Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Vocal CD of the Month - "Sabrina Malheiros: Dreaming"

Vocal CD of the Month
Sabrina Malheiros: "Dreaming" (Far Out FARO 161)

Produced, Engineered & Arranged by Daniel "Venom" Maunick for Viper Squad Productions
Co-Produced & Arranged by Sabrina Malheiros
Project Coordination: Alex Malheiros
Executive Producer: Joe Davis
Art Direction & Design: Tyler Askew

Featuring: Sabrina Malheiros (vocals, acoustic guitar), Alex Malheiros (electric bass, electric guitar & Fender Rhodes), Daniel Maunick (synths, scratching & programming), Alfredo Cardim (piano & Fender Rhodes), Flavio Santos (drums), Armando Marçal aka Marçalzinho (percussion), Robertinho Silva (percussion), Renato Franco (flutes), Jessé Sadoc (trumpet), Gilmar Ferreira (trombone), Marcelo Martins (sax & flute), Livia Malheiros, Joe Davis & Henrique Vilhena (backing vocals).

The fourth solo album (counting three studio sessions and a remix project) by the London-based/Niteroi-born nu-bossa star Sabrina Malheiros (the talented daughter of Azymuth's bassist and founding member Alex Malheiros) is a delightful trip through the galaxies of nu-jazz, electronic soul music, r&b, acid bossa and samba grooves. A flawless magical journey guided by Sabrina's creamy, soulful & sultry vocals.

The album starts well with "Bobeira" and keeps growing track by track, reaching its climax on the wonderful "Segredo" -- co-penned by Alex, Sabrina and her husband Daniel Maunick, son of Jean-Paul Bluey Maunick, the Incognito boss --, followed by my other personal favorite moments: an amazing version of Skip Scarborough's 1975 hit for Earth Wind & Fire "Can't Hide Love" (the only track sung in English!), the funkyfied "Primeira" and the glorious samba "Tem Dendê," that sounds better than any other samba recorded in the last decade and includes Sabrina's mother, Livia Malheiros, on the backing vocals. Pure pleasure.

PS: another Sabrina album, "Clareia," is coming out right now in Europe.

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