Five AMAZING Stars! WOW! Maria Rita is a true MPB SUPERSTAR, like her mom! Her voice is pure velvet MAGIC! My friend says Maria RIta has the whole country of Brazil SPELLBOUND. This CD reportedly went platinum the first day and a year later won the 2006 Latin Grammy for MPB, making Maria Rita 'two for two' in Latin Grammies for her first 2 CDs. Track 1, "Caminho das Aguas", won the 2006 Latin Grammy for Best MPB Song. Maria Rita is HOT! 'Middle-aged fans' of the late Super Diva, Elis Regina, and ace pianist/arranger Cesar Carmago Mariano are now 'groupies' of their daughter. Younger fans are calling her "our Elis".
This CD, recorded live in the studio, catches her rising star in mid-flight, after a great personal tragedy: the death of her mentor, Producer Tom Capone, to whom it is dedicated. Her selection of talented musicians and interesting songs continues to be flawless and perfect to her needs. And she has become more daring: in this case, ramping down to just VOICE AND TRIO. Tiago Costa on piano, Sylvinho Mazzucca on bass, and the muscular drummer Cuca Teixeira complete the group. Daring, indeed for a sophomore effort! Songs are emotionally captivating, rhythmically sophisticated, and repeated hearings reveal HIDDEN TREASURES. Jazzy and tropical like her triple Latin Grammy winning debut CD: "Maria Rita", she has created her own niche in MPB with a voice and style that's instantly recognizable.
'Pieces D'Resistance', the best of the best, are everywhere.
"Caminho das Aguas" (Path of Waters), so reminiscent of songs her mother sang, is a wonderful kick-off song showing her clear voice and nuances. It became a hit single and took the Latin Grammy as Best MPB Song in 2006 for composer Rodrigo Maranhao. "Recado" (Message) shows her vocal gymnastic capabilities and Tiago lays down a 'killer' solo and 'comping' behind her. The ballad "Casa Pre-Fabricada" is almost beautiful beyond words. On the DVD, composer Marcelo Camelo is visibly overcome by this performance, holding MR in a long, long embrace. Heck, it wiped me out, too. "Muito Pouco" is a tango-like 'Tour De Force' which, along with "Despidida" and "Mal Intento", may be the three best performances of all. "Minha Alma" (A Paz Que Eu N'o Quer) (My Soul (The Peace I Don't Want) rocks hard and sweeps us away as she demonstrates her wonderful articulation. "Feliz" (Happy) is really a jumping blues, a form at which she excels. The bonus track 12 "Conta Outra" (Tell Me Another One) is a live recording catching her clear voice and spellbinding approach to MPB in front of an appreciative crowd. It's the first real hard nod to the samba on the CD and she shows she's a master at the whole Brazilian spectrum. (Leave the CD running on Track 12: at 5 minutes and 26 seconds, there is a hidden bonus song, "Mantra", that is 4 minutes of MESMERIZING singing.) Bravo, Maria Rita and producer Lenine.
Hint to Maria & producers: we're ready for a 'family CD' with Maria, dad Cesar, and the brothers. Instant Platinum CD!!
* We all know of the death of Maria Rita's mentor, super producer Tom Capone, in Los Angeles in a traffic accident on the very night of her 3 Latin Grammy triumph for the CD "Maria Rita". Just hours after MR and Tom embraced on stage in triumph. Maria was able to recover and respond with this fabulous CD, a great musical dedication to Capone's memory. Her future is bright and she's taking us with her. I'm sure dad Cesar Camargo Mariano and her brothers are so proud, as Elis and Tom Capone would have been of her award-winning sophomore effort and her amazing career as arguably the most sought-after Brazilian female singer.
* BTW, "Rita" is from her namesake, close family friend & famed rocker Rita Lee and is pronounced "HEE'-Ta".)