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Maucha Adnet: Songs I Learned from Jobim

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Maucha Adnet: Songs I Learned from Jobim

Lead Vocalist: Maucha Adnet
With Mario Adnet and Romero Lubambo on Guitar, Hugo Fattoruso, Dom Salvador, and Alfredo Cardim on Piano, Nilson Matta on Bass, Duduka Da Fonseca on Drums, Waltinho Anastácio and Duduka Da Fonseca on Percussion, Jay Ashby on Trombone, Zé Luis Oliveira on Flute, Claudio Roditi and Randy Brecker on Flugelhorn, Hugo Fattoruso on Accordion and Keyboards, Mario Adnet and Alana Da Fonseca on Vocals

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
May 14, 2006

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This is Samba, as authentic as can be, performed by Maucha Adnet and an ensemble of musicians and vocalists. Maucha worked together with Antonio Carlos Jobim and toured with his band, starting in 1984. With 15 tracks, there are danceable, singable Sambas, romantic American standards (such as These Foolish Things), and even one final track that could lead the Carnivale in Rio. Maucha is joined by a bevy of vocalists, accordion-keyboard-pianists, percussionists, bass, drums, trombone, flute, and flugelhorn. This is a must-own CD for those who love smooth Samba in native, earthy Portuguese, with a smattering of standards in English. As I and most listeners prefer to hear Brazilian Samba in original Portuguese, Maucha has a hit on her hands.

Notable tracks:

#5 –Só Danço Samba – Composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinícius de Moaraes; Arranged by Mario Adnet. With guitar and vocals by Mario Adnet, led by Maucha on vocals, this is a rapturous Samba, with hints of Ellington, as well. The trombone and percussive effects are featured in the rhythmic interludes.

#8 – Bim-Bom – Composed by João Gilberto; Arranged by Mario Adnet. Romero Lubambo on guitar and Hugo Fattoruso on piano bring warmth and vibrancy to this track. Drums, bass, flute, accordion, and trombone enhance the magic and musicality of this rapidly paced song that should never end.

#9 – I Concentrate on You – Composed by Cole Porter; Arranged by Chico Adnet and Mario Adnet With a candlelit, cognac throatiness, Maucha sings in English, and this standard never sounded better. Ashby’s trombone is featured in muted fashion, and Matta’s bass with Da Fonseca’s drums add depth and moodiness.

#15 – Vignette Maracangalha – Conceived by Jobim; Arranged by Mario Adnet. Lubambo takes a guitar solo here, and ten musicians vocalize together, like performers on a Carnivale float. This track is about authentic as it gets and makes you want to dance, Samba of course.

Maucha Adnet - Songs I Learned from Jobim

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