

    Very calming and soothing. You won't regret getting this CD.

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