The New Bossa Nova

The New Bossa Nova

by Luciana Souza


Known for her interpretations of poetry and a classical vocal technique, Brazilian singer Luciana Souza makes her most overt bid for mainstream recognition with this collection of jazzy takes on the works of latter day pop stars. Starting with a supple rendition of Joni Mitchell's "Down to You" and continuing through songs by Sting, Steely Dan, Randy Newman, and James Taylor, among others, Souza never opts for the easy base-hit. Duetting with Taylor himself on "Never Die Young," she recasts the melody into something ineffably Brazilian (Souza sings in unaccented English) and unrecognizable. Even on the most popular bossa in the world (next to "The Girl from Ipanema"), "Waters of March," Souza uncovers something new in her phrasing, even if it's just the wonder of the lyrics in English ("a truckload of bricks / In the morning sun"). Backed by a simpatico band anchored by guitarist Romero Lubambo and featuring vibist Matt Moran, Souza's most commercial outing may be calculating, but so is everything she does. A singer this intelligent is a rare find indeed.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/21/2007
Label: Verve
UPC: 0600753008737
catalogNumber: 000945602

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Luciana Souza   Primary Artist,Vocals
Romero Lubambo   Guitar,Cavaquinho
Antonio Sanchez   Percussion,Drums
Edward Simon   Piano,Pump Organ
Matt Moran   Vibes
James D. Taylor   Vocals

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Composer
Donald Fagen   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Randy Newman   Composer
Brian Wilson   Composer
Walter Becker   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Larry Klein   Composer,Producer
Daniel Richard   Executive Producer
Elliott Smith   Composer
Helix Hadar   Engineer
Luciana Souza   Composer
Sharon Robinson   Composer

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The New Bossa Nova 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Art-historian More than 1 year ago
I love all her recordings, regardless of language. Some of the tracks on this one are less exciting than others, but the last one stays in my head for hours.