Today's Leading Ladies and the Stories Behind Their Music
An excerpt (from pages 25 & 27):
"Best known for his whispery, intimate croon and deceptively intrincate acoustic guitar work, bossa nova pioneer Joao Gilberto is widely recognized for his interpretations of songs by his more-prolific colleague Antonio Carlos Jobim. However, Gilberto's original music is not as immediately identifiable by many other than bossa aficionados. Vocalist Ithamara Koorax and masterful guitarist Juarez Moreira are doing their best to correct this situation with their recording Bim Bom: The Complete João Gilberto Songbook" (Motéma), which marks the first occasion that all of Gilberto's original compositions have been collected on one album. Having worked alongside Jobim and the late Luiz Bonfá, Koorax is certainly well-suited to interpret Gilberto's lyrical melodies; her cool, pliant voice evokes but never imitates Gilberto's singular style. Koorax and Moreira pick up the tempo on the charming 'Minha Saudade,' our selection here, as the singer nimbly navigates Gilberto's lyric for the lilting João Donato tune."
This special issue includes a 2-CD set titled "Signs of the Times." One of the tracks is "Minha Saudade" (João Gilberto/João Donato), performed by Ithamara Koorax & Juarez Moreira, produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro and taken from "Bim Bom - The Complete João Gilberto Songbook." Other featured artists: Amanda Carr, Hiromi, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Carol Welsman, Faye Miravite, Flora Purim, Ahmad Jamal, Philippe Saisse, David Sanborn & Joss Stone, and many more.