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Quero Saber

by Carla Hassett

Carla Hassett merges Brazilian rhythms (bossa nova, baião, samba) and American pop with featured artists Mike Patton, Jerry Goodman, and more.
Genre: Latin: MPB
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  Song Share Time Download
1. What I'm Living For (Seu Amor)
3:22 $0.99
2. Quero Saber (ft. Jerry Goodman)
4:35 $0.99
3. Julia (ft. Mike Patton)
3:41 $0.99
4. Over You
3:32 $0.99
5. Three Kings
4:55 $0.99
6. Love Is Everything
3:45 $0.99
7. Novo Jeito
4:20 $0.99
8. Not Real Love
4:02 $0.99
9. Mulato Casado
2:16 $0.99
10. I'm So Sorry
3:17 $0.99
11. Abusou
3:08 $0.99
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Album Notes
With an impressive group of friends in tow, including Mike Patton (Faith No More, Peeping Tom), Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Ruper Hine, Carmine Rojas, Kátia Moraes, and more, Carla Hassett gets set to release her anticipated sophomore effort where she dives deeper into her Brazilian roots, exploring bossa nova and beyond into the rhythms of Bahia as the foundation for her hooky latin pop.

Carla's self-produced music has been compared to Bebel Gilberto as well as Beck, but her gifted voice demonstrates a vocal passion more along the lines of a young Aretha Franklin with hints of Diana Krall, and Sade.

Carla has toured and/or recorded with popular acts Billy Idol, Gino Vannelli, Michael Bublé, REO Speedwagon, Jon Anderson, Christopher Cross, as well as Latin legends Sergio Mendez, Mexico's Christian Castro, and Brazil's Marcelo Augusto. Carla is also the featured vocalist in the Robert Towne (Chinatown) major motion picture Ask The Dust, and lends her voice in Portuguese to the Disney feature Kronk's New Groove.

Carla has just completed a stellar music video for the popular song Not Real Love (which can be viewed at She currently lives in Los Angeles where she records and teaches voice and piano at Flea's (Red Hot Chili Peppers) Silverlake Conservatory of Music.


Carla Hassett has created a beautiful CD. Partly sung in Portuguese, the South American rhythms along with Carla's expressive voice make this a CD that transcends language. Her cover of the Beatles "Julia" is just gorgeous. --The Promise

Born in Brazil, raised in the U.S. and now based in Los Angeles, Carla Hassett has sung background for acts ranging from Sergio Mendez to REO Speedwagon. An ear for hooks is apparent on her first full-length album, which features 11 breezy, Brazilian-flavored tracks sung in English and Portuguese. With touches of samba, bossa, Bahia as well as a lot of straight-ahead pop, this disc sounds custom-designed to play in your local coffeehouse on a summer afternoon. Hassett, who also plays guitar and programs some of the beats, has a smoky voice and eclectic taste in songs: Mike Patton guests on a bossa-fied and bilingual take on the Beatles “Julia”; “Mulato Casado” and “Abusou” are energetic bursts of samba; and the choruses of “Over You” and “Not Real love” sound ripped from the Christina Aguilera songbook. While casting a wide net, Hassett manages to synthesize it all into a fun, lightweight, sunny album. --Global Rhythm Magazine

Lush instrumentation, catchy vocal hooks and contemporary rhythms are the qualities that bind this diverse album and separate it from the multitudes of contemporary music that foray into Brazilian jazz. Gorgeous chants in English and Portuguese are arranged with acoustic guitar and electronic beats and samples, creating a refreshing, funky palate of loungy classics, original material and creative, beat-heavy covers. If you enjoy Bebel Gilberto in doses but yearn for the musical moxie of alternative artists, Carla Hassett might just be your favorite find of this year. — World Pulse Magazine

Although Carla Hasset's new album Quero Saber emphasizes her Brazilian roots, this bilingual recording will also be enjoyed by the American audience. With beautiful English and Portuguese chants, accompanied by acoustic guitar and blended with computer samples and beats, Carla Hassett offers a diverse album from beginning to end. Each song shows a different emotion and tone, constantly changing how the listener wants to interpret Hasset's music. On songs, such as the opening track "What I'm Living For (Seu Amor)," joy and celebration are obvious, while the title track expresses mystery and confusion augmented by a breath-taking solo from renowned electric- violinist Jerry Goodman. The listener is rewarded by even more guest appearances, including the vocal talents of Mike Patton (Faith No More, Peeping Tom) on the relaxed "Julia." --The Rockit Newspaper

CARLA HASSETT/Quero Saber: LA gal by way of Brazil is as eclectic in her music and outlook as you could ever expect. With guest diverse as Jerry Goodman and Mike Patton lending a hand, this do it all performer let’s her jazzy, Brazilian roots show proudly, but there more to her than that. An MVP player in LA musical affairs seemingly no matter what the genre or mode, when she focuses the beam on herself, you get quite a show. Bringing a lot of depth to the fore, this is a top notch effort that’s a pure musical treat from start to finish. Certainly if Babel Gilberto has turned your head, Hassett will continue to set you swiveling. –Midwest Record 2-19-07

"I'm impressed with songwriters who can write in multiple languages and still manage to keep their music authentic, and Carla Hassett achieves that on her sophomore effort Quero Saber, which is in both English and Portuguese. Like always, it's a daring move to cover a Beatles song, though Hassett pulls it off with grace on "Julia" in which Mike Patton joins her on vocals for her bi-lingual version of the song. Though most of the album's tracks are very loungy and classically styled, standout tracks are the more upbeat contemporaries. "Over You" features seductive sounding raps by Liquid Delvin Deluxe which add emphasis Hassett's choruses repeating "All I want is to fade into the night with you my baby." "Abusou" closes the album and starts off with a slow intro, and breaks into a poppy-dancehallish rhythm, which is an unexpected delight. Carla Hassett will no doubt gain well-deserved attention with Quero Saber." _Reviewer: Elisa Padilla, URB Magazine

"Just stunning!" Nette Radio CD Preview



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Joe Ross

Very expressive and rhythmically enticing ... Obrigado!
Playing Time – 40:53 -- I’ll start this review with a Portuguese word for Carla Hassett. The word is “Obrigado!” which means “Thank you!” Her well-executed music is something we should all be grateful for. Carla’s second album, “Quero Saber,” is highly original with the exception of an innovative cover arrangement of Lennon and McCartney’s “Julia” that is given a personal touch with bossa nova rhythm and original Portuguese lyrics. Besides her resonant and sensuous vocalizing, the project has Mike Patton singing a breathy duet in “Julia,” and Liquid Delvin Delux rapping in the mix of “Over You.” Expressive and rhythmically enticing, Carla can be breezily romantic in one song and soulfully flamboyant the next.

As an instrumentalist, Hassett provides nylon-strung guitar, keys, percussion, synthesizer and programming. Her alluring and worldy approach to techno-pop has the qualities of power, confidence, raw energy, and brash attitude. Recorded in Hollywood, L.A. and Chicago, “Quero Saber” enlisted the support of some mighty fine accompanists -- Enzo Todesco, Tony Shogren, Katia Moraes, Carmine Rojas, Ben Lewis, Bob Lizik, and others. Each piece was obviously given much thoughtful consideration towards arrangement to make the set a fluid, buoyant, rewarding journey from start to finish. There’s a beautifully reflective moment when Sarah O’Brien’s understated cello embellishes “Three Kings,” and Julie Koidin’s flute solo in “Mulato Casado” creates a breezy and lighthearted cheerfulness. The compelling title cut has a lyrical electric violin solo courtesy of Jerry Goodman that supercharges the tune.

While some tracks contain Felipe Fraga’s Brazilian percussion instruments like the pandeiro and surdo, a couple others set a totally different mood with DJ Bob Necksnapp’s scratch. Towards the end of the set, I was particularly fond of Carla’s decision to include Ted Falcon’s or Kleber Jorge’s cavaquinho (a small instrument with four strings) into the music. It gave me a warm feeling that she is creating innovative, full-bodied contemporary sounds but that she hasn’t lost sight of the popular, joyous and lively character of traditional music instruments and their utility too. “Mulato Casado” begins with the spare setting of a retro minute recreating a scratched LP before the song’s genesis into a lively dance with more modern sensibilties. At first and before listening, I was prepared for this CD to be over-produced to a point of inaccessibility with too much electronic gadgetry and techo-arrangement. I was very pleasantly appreciative to discover Carla’s charisma, intricate arrangements, interesting dynamics, and lively numbers that put spirit into your feet. (Joe Ross, Roseburg, OR.)