Personnel includes: Leo Gandelman (soprano, alto, tenor & baritone saxophones, piano, keyboards, percussion); Celso Fonseca (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars); Suely Mesquita (vocals); Marcio Montarroyas (trumpet); Egberto Gismonti, Philippe Saisse (piano); Sacha Amback (keyboards, bass, programming); Ricardo Silveira (acoustic guitar); Dunga (bass); Paulo Braga (drums).
Producers include: Leo Gandelman, Celso Fonseca, Eric Calvi, Nico Rezende, Neme.
Principally recorded at Chorus and Magic Music Studios, Rio De Janiero, Brazil.
Personnel: Leo Gandelman (saxophone, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, piano, keyboards, percussion); Celso Fonseca (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Nico Rezende (vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards); Ricardo Silveira (guitar, acoustic guitar); Torcuato Mariano (guitar); Jose Carlos Ramos (flute); M rcio Montarroyos (trumpet); Bidinho (flugelhorn); Serginho Trombone (trombone); Philippe Saisse (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); William Magalhaes (piano, keyboards); Egberto Gismonti (piano); Sacha Amback (keyboards, drum programming, sampler); Claudio Infante (drums, percussion); Paulinho Braga (drums); Ramiro Mussoto (percussion, drum programming); Marcos Suzano (percussion); Meme (drum programming).
Audio Mixer: Tom Swift.
Recording information: Chorus Studios, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Magic Music Studios, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; MEGA Studios.
Photographer: Aldo Sampieri.
Arrangers: Sacha Amback; William Magalhaes; Nico Rezende; Leo Gandelman; Celso Fonseca.
Saxophonist/keyboardist Gandelman delivers on this album's titular promise. His is a modern, cosmopolitan variant on Brazilian musical traditions. While he bases tracks around samba and bossa nova rhythms, electronic riffs and beats abound, making for an unusual and reward fusion of old and new. On "Maracatu Atomico" the tension between the electronic dance beat and acoustic guitar rhythms pushes Gandelman's sax along with unprecedented propulsion. "Brazilian Waters" finds Eddie Gomez's slippery jazz bassline rubbing shoulders with atmospheric splashes of synthesizer. Here, as on the rest of BRAZILIAN SOUL, it's Gandelman's sax, often counterpointed by wordless female vocals, that is the central focus and raison d'etre.