- Released: September 26, 2005
- Label: Emarcy Import
- 3.Pecadeus Meus
- 4.Rua 17b
- 6.Eu Fui a Europa
- 7.Retrato em Branco E Preto
- 8.Para Chick
- 9.Ideias Eideais
Personnel: Tania Maria (vocals, piano); Hubert Varron (cello); Alain Hatot (flute, tenor saxophone); Alfred Houssepian (trumpet, flugelhorn); J.F. Jenny-Clarke (double bass); Zezito (electric bass); L.C. Fuina (drums, percussion); Willian Passarinho, Aldo Romano (drums); Clovis Lobao (percussion).
Liner Note Authors: Philippe Lesage; St‚phane Paudras.
Recording information: Barclay-Hoche Studios, Paris (1978).
Photographer: Christian Rose.
Arrangers: Janos Geszti; Tania Maria.
Tania Maria's debut is a mix of hushed bossa numbers and up-tempo, jazz-inflected sambas that show off the prowess of her nine-piece band. "Z‚," which belongs to the latter category, is an original tune that begins with Maria's slightly over-the-top scatting and builds into a kickin' samba jam; on "Para Chick," a Tom Jobim instrumental, the group is at its most improvisational, with Maria herself (on piano) dishing out some fine solos; and on the tempo-shifting "Ideias E Ideias," Maria manages to sound like Astrud Gilberto and Ella Fitzgerald within the span of a few chord changes. Though it's heavy on the standard bossa/samba fare, it's also a uniformly solid album and a fine introduction to Maria's catalog. ~ Christian Hoard