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Romance
     

Romance

by Rosa Passos
 
Torch singing is not only for English speakers. The romance languages (including Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, and Catalan) also offer many possibilities for torch singers, and no one knows that better than Rosa Passos. The Brazilian singer has been performing torchy vocal jazz in Portuguese for many years; some have described her as a Brazilian equivalent of

Overview

Torch singing is not only for English speakers. The romance languages (including Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, and Catalan) also offer many possibilities for torch singers, and no one knows that better than Rosa Passos. The Brazilian singer has been performing torchy vocal jazz in Portuguese for many years; some have described her as a Brazilian equivalent of the late Shirley Horn, and that comparison is quite accurate on Romance. Many of the things that Horn was known for -- subtlety, restraint, intimacy, understated introspection -- are easy to find on this excellent release. But while Horn used the English language to get her emotional points across, Passos sticks to Portuguese on Romance -- and anyone who doubts that the Portuguese language can be a superb vehicle for torch singing should pay close attention to Passos' dusky, soulful interpretations of songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim ("Por Causa de Você," "Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar"), Djavan ("Alibi"), Ivan Lins ("Doce Presenca"), João Donato ("Cadê Você") and other well-known Brazilian songwriters. Romance is Passos' tribute to what could be described as "the Great Brazilian Songbook" (as opposed to the Great American Songbook), and even though she didn't write any of the lyrics, her relaxed interpretations of these gems always sound very personal. Saying that Passos is relaxed isn't saying that she doesn't bring a lot to the songs emotionally; Passos doesn't feel that she has to shout in order to get one's attention, but that doesn't mean that she isn't expressive. Passos is incredibly expressive, and the beauty of the Portuguese language never lets her down on Romance.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2008
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408367724
catalogNumber:
83677
Rank:
18790

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rosa Passos   Primary Artist
Luis Galvão   Guitar,Soloist
Fabio Torres   Piano,Soloist
Nahor Gomes   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Daniel DAlcântara   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Paulo Paulelli   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass,Soloist
Vinícius Dorin   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist,Transverse Flute

Technical Credits

Chico Buarque   Composer
Dorival Caymmi   Composer
Ivan Lins   Composer
Gary Giddins   Liner Notes
Francis Hime   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Vitor Martins   Composer
Marcos Valle   Composer
Luis Galvão   Arranger
Aldir Blanc   Composer
Fabio Torres   Arranger,Interlude
Haroldo Barbosa   Composer
Sueli Costa   Composer
Rosa Passos   Arranger,Producer
Klécius Caldas   Composer
Paulo Paulelli   Arranger
Shen Ribeiro   Studio Direction

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