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Tudo Azul

by Susan Pereira and Sabor Brasil

Brazilian Jazz--Fresh arrangements of Brazilian and American classics, as well as original compositions, performed by vocalist/multiinstrumentalist Susan Pereira and her group, Sabor Brasil.Special guests Claudio Roditi, Romero Lubambo & Hendrik Meurkens.
Genre: Latin: Brazilian Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. West End P.A.
4:32 $0.99
2. O Morro Nao Tem Vez
5:51 $0.99
3. Feitio de Oração
6:00 $0.99
4. Baião da Chuva
6:19 $0.99
5. Nada Será Como Antes
5:51 $0.99
6. Tudo Azul
6:42 $0.99
7. Maracakim
7:28 $0.99
8. Our Day Will Come
6:45 $0.99
9. Ascensão
4:59 $0.99
10. Na Baixa do Sapateiro
11:51 $0.99
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Album Notes
The CD liner notes by ALFREDO CRUZ are below:

TUDO AZUL -- Beautiful Hues of Brazilian Jazz

In an age when mediocrity is often rewarded and glorified – in a time when the use of gimmicks is promoted as talent, it’s reassuring to hear pure, clean, clear, distinct, soulful, and beautiful music made by real, gifted musicians. Tudo Azul is a pristine Brazilian addition to the world of jazz.

Music is about moving our soul. I’m convinced that’s the way we all measure the things we love, whether it’s food, friends or music. The more things move us, the more we love them. Tudo Azul, by Susan Pereira and Sabor Brasil, is a stellar collection of soul-felt performances, beautiful compositions, great arrangements and inspired playing that is sure to move you deeply. There’s an unrelenting swing that takes hold at the beginning of "West End P.A.", meanders through various other styles and doesn’t let go until the last note of "Na Baixa do Sapateiro".

Susan Pereira brings a sense of care and sensitivity to each selection. Whether it’s one of her five compositions or any of the other five classics included here, the emphasis is always on the music – and the music alone. There’s no one individual or instrument favored over another, instead, a fusion of collective talent is highlighted throughout the recording. Susan takes full creative advantage of each of the fabulous musicians to express her unique musical vision. While some of the tunes may be well-known, Pereira takes possession of each and makes them completely her own – a sign of a highly evolved musician and bandleader, one who respects the music enough to not impose vanity on it. This should come as no surprise as Susan, besides being a superb vocalist, is also an accomplished pianist, percussionist, composer and arranger. She arranged all ten selections on this recording.

The contributions of special musical guests, trumpeter Claudio Roditi, guitarist Romero Lubambo and harmonica master Hendrik Meurkens, are beautiful additions that make this recording more special. The other excellent musicians who contributed to these sessions should also be noted. Anchoring the band is Susan’s husband and partner, drummer/percussionist Vanderlei Pereira – just as capable of propelling the ensemble with his relentless polyrhythmic drive, as he is of gently soothing life into the softest samba. Dario Eskenazi contributes some smoking piano on several tracks, and trombonist Luis Bonilla is given ample opportunity to shine as well. Just as impressive is the rest of the band: Mark Lambert on electric guitar adds an urgent contemporary edge. Bassists Kip Reed, Leo Traversa, and Itaiguara fill out the foundations of the various styles, and the wonderful Laura Dreyer is everywhere on woodwinds.

It’s easy to hear the love that went into making this recording. Susan Pereira and Sabor Brasil’s Tudo Azul is not just a taste of Brazilian jazz; it’s an aural piece of Susan’s heart, a gorgeous record from beginning to end. It would be inaccurate to call such an inclusive musical statement a “singer’s record.” However, Susan Pereira’s voice is as beautiful and soulful as it is pure and confident. To say any more would be ineffective – any less, an injustice.

— Alfredo Cruz
March 2006

Alfredo Cruz is a preeminent radio producer and a long-time friend of jazz. His career has led him to positions at NPR, KLON/KJJZ-FM, and WBGO-FM, where he created the celebrated “Latin Jazz Cruise”.



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Indaia Santos-Keith

One of the best Brazilian CDs in my collection. I love it! Sweet, well done, great arrangements, gooooooood band, great voice. Thanks Susan for representing our country, Brazil, with excelence.

Vinicius da Matta

Muito, muito bom, parabéns vcs merecem!!!!!! fantástico album, som refinado, o melhor que já escutei.....beijos e abraços, Rio de janeiro - Brasil, e muito sucesso.

shoshana diaz

elegant, intelligent, spellbinding!!!
Expertly rendered, these musical selections in a variety of styles comprise an elegent, intelligent, altogether spellbinding album! Thank you for this.

Laurie Blumberg Schwartz

totaly amazing!
Totally awesome! How wonderful you sound .Clear, crisp, sexy and romantic! I love to be able to say"I knew you when"
Keep up the terrific uplifting singing and music.

Val Waterman

Fantastic, smooth and lush Brazilian splendor!
Love this album. Susan's voice is glorious, and her love for the music is clear as a bell. All of the musicians meld in a beautiful contribution to this wonderful album. What a pleasure to hear over and over again.

Brava! Can't wait for the next album, Ms. Pereira/Sabor Brasil!

Ellis Weiner

Gorgeous, Sexy, and Terrific
No kidding. You follow Susan Pereira's voice as you would a hummingbird or butterfly--rising, pausing, moving, coming back, etc. Vanderlei's drumming offers a master class in the use of cymbals. The other players are great as well. "Our Day Will Come" is an inspired choice and SP's arrangement does it more than justice. Do not hesitate to get this if you have any love or even just interest in Brazilian music.

Kees Schoof

Brilliant album!
This is most certainly one of the nicest surprises of 2006 for me. What a fantastic cd! The mix between Jazz and Brazilian Music is extraodinary! And what can I say about the outstanding musicians? Brilliant and they're so dedicated to the music they perform. It gives it all an extra qualitity!

Bea Greenapple

Brilliant, awe-inspiring, mezmerizing
Brilliant arrangements, awe-inspiring talent, mezmerizing sound

Beth Greenapple

Wonderfully diverse, inspiring, and accessible!
I love this album for its variety of styles, sounds, rhythms, and meanings. Susan's vocal range is fantastic, her command of the piano astonishing. Vanderlei's percussion subtly supports the music on some tracks and stands out on others, as appropriate to the different styles. The band and the back-up voices add texture, color, and verve to everything. What a joyous experience it is to listen to this over and over! Thank you, Sabor Brasil for your glorious music!