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  • Vinyl (1 Nov. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Far Out Recordings
  • ASIN: B005MP9DD8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,090,427 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The third original studio album from Rio’s nu-bossa star, Sabrina Malheiros, combines the minimal electronic soul inspired sound of her debut Equilibria with the sweeping organic Brazilian pop of New Morning and traditional sounds of Brazil. Linking past and present Malheiros mixes seductive styles to create a truly original sound for the future. Dreaming is her finest work yet confirming Malheiros as one of the finest female Brazilian songwriters of her generation. Featuring leading Brazilian musicians including Alex Malheiros (Azymuth); Jesse Sadoc (Marcos Valle); Alfredo Cardim (Joyce); Robertinho Silva (Milton Nascimento) and written and co-produced with Sabrina by partner Daniel ‘Venom’ Maunick (Viper Squad / son of Bluey Incognito) the record finds a beautiful place between nu-Rio, classic Brazil, and the complex melodic electronica emerging from the post-dubstep and drum & bass London soundscape. Leading the nu-bossa generation with the likes of Bebel Gilberto, Malheiros has built a fanbase around the world addicted to her distinctive blissful sound. With her debut album ‘Equilibria’ on Far Out in 2005 Sabrina Malheiros arrived in a wave of instant acclaim playing her debut shows in the UK and Japan. The 2006 remix album ‘Vibrasons’ – including Nicola Conte, Quantic and Kenny Dope reworks – was followed with sophomore album ‘New Morning’ – declared the “best album of summer 2008” Evening Standard. A bigger production, featuring string arrangements from Arthur Verocai, the album broke Sabrina in America with debut tours in Germany, Holland and a UK return. As the daughter of Alex Malheiros, bass player of Far Out’s legendary Brazilian group Azymuth Sabrina was born to sing bossa nova and write ground-breaking music. Her classical contemporary Brazilian blend takes a number of surprising routes. On ‘Fragil’ Sabrina employs renowned samba percussionist Robertinho Silva to deliver her delicate take on Brazil’s African routes; ‘Bobeira’ is a breezy chill-out while its ‘Digital Dreaming Reprise’ opener adds Maunick’s deep beats and addictive synths - those warping lines continuing flawlessly in to the following tracks. Sabrina’s special pattern for writing music (alone, with her father Alex and partner Daniel) brings recurring chords and sequences with a huge variety of influences and ideas. Sabrina shows just how far this writing talent stretches as she arks back to ‘70s Brazil with the dreamy acid-folk ‘Lirio de Venus (Interlude)’ before bringing things right in to modern electronic-era with big dub bass, scratching together with trademark soft acoustic guitar and harmonies on ‘Paranoia’. Altogether Malheiros’ third full-length record is a lyrical and melodic dream to take her star far higher. UK Press BBC Music – Mike Diver – Review confirmed 12 September Metro – Siobhan Murphy (Metro Life Editor) – Review slated for 19 Sept + launch show preview tbc for 21 Sept Independent – Phil Johnson – Review confirmed for 18 Sept Songlines – Jo Frost – Review confirmed October Issue Jazzwise – Jane Cornwell/Stephen Graham – Review confirmed October Issue Blues & Soul Magazine – Snowboy – Review confirmed September issue Jungle Drums – Review live September 12 / Interview confirmed Sept Sounds & Colours – Review confirmed Sept / Interview confirmed Sept UK Radio Jazz FM – Sabrina Malheiros 50 minute Jazz FM Boisdale, London Discovery Gig Broadcast on nationwide Jazz FM 21 Sept Jazz FM – Primeira – 30/07 / Fragil – 06/08

BBC Review

Since its birth in the mid-50s, bossa nova has been one of Brazil's greatest gifts to modern music. Rhythm, harmony and melody blend with such fluidity and lightness of touch that the notes don't so much bounce as skip into sensual life. A vocalist such as Sabrina Malheiros has the kind of finesse in her timbre and delivery to uphold the legacy of the genre's iconic exponents, reaching right back to Elis Regina via Flora Purim and Joyce.

This third album from the 30-something Carioca is an assured confirmation of the potential that marked her 2005 debut, Equilibria; but there are still a few steps left for her take along the evolutionary ladder before she delivers a true chef d'oeuvre. On the plus side, Malheiros has a highly competent supporting cast that includes her father Alex, bassist of Brazilian jazz-fusion institution Azymuth, as well as drummer Robertino Silva, and the precision and purring warmth of the rhythm and horn section pay big dividends on Opar� and Primeira. Again, in accordance with bossa's core vocabulary, the use of a bridge with a fey descending chord sequence delivers the customary killer blow of moody melancholia that is hard to resist.

On the minus side, the material, co-written and produced by Daniel 'Venom' Maunick, can tend to the derivative at times. When the arrangements edge into more overtly soulful terrain, the ghost of Banda Black Rio or Paulinho da Costa, the veteran percussionist whose superb mid-70s albums have supplied The Black Eyed Peas with some of their best breaks, creates a sense of d�j� vu that is more than a touch discomfiting. Sensitive to the need for the subtlety and grace that define the bossa genre, Maunick steers, for the most part, an artful course through acoustic and electric streams; but there are moments when he could rock out towards murkier, choppier waters that reflect more explicitly his proven credentials in the world of drum'n'bass. He is possibly being too understated, and occasionally the music falls dangerously near to the misty chill-out zone that did for Bebel Gilberto.

--Kevin Le Gendre

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Sabrina Malheiros' 3rd CD is another winner and keeps her right at the top of the current Brazilian modern jazz/bossa nova scene. The record abounds with beautiful relaxed Latin grooves with Sabrina's silky smooth vocals gliding over the seductive rhythms. This is her finest recording to date and while not breaking new ground will win over many new fans if given any sort of promotion.

Musical backing is slicker on this offering with lots of tasteful, if understated, instrumental work by an extremely talented array of musicians (including Sabrina's dad Alex from the group Azymuth). There is a greater feeling of space on this recording as her 2 earlier releases were a touch over-produced. There is a lot more of Sabrina's personality (and voice) on this release as there are more vocal middle eights as opposed to instrumental, and also a lot more harmony with her own multi-tracked vocals ("Lirio de Venus" is a fine example).

The percussion is also slightly lower in the mix this time round (it's often too in your face in both Brazilian and Cuban music to my ears). This may well be because Sabrina is now credited as co-producer (she's also written almost all of the songs) while soaring flute is really outstanding throughout.

Malheiros' tuning is perfect - which can't be said for all bossa divas - and her voice has matured without losing any of it's sweetness. Tempos are varied with the hip-hop flavoured "Paranoia" being a fine contrast to more routine numbers around it. There are also remixes on this edition of sections of one of the best tracks "Bobeira", which open and close the album.

There are no really stand-out tracks here but all the material is very strong with "Candela" having key changes that give it a floating quality.
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By Bruce TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Dec. 2011
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I'd never heard of her before, but this album received a lot of airplay in Summer on Jazz FM. With its blend of beautiful melodies and light percussion, it became the sound of the Summer this year and even now it reminds me of warmer climes and sunny days.

Bossa Nova has been around for a long time now, but this is an update, with programmed beats and electronic treatments. It is still voice and acoustic guitar to the fore though, on most tracks and this is the essence of Bossa. There is also some nice bass work from Sabrina's father who played with the most well-known Brazilian funk band Azymuth on classic albums and this album sounds quite like Partido Novo with more vocals and less Jazz improvisation.

At times, the electronic sounds are almost weirdly intrusive, but in the end, the light sound and melodic nature of the music, wins through and it is both dance music and an insight into where Brazilian music is at, nowadays. The playing is always sympathetic and supportive to the vocals, which are the focus of this album and it seems that Sabrina Malheiros is set to be new champion of Bossa, everywhere. Just put this on and you are "dreaming" of Summer!
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With each album release, Sabrina Malheiros' music betters itself! This latest release is fantastic! I am the proud owner of every one of her albums now, and would regard 'Dreaming' as the best so far.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary Bossa Groove 13 Oct. 2013
By Fergal Woods - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sabrina Malheiros' 3rd CD is another winner and keeps her right at the top of the current Brazilian modern jazz/bossa nova scene. The record abounds with beautiful relaxed Latin grooves with Sabrina's silky smooth vocals gliding over the seductive rhythms. This is her finest recording to date and while not breaking new ground will win over many new fans if given any sort of promotion.

Musical backing is slicker on this offering with lots of tasteful, if understated, instrumental work by an extremely talented array of musicians (including Sabrina's dad Alex from the group Azymuth). There is a greater feeling of space on this recording as her 2 earlier releases were a touch over-produced. There is a lot more of Sabrina's personality (and voice) on this release as there are more vocal middle eights as opposed to instrumental, and also a lot more harmony with her own multi-tracked vocals ("Lirio de Venus" is a fine example).

The percussion is also slightly lower in the mix this time round (it's often too in your face in both Brazilian and Cuban music to my ears). This may well be because Sabrina is now credited as co-producer (she's also written almost all of the songs) while soaring flute is really outstanding throughout.

Malheiros' tuning is perfect - which can't be said for all bossa divas - and her voice has matured without losing any of it's sweetness. Tempos are varied with the hip-hop flavoured "Paranoia" being a fine contrast to more routine numbers around it. There are also remixes on this edition of sections of one of the best tracks "Bobeira", which open and close the album.

There are no really stand-out tracks here but all the material is very strong with "Candela" having key changes that give it a floating quality. "Can't Hide Love" is a nice soft jazz groove with a descending chord sequence played against a wordless sung refrain which leads to a keyboard outro. "Primeira" is again on the jazzier side of Bossa but is still very upbeat. "Fragil", which has a prominent acoustic guitar part and another flute melody, is not particularly original but is irresistably the sound of summers you dream about. The syrupy strings present on many bossa nova recordings are dispensed with here and overall there is a relaxed and self-confident air about the whole project.

"Dreaming" might be that hit single or two short of being a classic album but this is optimistic and vivacious music which will put a smile on most faces. If you have either of this artiste's 2 previous CDs you can buy with utmost confidence. If you don't but like the idea of "Tall and tanned and young and lovely" then Sabrina Malheiros may just be the girl for you !!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars shake it up 25 May 2013
By garett t. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
WOW! I haven't bought this CD yet, just found it by accident while searching for bossa nova type music. This lady can sing. A sensual, earthy, sexy, sassy romp through some great songs infused with funk, jazz, boss nova melodies that make you want to get up and shake it! Every song is a killer. Listen on your CD deck in the car or at home or the beach, wherever, the upbeat, bouncy sound will cast a spell on you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 14 Jan. 2013
By Bossadude - Published on Amazon.com
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Exceptional Brazilian music flow and sexy vocals by Sabrina. She comes from a musical family and always sounds as if she actually feels the delicious, rhythmic, hot Brazilian grooves. Outstanding.
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect album when you feel like you want to get ... 7 April 2016
By Marcel Rodriguez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
The perfect album when you feel like you want to get away, but can't head to Rio anytime soon. Smooth, Sultry Sabrina. Time to mix up a batch of caipirinhas.
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