Maucha Adnet & Helio Alves: Milagre
(Maucha Adnet Bio)
(Helio Alves Website)
Maucha Adnet on Vocals
Helio Alves on Piano
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
April 1, 2013
This CD showcases the lovely Brazilian vocalist, Maucha Adnet, a renowned and authentic Jobim afiçionada, and the equally renowned Brazilian pianist, Helio Alves. The duo brings to the lucky listener a collection of 14 elegantly presented songs, of varying rhythms and temperaments.
#2 – Eu Vim Da Bahia - Composed by Gilberto Gil. This upbeat composition by Gilberto Gil tells of his love of the beauty of Bahia. Maucha sings the Portuguese lyrics with reverence and radiance, puissance and panache. Helio’s piano interpretations, here and throughout this recording, are never just accompaniment, but, rather, a collaborative performance with tonal flourishes and generous jazzy improvisations at each interlude.
#4 – Gabriela - Composed by A.C. Jobim. Maucha used to sing this song with Jobim and his band. It’s from a Jobim film score, based on a romantic novel. It should be noted that this disc’s liner notes are written by jazz impresario, Todd Barkan, who has presented Maucha and Helio, with their colleagues, in the clubs, for many years. Maucha and Helio bring forth a joyfulness and warmth in this track that illuminates mood and moment.
#7 – Caminhos Cruzados - Composed by A.C. Jobim/Newton Mendonça. This song is about new love given birth by two longing and lonely partners. Helio embellishes the theme with expansiveness and rapture, while Maucha sings the brief, graceful lyrics like misty spring raindrops.
#12 – Tico-Tico No Fubá Composed by Zequinha de Abreu/Aloysio de Oliveira. I have heard this rapid rhythmic song only on Andrews Sisters recordings, in a Paul Taylor modern dance (Company B), so here it was a revelation to hear Maucha and Helio’s rendition, with natural Brazilian accent and casual flair. Yet on this recording, Maucha and Helio will still inspire the listener to envision pulsating dance.