Wednesday, March 1, 2017

CD/DVD of the Month - "Vitoria Maldonado: O Que Está Acontecendo Comigo)

CD/DVD of the Month
Vitoria Maldonado: "O Que Está Acontecendo Comigo" (VMG CD 0002, 2-disc set)

Rating: **** (musical performance & sonic quality)

Produced by Vitoria Maldonado
Associate Producer: Ney Marques
Photo: Ella Dürst
Coordination: Victor Rebouças
Design: Leticia Moura
Session Photos: André Bechelane
Rehearsal Photos: Felipe Galvão
Making Of directed by André Bechelane

Recorded by Carlos KK Akamine @ Estúdio Cachuera (São Paulo, SP, Brazil)
Mixed by Luis Paulo Serafim @ Estúdio Trama
Mastered by Carlos Freitas @ Classic Master Studio

All songs written by Vitoria Maldonado
Basic tracks arranged by Vitoria Maldonado
String section arranged & conducted by Ruriá Duprat
Featuring: Vitoria Maldonado (piano, vocals), Sylvio Mazzucca Jr. (acoustic bass), Duda Neves (drums), Luiz Guilherme Rabello (percussion), Marcelo Pizarro (acoustic & electric guitars), Teco Cardoso (soprano sax), Nailor Proveta (clarinet, soprano sax, alto sax & tenor sax), Rubinho Antunes (flugelhorn)
Special guest: Roberto Menescal (acoustic guitar on "Meu Moreno")

An amazing 2-disc set release, with a deluxe 16-page booklet, by the São Paulo-based pianist, composer, arranger and singer Vitoria Maldonado. Both the CD and the DVD "O Que Está Acontecendo Comigo" (What Is Happening To Me) include 11 tracks, with an extra "making of" on the DVD.

"The DVD was filmed during the recording sessions, so that the listener could meet all the musicians involved in this project, and feel the thrill and happiness we had making it," Vitoria writes on the liner notes.

Vitoria Maldonado's style reflects the Bossa Nova romanticism added to the jazz sophistication, an influence from the years she studied at the Berklee College of Music, from where she gratuated in 1986.

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