Terra

Terra

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by Mariza
     
 

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Terra feels like an attempt to move Mariza into the musical mainstream. She's already established herself at the forefront of fado, as one of the leading performers of the emotive Portuguese style, and there's no doubt she possesses a wonderful voice. But the addition of several guests, such as Chucho Valdés

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Terra feels like an attempt to move Mariza into the musical mainstream. She's already established herself at the forefront of fado, as one of the leading performers of the emotive Portuguese style, and there's no doubt she possesses a wonderful voice. But the addition of several guests, such as Chucho Valdés, Ivan Lins, and Tito Paris (among others) seems to open up the seams between fado and other genres, including Brazilian music and jazz. It does so relatively subtly, and she keeps her base pretty firmly in fado (witness the glorious "Ja Me Deixou"). But the inclusion of a standard like "Smile," which closes the album and has her singing in English, is evidence of the move to broaden her appeal, as is the lushness of the arrangements, much fuller than she's used in the studio in the past. Her duet with Paris on "Beijo de Saudade" is a highlight, and the voices play off each other gloriously, hers pure and clear, his gruff and harsh. Ultimately, the question is whether it all works, and it does, because it doesn't try to do too much, just a small re-positioning, although what the future will bring remains to be seen.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/2009
Label:
Four Quarters Ent
UPC:
0822545181422
catalogNumber:
1814

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mariza   Primary Artist
Ivan Lins   Piano,Guest Appearance
Chucho Valdés   Piano
Horacio "El Negro" Hernández   Drums
Dominic Miller   Acoustic Guitar
Tito Paris   Vocals
Javier Limón   Flamenco Guitar
Carlos Sarduy   Trumpet
Concha Buika   Vocals

Technical Credits

Ivan Lins   Composer
Dominic Miller   Composer
Artur Ribeiro   Composer
Ary Dos Santos   Composer
Fernando Tordo   Composer
Florbela Espanca   Composer
Rui Veloso   Composer
Rui Guerreiro   Engineer
Javier Limón   Producer
Paulo Carvalho   Composer
Albert Nijmolen   Executive Producer
Jorge Coelho   Creative Concept
Tiago Machado   Composer
Joáo Pedro Ruela   Executive Producer
Resende Dias Orquestra   Composer
Pedro Homem De Mello   Composer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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