Brazilian jazz at its most exhilarating: Sabrina Malheiros has come up with a shimmering cluster of Nu Bossa pearls - each original composition providing a perfect vehicle for the funky Rio jazz-samba that pervades the album. The production is flawless and generous - an expertly-crafted capoeira of guitars, horns, flutes, Alex Malheiros bass and multi-instrumental percussion. Yes, the pulsating grooves are infectious - but the knockout blow comes with Sabrina's blissful melodies, effortlessly sung with a blend of Brazilian insouciance, energy and feeling.
Sabrina Starke is a soul-jazz singer/songwriter based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, who made her full-length debut in 2008 with the Top Ten hit album Yellow Brick Road. Born on August 9, 1979, in Paramaribo, the capital city of Suriname, a small Dutch-speaking country of 500,000 people in northern South America, she made her recording debut in 2008 with the single "Do for Love" on the Star-K label. Co-written by Starke and produced by Beat Royalty (the Dutch production team of Chris Kooreman and Edo Plasschaert), "Do for Love" eventually rose to Top Ten success in the Netherlands and garnered the attention of EMI, which signed the singer/songwriter to a major-label recording contract with its famed Blue Note Records division.