JazzTimes - 4/2002, p.106
"...A silky-smooth rendering of jazz-tinged bossa nova performed with no frills and no gimmicks..."
Personnel: Ana Caram (vocals, guitar); Paulo Levi (saxophone); Cliff Korman (Fender Rhodes piano); Nelson Faria (guitar); David Finck, Joe Fitzgerald (bass); Paulo Braga (drums).
Recorded at St. Peter's Church, New York, New York on March 6-8, 2001.
Personnel: Ana Caram (vocals); Nelson Faria (guitar); Paulo Levi (saxophone); Clifford Korman (Fender Rhodes piano); Paulinho Braga (drums).
Liner Note Author: Ana Caram.
Recording information: St. Peter's Church, Chelsea, New York, NY (03/06/2001-03/08/2001).
Editor: Nicholas Prout.
Photographer: Dirk Vandenberk.
Arranger: Clifford Korman.
Ana Caram is an excellent singer and guitarist of Brazilian music, but this set lacks any real surprises. She only plays guitar on one song, sticking to singing while being backed by a rhythm section and the saxophones of Paulo Levi. The selections all date from the 1960s (other than her original "Pura Luz") and Caram is mostly cast in the role of Astrud Gilberto, performing Jobim tunes (including "Desafinado," "Corcovado," and "Triste") and other tunes from the era, including "Blue Bossa," "Fly Me to the Moon," and Baden Powell's "So Por Amor." The results are pleasant but very predictable, with no real chances being taken nor any fresh light shone on the veteran warhorses. ~ Scott Yanow