Maucha Adnet and Helio Alves: Milagre – a Poignant Dialog

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“…Maucha Adnet permeates the air with her velvety, warm, and passionate voice full of incomparable diction and unique pitch. Her masterful way of pausing and continuing with whispers can move anybody´s heart, reaching an intimate and soft point in her singing…”

Maucha Adnet and Helio Alves - MilagreThis new album, by Maucha Adnet and Helio Alves, is a celebration of saudade (melancholy) and the most profound and poignant musical dialog between two amazing music masters. To mention Maucha and Helio is to talk about the heart of the inspiring rendition of jazz and bossanova. Any adjective will seem short and incomplete to describe the feeling and soul that this couple displays together in this work. This album in itself is a diamond due to an unrivaled team and a unique repertoire of Brazilian composers, including Toninho Horta, Edu Lobo, Caetano Veloso, Hermeto Pascoal, Gilberto Gil and Dori and Dorival Caymmi.

The music lover delights in listening to each of the themes of Milagre where, as usual, Maucha Adnet permeates the air with her velvety, warm, and passionate voice full of incomparable diction and unique pitch. Her masterful way of pausing and continuing with whispers can move anybody´s heart, reaching an intimate and soft point in her singing.

The collector is lucky to have Helio Alves, a piano master, accompanying Maucha in all of the tracks on this cd. The listener can easily see why Helio is one of the most talented virtuosos of modern jazz piano, he contributes to each song with elaborated, dramatic, deep and harmonical lines full of feeling and softness.

Fourteen well-known Brazilian classic themes are part of this wonderful work which instantly becomes a masterpiece for collectors. Its name Milagre, in Portuguese Miracle, is an inspiring title for an album that wants to honor the most profound symbol of music in the colossal green country of Brazil – Bossa Nova. Any song could be a perfect example of the beauty on this cd. Each song has incredibly detailed features and subtle rhythmical movements which make the listener´s heartstrings dance around the mind and soul endlessly. Just to mention one, Vale Do Ribeira (Valley of Ribeira), composed by Hermeto Pascoal, is a powerful theme played by Mr. Alves with perfection and feeling, where Mrs. Adnet leaves her heart in each word of the lyrics. Endless compliments for this couple who 20 years ago played together, for the first time, in New York City.

Tracks: 1. O Cantador (Oh Singer), 2. Eu vim da bahia (I Came From Bahia), 3. Waters of March, 4. Gabriela, 5. Retrato em branco e preto (Picture in Black and White), 6. Coracao vagabundo (Vagabond heart), 7. Caminhos cruzados (Cross Roads), 8. Vale do Ribeira (Valley of Ribeira), 9. Desafinada, 10. Amor infinito/Bons amigos (Infinite Love/Good Friends), 11. Milagre (Miracle), 12. Tico-Tico no fuba, 13. Canto triste (Sad singing), 14. April Child.

Personnel: Maucha Adnet: vocal, percussion (triangle, Cezar´s tamborin, ganzá) (8, 12, 14); Helio Alves: piano.

Maucha Adnet on the Web: www.facebook.com/maucha.adnet

Helio Alves on the Web: www.helioalvesmusic.com

Label: Zoho Music | Release date: March 2013

Reviewed by: Oscar Montagut