The awarded Quarteto Em Cy is the most important female vocal quartet currently in Brazil. The group, originally formed by four sisters, began its career around 1963 and was discovered by the fundamental poet Vinícius de Moraes. With several changes in its formation throughout the years, this release was recorded with the latest, formed by the three original members Cyva, Cybele, and Cynara, together with Soninha. It's a tardy tribute to Vinícius, entirely dedicated to his songs. The group's excellent vocal performances are enhanced by welcomed special appearances: Vinícius himself, Tom Jobim, Chico Buarque, Toquinho, and Célia Vaz. The vocal arrangements were signed by an expressive team: Luiz Eça, Oscar Castro-Neves, Célia Vaz, Luiz Cláudio Ramos, and Cynara.
Recorded live in Brazil in 1990 and not released in the U.S. until now, "Tom Canta Vinicius" (translate "Tom Sings Vinicius") is Tom Jobim's tribute to his songwriting partner Vincinius de Moraes. While de Moraes was not nearly as famous as Mr. Jobim, his standing as a bossa nova original is secure, having helped pen several of the best-loved songs of that genre. Many of those were performed in this concert, including my favorite bossa tune, "Insensatez," one of the most beautiful songs of all time. Jobim was accompanied by his son Paulo, Danilo Caymmi and the Morelenbaums. In fact, Paula Morelenbaum sung most of the lead vocals - and did a magnificent job. Tom sang a few numbers alone or in duet with Paula, in his sometimes thin or fragile-sounding voice (but not really a problem, because you can feel his love for the songs). The sound quality for the recording is excellent - intimate and natural, like they're playing in your living room.
Vinicius de Moraes was the lyricist for many of Antonio Carlos Jobim's most durable melodies. This lovingly performed concert was recorded at Rio's Centro Cultural do Brasil with just a chamber-sized selection of players from Jobim's band of family and friends. A few well-known pieces are included - there is a very touching rendition of "Insensatez" that makes this often-played tune seem freshly minted - but most of the selections are among the less familiar fruits of the collaboration, along with a few songs that de Moraes wrote with Carlos Lyra and Toquinho. Some of de Moraes' own music is performed here as well, and selections like the stunning "Serenata do Adeus" prove that he, too, had a haunting way with a melody. Cushioned by the deep, soulful cello of Jaques Morelenbaum and by Danilo Caymmi's flute, with guitarist Paulo Jobim often the sole rhythmic component, Jobim's own rough, vulnerable voice and piano are offset by the clear, cool vocals of Paula Morelenbaum. Between numbers, Jobim offers his own running memoir in Portuguese, yet he could also flash his sense of humor - following de Moraes' "Canta ao Tom" with a parody co-written with Chico Buarque called "Canta do Tom" or playing a mischievous piano lick at the end of "The Girl From Ipanema." ~ Richard S. Ginell, All Music Guide
Compilation album released in Spain on the Brazilian singer Maria Creuza (Esplanada, 1944) one of the voices that has best reported the Brazilian popular music. During the 60s the presence of Maria in song festivals launched her career with the public, that came to prominence in the 70s from her collaboration with Brazilian musicians Vinicius de Moraes and Toquinho. This album features a collection of twelve of his most successful songs released between 1973 and 1976. Brazilian popular music with samba, bossa or slow rhythms.