Whatever it is that makes a listener fall in love with Brazilian music--the insouciance and elegance of an unobtrusive, yet driving beat, the romance that drips like honey from lips of a vocalist singing in Portuguese, or just the exotic sounds and rhythms from a tropical land--the listener will likewise fall in love with the music on the new CD by guitarist/singer/songwriter Marco Figueira, Brazilliance
Originally from Brazil, Figueira has been part of the New York City music scene since the late 1980’s. Brazilliance
is his debut recording for Blue Toucan Music. Of the twelve tunes (thirteen, if you count both a vocal and instrumental version of the same tune "Romance") five are originals by Figueira, whose writing is certainly influenced by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto. Figueira also brings to the fore his varied musical experiences with inclusion of rhythms and sounds of Brazil from outside of Rio and from neighboring countries outside of Brazil. In addition to his original compositions, Figueira also pays homage to Jobim with performances of his songs "Corcovado" and "Aguas de Marco." Likewise, Figueira also includes performances of music by Milton Nascimento, Tom Jobim, Joao Bosco, Roberto Menescal, Lenine and Rosa Passos.
Figueira’s singing voice also reveals the influence of Joao Gilberto. Figueira’s light, yet rich tenor voice is very akin to the singing that brought about the worldwide bossa nova craze in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. The standout guitar work of Paulo Andre Tavares, a superlatively tight rhythm section, guest appearances by jazz trumpeter Claudio Roditi, guitarist Hiram Bullock, saxophonist/flautist Oscar Feldman, Hendrik Meurkens on harmonica and string arrangements by Eumir Deodato make Brazilliance
a brilliant musically rewarding listening experience and wonderful pleasure to the ear. General listeners will enjoy the CD for its light and delicate sound. For fans of Brazilian music and Brazilian inspired jazz, Brazilliance
would make a most welcome addition to a CD collection.