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Minha Casa / My House

by Carol Bach-y-Rita

A stunning blend of straight - ahead jazz, bebop and Brazilian music.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Morning Coffee
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2. You'd Be so Nice to Come Home To
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3. A Night in Tunisia
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4. 'Tis Autumn
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5. The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines
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6. Nature Boy
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7. Trust
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8. Pra Quem Quiser Me Visitar
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9. Gardening with No Pants
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10. Love Look Away
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11. While My Lady Sleeps
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Listening to vocalist CAROL BACH-Y-RITA sing, it comes as no surprise that she’s also a dancer. Her singing has a supple fluidity that suggests a body in motion. On her newest CD, MINHA CASA / my house, she performs re-imagined standards and original songs that celebrate both well- and lesser-known Brazilian rhythms.

Bach-y-Rita’s band features stellar musicians who are leaders in their own right, including LARRY KOONSE on guitar, BILL CANTOS on piano, JOHN LEFTWICH on bass, and MIKE SHAPIRO on drums and percussion. They are joined on one track by Brazilian percussion master DUDU FUENTES. According to Bach-y-Rita, “I wanted to work with musicians who really know how to play both straight-ahead jazz and Brazilian music. There are a lot of great musicians who can play one or the other, but I’m lucky to work with bandmates who can soar in both styles.”

Bach-y-Rita is a jazz singer with a broad international outlook. She is conversant in five languages, including English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Brazilian Portuguese, and has lived in several countries including France, Italy, Mexico and Spain. Her father was Paul Bach-y-Rita, a well-known American neuroscientist whose family originally came from Catalonia where children are given two names: their father’s patronymic and their mother’s maiden name (i.e. Bach and Rita.) But it was her mother, an artist and Feldenkrais practitioner, who instilled in her a love of jazz and dance that has been tightly woven in the fabric of her life.

With its rich music and dance history that contains elements of African, Portuguese and other European influences, Bach-y-Rita was ineluctably drawn to Brazilian rhythms. A versatile artist, she’s also adept at arranging and composing. Bach-y-Rita teamed up with bassist John Leftwich to arrange “A Night in Tunisia” with Brazilian rhythms, singing lyrics by one of her idols, Eddie Jefferson, and she turned the Joni Mitchell/Charles Mingus tune “The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines” into a samba reggae, which is a rhythm that originated in Bahia and was derived as a blend of Brazilian samba with Jamaican reggae. Bach-y-Rita asked the respected Los Angeles guitarist Larry Koonse to arrange “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” (Cole Porter) with an Afro-Peruvian feel by singing the 6/8 bell patterns for him. Koonse also did a straight-ahead arrangement featuring the guitar trio on the lovely standard “Tis Autumn,” as well as a version of “Pra Quem Quiser Me Visitar” by Guinga for voice guitar and bass.

Bach-y-Rita isn’t afraid to take chances with her music as she demonstrates on the tune “Gardening with No Pants,” a duet she wrote that features just vocals and percussion accompaniment by Dudu Fuentes, one of Rio de Janeiro’s foremost percussionists. Dudu had a small break on his US tour and flew out one afternoon just to record this song with Bach-y-Rita. “Trust” was written by Bach-y-Rita and drummer Mike Shapiro. Bach-y-Rita was inspired to write the tune after attending a drum workshop. The song is composed around the maracatu rhythm from the North East region of Brazil. Although traditional maracatus are performed by a group of 80-100 drummers, a chorus, and a coterie of dancers, Bach-y-Rita and the band create an intimate version of the music while still capturing its exotic essence. “Nature Boy” is another tune that features a voice/percussion duet, this time, with Mike Shapiro on drums. According to Bach-y-Rita, “I love having at least one completely improvised tune on every project. We hadn’t discussed our approach at all before starting. We just listened closely to one another and took it somewhere new!”

Three additional tunes feature the wonderful Bill Cantos on piano: a duet of the rarely recorded “While My Lady Sleeps” (Bronislaw Kaper,) a spirited samba arrangement of the Cantos composition “Morning Coffee,” and the Rogers and Hammerstein composition “Love Look Away” rearranged modally by Cantos from major to minor.
MINHA CASA / my house is a paean to the heart and soul of Brazilian rhythms and the American Songbook. An inventive artist with a smooth, warm voice and sure command of exotic cadences, Bach-y-Rita raises the bar for other singers inspired by Brazilian music and American Jazz.

MINHA CASA / MY HOUSE Liner notes:

Love and thanks to the wonderful musicians who made this possible – Larry Koonse, Bill Cantos, John Leftwich and Mike Shapiro - who wrote, arranged, invested of themselves, broke bread and made magic. I love you guys! Much love also to Dudu Fuentes, my duet partner on “Gardening.”

More virtual hugs to Eileen and Jacqueline
Bach-y-Rita, Nicky & Leora, the Chocolate Sisterhood, Guinga, Greg Berman, Asa Mahtat, Judy Wexler, Robert Kyle, Rich and Dennis from CBC, Ninhino de Olinda, Amy Cadle, Ali Lexa, Mark Rappaport, and Edgar Pablos. Thank you also to Jorge Alabê for embracing my wild ideas fusioning his world and mine: Oxóssi + Dizzy Gillespie ringing through the redwood forest! And to all the friends who lent their ears, talents, and support, obrigada!

Big love to my crowd fund family & PledgeMusic – every pledge gave me the heart to samba on! Thank you EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Eileen Bach-y-Rita and Jacqueline Bach-y-Rita, and
LINER NOTE SUPPORTERS: The Adams Family, Nina, Kip, Isa Smashey Rogers, Errol Lewis, Steve Hurowitz, Peter Berger, Ray and Barbara Smith, Christopher and Mary Louise Muller, Sirabhorn (Ti) Muntarbhorn, Marsha Graham Bartenetti, Gibson Chidel, Margreth and Ken, Gordon Sheldall, Sharon Smith Holley, Luis Avila, California Brazil Camp, Camille Cellucci, Jacquie Barnbrook, and Esther Morgenstern (pledged lovingly in her memory.) Shout out as well to Leila - present (and wagging) at every session.
Generous souls all! I couldn’t have done it without you.

1. MORNING COFFEE
Bill Cantos, Jam Bar Music DBA GIC Productions
Arranged by Bill Cantos

A lively samba, ending with voice and percussion

2. YOU’D BE SO NICE TO
COME HOME TO
Cole Porter, Chappell & Co
Arranged by Larry Koonse

Guitar Trio with a 6/8 feel

3. A NIGHT IN TUNISIA
John “Dizzy” Gillespie,
Frank Paparelli, Eddie Jefferson
Universal-MCA Music Publishing Div.
of Universal Music Corp
Arranged by John Leftwich &
Carol Bach-y-Rita

I adore Eddie Jefferson! And Dizzy Gillespie!
We took them both to Brazil…

4. ‘TIS AUTUMN
Henry Nemo, Indano Music Company
Arranged by Larry Koonse

Guitar Trio, straight ahead


5. THE DRY CLEANER FROM
DES MOINES
Joni Mitchell, Charles Mingus
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC OBO Crazy Crow
Music, Jazz Workshop Inc
Arranged by Carol Bach-y-Rita & Robert Kyle

A Samba Reggae. Joni, Mingus & Bahia…
a happy combination!

6. NATURE BOY
Eden Ahbez, Geraldine E. Janowiak
DBA Golden World
Arranged by Carol Bach-y-Rita and Mike Shapiro

Voice / Drum duet, improvised.


7. TRUST
Carol Bach-y-Rita and Mike Shapiro
Jazz Bliss© Music ASCAP,
Cats and Dogs Music ASCAP
Arranged by Carol Bach-y-Rita, & Mike Shapiro

Based on a Maracatu rhythm.

8. PRA QUEM QUISER ME VISITAR
Guinga / Aldir Blanc,
Rights courtesy of composers.
Arranged by Larry Koonse

Voice / Guitar / Bass
Jobim in the heavens, playing piano and inviting friends to visit.

9. GARDENING WITH NO PANTS
Carol Bach-y-Rita,
Jazz Bliss© Music, ASCAP
Arranged by Carol Bach-y-Rita & Dudu Fuentes

Voice / Percussion duet.
A tiny break in Dudu’s tour allowed us to record this one afternoon
on the fly!


10. LOVE LOOK AWAY
Richard Rodgers, Oscar II Hammerstein Williamson Music CO.-A Div. of Rodgers
And Hammerstein
Arranged by Bill Cantos

From the film Flower Drum Song,
rearranged modally (major to minor.)

11. WHILE MY LADY SLEEPS
Bronislaw Kaper / Gus Kahn
EMI Feist Catalog Inc

Piano / Voice duet
A moment in the studio…. And a beautiful bookend to this recording.

1. MORNING COFFEE 4:06
2. YOU’D BE SO NICE TO COME HOME TO 3:57
3. A NIGHT IN TUNISIA 3:53
4. T’IS AUTUMN 4:51
5. THE DRY CLEANER FROM DES MOINES 3:08
6. NATURE BOY 3:54
7. TRUST 4:43
8. PRA QUEM QUISER ME VISITAR 4:23
9. GARDENING WITH NO PANTS 3:29
10. LOVE LOOK AWAY 5:10
11. WHILE MY LADY SLEEPS 2:37
Total Running Time 44:11

MUSICIANS:
Piano BILL CANTOS
Guitar LARRY KOONSE
Bass JOHN LEFTWICH
Drums and Percussion MIKE SHAPIRO
Percussion (track 9) DUDU FUENTES

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Produced by Carol Bach-y-Rita
Recorded by Andy Waterman at Umbrella Media Studio
Mixing and additional recording by Carlos Y. Del Rosario at Visual Rhythm
Mastered by Robert Hadley
Additional engineering (editing, recording, and/or mixing) by
Talley Sherwood at Tritone Recording and Jamieson Trotter at The Recording Kitchen
“Gardening With No Pants” was recorded by Nolan Shaheed at No-Sound Studio
Design by S&B Design sargentberman.com
Photography by Asa Mahtat
All songs used by permission
carolbach-y-rita.com
© & ℗ 2016 Arugula records. All rights reserved.
Unauthorized reproduction of this recording prohibited by federal law



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Josh Allen

Beautiful
Beautiful, colorful, soulful - Ms. Bach-y-Rita and her band go deep on classics and great original songs. Her best album yet.
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Minha Casa / My House by Carol Bach-y-Rita -- reviewed by Lynn

Ah....So Lovely!
Carol’s sexy, supple vocals lure you into her warm bath of jazz. I particularly enjoyed, “Gardening With No Pants,” her playful take on love gone to fertilizer. And Carol’s backed by a tight ensemble, completely in sync with her every scat and purr. No wonder this CD made the list for a Grammy nod!
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