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by Alissa Sanders

A delectable fusion of classic jazz standards, bossa nova and samba. Sultry and emotion-filled vocals in English and Portuguese blend with sophisticated jazz styling, Brazilian flavor and rhythm to create an album that you can't stop listening to!
Genre: Jazz: Bossa Nova
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Estrada do Sol
4:51 $1.29
2. Tenderly
5:00 $1.29
3. Dindi
5:21 $1.29
4. Heaven Sound
4:02 $0.99
5. Prelude to a Kiss
5:20 $1.29
6. Rosa Morena
4:21 $1.29
7. Dunas
4:12 $0.99
8. Come Rain or Come Shine
2:47 $1.29
9. Lonesome Day
4:13 $0.99
10. My Funny Valentine
5:53 $1.29
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Album Notes
Alluring songstress Alissa Sanders ties worlds together with her eclectic, multilingual mix of jazz, samba, and bossa nova, linking two countries with profound, prolific musical traditions: Brazil and the United States. Born in Hollywood, California, Alissa took some of that hometown glamour with her to Brazil, where she lived for 13 years, studying music under mentors such as Neto Costa (vocal coach to Gilberto Gil and Ivete Sangalo), honing her vocal skills and perfecting the fusion of Brazilian rhythms with their American cousins like jazz and roots blues. Through a soft, intimate, enchanting sound that traverses borders, Alissa embodies the magical, musical place where culture, art, tradition, and spirit come together.
Currently splitting her time between São Paulo and Los Angeles, Alissa considers Brazil to be her spiritual home, especially the country's musically-rich Northeast. It was also in Brazil where she recorded her first album, Beginning, in 2011, with jazz and Brazilian standards in English and Portuguese. SESC Theatre appearances, presentations at events in São Paulo and Santa Catarina compliment her live performances at Barreto, famed piano bar at São Paulo's luxurious Fasano Hotel, where she has sung for Coldplay's Chris Martin and socialite Paris Hilton.
With a voice reminiscent of a young Ella Fitzgerald and a cosmopolitan look and style all her own, Alissa has been featured on Brazil's Rede Globo television network—the world's fourth-largest—and has recorded in India with electro-ambient musicians Espiritualistas and in Los Angeles with pianist Ron Bishop. In 2012, she will be touring the tropical-jazz flavored "Beginning" in the United States with her band, an international group of top Brazilian jazz musicians: Michelangelo Pagnano (guitar), Marcos Romera (piano), Sidiel Viera (bass) and Rodrigo Digão Braz (drums/percussion).



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Gordon D. Mahon (Lyricist and author of "Thoughts From the Sea o

What a wonderful Beginning!
It is a warm Sunday morning, the birds are chirping, the foliage is moist from the dew, and there is a palpable peace in the air.  This could be a scene from your last vacation, or a reality that you experience because you are listening to Alissa Sanders' debut CD 'Beginning'.  Alissa Sanders is a talented and masterful jazz vocalist based out of L.A.  She lived in Brazil for over a decade.  While there she incubated in the great musical culture of Brazil, training with vocal master Neto Costa (vocal coach to legendary Gilberto Gil).  And the results show in the Portuguese tracks, 'Estrada do Sol', 'Dindi', 'Rosa Morena' and 'Dunas'. The ease which Sanders sings these songs, it is very easy to forget she is not a native Brazilian.  

'Beginning' is divided between Portuguese and English jazz tracks.  Sanders sings with a sweet, beautiful voice that is as smooth as silk.  She carries a song effortlessly in both languages.
‘Heaven Sound’, penned by Alissa, is a well crafted piece of transcendent, and yet romantic lyrics.  It makes you want to go to another place, and if you allow it, the song will take you there. ‘Dindi’ is a bilingual delight for the senses, beautifully shifting between Portuguese and English.  Sanders' voice wraps you up like a warm blanket. The depth of her range is on display in the jazz standards ‘Prelude to a Kiss’, ‘Come Rain or Come Shine’ and ‘My Funny Valentine’. The arrangements are excellent and not overpowering, leaving Sanders’ voice front and center, where it belongs.

The birds are chirping again as they rise above the foilage, the CD has finished playing, but the sounds still resonate in your head.

What a wonderful Beginning!