I had already purchased Mayra Andrade's first album a couple of years ago, but I was completely astonished by the elegance and maturity of her vocal explorations, with superb accompaniment, on this album of a public studio recording session. The energy is palpable among the musicians and the improvisation is real and rampant.
In combination with this energy and the vitality of Mayra's voice, there is some sort of extraordinary recording technology happening here. My stereo (actually a combination iPod/cd player) has absolutely never brought me into the room like this cd does! I may usually deadpan my expressions of enthusiasm, but this is really something different.
What the descriptions don't mention is that the second disc is actually a DVD, although it won't work in our player because it is a PAL standard recording of the same concert. I am hoping I can find a way to make it work.
I totally recommend this recording to anyone who loves an amazing performance and such a presence.