Atlas

A 13 track jazz piano album (59m 1s) — released October 9th 2006 on Freestyle Records
Jazzinho's globally renowned self titled debut album, released in 2004, enlisted the skills of musicians like Da Lata's Chris Franck and it reflected Guida’s passion for the music of Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan alongside Brazilians like Joyce, Gilberto Gil and Azymuth. Jazz maintains a powerful role at the core of Jazzinho’s sound and the influence singers like Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone meshes with the indomitable spirit of “New Thing†instrumentalists like McCoy Tyner and Archie Shepp. Produced by Brazillian funk/jazz legend Ed Motta Atlas features jazz funk legends Hamish Stuart (Average White Band), Max Middleton and Harry Beckett alongside modern players Anselmo Netto (Gilberto Gil) and Eduardo Marques. Includes exclusive Nicola Conte Rework of “Da Tempo Ao Tempoâ€.

The footie’s back in full swing and the World Cup is a distant memory. England were crap and the vaunted boys from Brazil didn’t deliver, but I’m pleased to say that their musos still can. Jazzinho (not be confused with that great winger) are one of Brazil’s top groups and in De Palma they have a feisty vocalist who proves that all Brazilians don’t sound fey and wispy. Top man Ed Motta’s in the producer’s seat and he brings some classy jazz and soul sensitivities to this new 12 tracker, though in places (like the catchy “The Lagoon Monster”) I’m reminded of Steely Dan. Every cut has something to offer but I found myself going back to “Cancao De Embalar” and “Humano Desumano” time after time. Indeed I was known to skip with gay abandon to that last one, but we won’t tell everyone! It matters not one jot that we can’t understand too much of what they’re singing about – it just sounds so joyous… and it’s a reminder of what might have been this summer. - Blues and Soul

London based outfit Jazzinho, fronted by Portuguese singer/songwriter Guida De Palma come with their second album. Their self titled debut released in 2004 combined the musical skills of some key players on London’s Latin fusion scene with an understanding of club culture. Its mix of bossa, jazz, samba and upfront beats ensured that it found its way into the boxes of Nicola Conte, Rainer Truby, Patrick Forge, Nik Weston and other key DJs across the globe. So 2006 brings ‘Atlas’, twelve tracks of contemporary Brazilian beats produced by top Brazilian producer and musician Ed Motta. In tracks like ‘The Lagoon Monster’, ‘Humano Desumano’ and ‘Symetrie’ you can hear echoes of Chaka Khan and Stevie Wonder blend with Joyce, Gilberto Gil and Azymuth. More importantly Ed Motta provides the perfect mix for Guida’s stunning voice to shine. In years to come when you want a momento of the glorious Summer of 2006 check ‘Atlas’. - Straight No Chaser

Jazzinho's leading lady Guida De Palma and her band are put through their paces here by Brazilian food and music connoisseur Ed Motta. From lounging jazzcentricities to super groovacious material with more than a nod towards the dancefloor, Jazzinho and Motta have produced some rather lovely material together. "Da Tempo ao Tempo" sees effortless vocals coat electrifying keys and solemn percussion. Thrilling brass, flying forward vocals and golden strings come together on "Humano, Desumano". Brazil meets the UK (and technically Portugal) on this piece of collaborative work and results are sparkling! - Mo Soul.com

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