Supernova: Brazilian Jazz

(Jazzheads - 1998)

Recording Credits: Musical Consultant

Claudia Villela is joined on selective cuts by Grammy award winning saxophonist Michael Brecker. From the first glint, Supernova sparkles. Ricardo Peixote's guitar beads up like dew at dawn on the splash of sizzle cymbals and crosscurrents of piano and bass. Then Claudia Villela's voice rains forth, spinning pliant syllables of Brazilian Portuguese into bright spring air, like a global scat language, an essence of song. Within two bars you know it's the woman's own music, and when she breaks into delicately sculpted choruses, spritelike above the rhythms, you follow.