Fernanda Cunha is one of the best kept secrets of Brazil. Cunha is a wonderful singer with an extraordinary feel and voice suited to sing any kind of music, especially Samba and Bossa Nova.
On her new release Coração do Brasil, Cunha recorded some of the best Brazilian classics, songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Noel Rosa, Daniel Gonzaga and Ivan Lins.
The album starts with an exquisite interpretation of Jobim “Eu preciso de voce”, followed by the jazzy arrangement of the samba “Adeus America”. The excellent rhythm section of Jorjao Carvalho on bass, Jurim Moreira on drums, and Ze Carlos on guitar, provides the perfect support for Cunha’s beautiful renditions of the sambas by Noel Rosa “Não tem tradução”, Daniel Gonzaga’s “Samba pro Joao”, and the album tittle “Coração do Brasil”, a composition of pianist/composer/arranger/professor Antonio Adolfo. Camila Dias played the piano and co-wrote with Fernanda Cunha the slow jazzy samba “Rio”, a song dedicated to the beauties and musicality of Rio de Janeiro.
Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Dindi” receives an intimate, sublime arrangement in the voice Fernanda Cunha and the guitar of Ze Carlos. Sueli Costa wrote, arranged and played the piano in the nice ballad “Perdido de encantamento”.
The album closes with another fabulous interpretation, “Somos todos iguais esta noite”, a song by one of the best Brazilian composers in recent years, Ivan Lins. Fernanda Cunha’s elegant phrasing fits perfectly with Lins’ compositional style.
Tracks: Eu preciso de voce, Adeus America, Não tem tradução, Coração do Brasil, Feito Andorinha, Samba Pro Joao, Rio, Dindi, Perdido de Encantamento, Somos todos iguais esta noite.
Personnel: Fernanda Cunha – vocals, Cristovao Bastos – piano, Jorjao Carvalho – bass, Jurim Moreira – drums, Ze Carlos – guitar, Sueli Costa – piano, Tom Szczesniak – accordion, Marcio Hallack – piano, Camilla Dias – piano.
Fernanda Cunha on the Web: fernandacunha.com
Label: Self-Produced | Release date: 2012
Reviewed by: Wilbert Sostre