Rose and Charcoal

Rose and Charcoal

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by Marisa Monte
     
 
Marisa Monte has a voice like Marilyn Monroe had curves -- equal parts softness and sexiness. On her widely acclaimed third album, Monte uses her gorgeous instrument to explore various Brazilian genres, all of which are built around acoustic guitar, percussion, and voice. The result is a lush-sounding, thoroughly modern representation

Overview

Marisa Monte has a voice like Marilyn Monroe had curves -- equal parts softness and sexiness. On her widely acclaimed third album, Monte uses her gorgeous instrument to explore various Brazilian genres, all of which are built around acoustic guitar, percussion, and voice. The result is a lush-sounding, thoroughly modern representation of Brazil's melting pot musical heritage. On the dark, steamy "Dança Da Solidão," Monte trades silky vocals with Gilberto Gil over a soft bossa shuffle; on "Balançe;a Pema," Parliament/Funkadelic's Bernie Worrell engages his squiggly organ lines in a duel with a cuica friction drum; and, of course, there are several sambas. The album closes with the wistful "Esta Melodia," whose fade-out will leave love-struck listeners with the feeling of saudade, the bittersweet nostalgic essence at the core of the Brazilian heart. Monte also successfully expands the boundaries of what a Brazilian singer can do. There's the Beatlesque "Enquanto Isso" with Laurie Anderson, the sophisticated rhythmic matrix of "O Ceu." Then there is the slow, dreamy beauty of "Alta Noite" (Deepest Night). Monte herself has said she has special affection for this album, which she worked on so hard to polish and perfect. The result is a modern Brazilian pop classic.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alvaro Neder
Marisa Monte is one of the best figures of today's Brazilian pop (a category that does not comprise pure samba, choro, canção, baião, and other Brazilian popular musics). While most new bands and interpreters center their work on futile material and focus on easy formulas and clichés, she is concerned in really adding something to the superb tradition of MPB, which is quite a challenging task. This is her third album, where, with special guests Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, Gilberto Gil, Paulinho da Viola, Velha Guarda da Portela, Época de Ouro, Naná Vasconcelos, Carlinhos Brown, and others, she delivers some of her hits: "Maria de Verdade," "Na Estrada," "Segue o Seco," "Dança da Solidão," "De Mais Ninguém," "Bem Leve," and "Balança Pema." One of the best pop albums from the '90s, she makes clear that she is after a new language in which the respect for the rich musical tradition of Brazil is evident.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/1994
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724383008025
catalogNumber:
30080
Rank:
51620

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marisa Monte   Primary Artist
Naná Vasconcelos   Percussion
Laurie Anderson   Vocals
Bernie Worrell   Organ,Hammond Organ
Gilberto Gil   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Marvin Stamm   Flugelhorn,Tanpura
Brown   Viola
David Nadien   Violin
Ned Rothenberg   Bass,Clarinet
Arto Lindsay   Vocals
Paulinho da Viola   Acoustic Guitar
Velha Guarda da Portela   Acoustic Guitar
Lamar Alsop   Viola
Carlinhos Brown   Percussion,Tambourine,Vocals,cowbell
Greg Cohen   Strings,Bass Guitar,Overdubs
Cesar Faria   Acoustic Guitar
Jorginho Gomez   Drums
Fred Griffin   French Horn
Fred Hammond   Organ
Romero Lubambo   Acoustic Guitar
Jorginho Do Pandeiro   Pandeiro
Matthew Raimondi   Violin
Marcos Suzano   Berimbau,Pandeiro,Snare Drums,Trash Cans
Toni   Acoustic Guitar
Dininho   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Bass Guitar
Celso Fonseca   Electric Guitar
Arthur Maia   Bass,Electric Bass,Vocals,Acoustic Bass
Argemiro   Pandeiro
Ronaldo Bandolim   Mandolin
Carlinhos Brower   Vocals
Cabelinho   Surdo
Robert Carlyle   French Horn
Casemiro   Cuica
Casquinho   Reco-reco
Osmar Do Cavaco   Cavaquinho
David Do Pandeiro   Pandeiro
Celcinho Do Panderio   Ganza
D. Doca   Vocals
Vasconcellos du Bois   Percussion
D. Eunice   Vocals
Jorginho Filho   Cavaquinho
Guaracy   Acoustic Guitar
Rich Lockar   Cello
Manace'a   Tambourine
Nando Reis   Acoustic Guitar
D. Surica   Vocals
Valdonsi   Accordion
Fred Vlotkin   Cello
Milton Casquinha   Reco-reco
Prince Vasconcelos du Bois   Percussion
Jorginho Gomes   Drums,Vocals
Monarco   Tambor
Susan Orenstein   Violin

Technical Credits

Marisa Monte   Producer
Arto Lindsay   Producer,English Translations
Carlinhos Brown   Contributor
Greg Cohen   String Arrangements
Patrick Dillett   Engineer
Dininho   Contributor
Leonardo Netto   Director,Executive Producer
Chico Neves   Sample Preparation
Marcos Martinez   Illustrations
Monte Criacao   Management

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Rose and Charcoal 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ecco60 More than 1 year ago
I had been looking for another Brazilian singer with a terrific sound after listening to Ceu so many times. Marisa Monte fits the bill to a tee, and then some. While more traditional in her approach, which is not a bad thing, her voice is enchanting and the music is rich and full. In the case of both singers, it doesn't matter that I can't understand Portuguese, because the music just takes over and makes you feel good. Marisa is one of the best Brazilian singers, and singers in general, that I have heard, and it is a shame that this music has not caught on more here.