Karrin Allyson

A Kiss for Brazil

Origin 82895


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There are so many ways to savor Karrin Allyson's artistry. Start with her voice, its rare clarity and resonant timbre... Everything she sings seems to rise from a smile.
Bob Doerschuk, DownBeat

Adding to her lovingly-long list of Brazilian repertoire and recordings, five-time Grammy Nominee Karrin Allyson embarks on yet another inspired Brazilian adventure, this time including a very special pairing with the legendary singer, composer and guitarist Rosa Passos. Long admiring each other's work, this vocal match made in heaven features Ms. Passos on two songs with Karrin - her own composition "Dunas" (with new English lyrics penned by Karrin) and the classic Vinicius de Moraes song, "O Grande Amor." Karrin and her stellar band of Brazilian instrumentalists - Rafael Barata on drums and Vitor Goncalves on piano & accordion, along with guitarist Yotam Silberstein and bassist Harvie S - unfurl gorgeous classics such as "So Many Stars," "The Island," "Manha de Carnaval," "Flor de Lis," "Wave," and "Only Trust Your Heart," in a luxuriously grooving, sonic love letter to Brazil.

Track Listing:

1 Flor de Lis 5:19
2 Month of March in Salvador (Dunas) 5:11
3 The Gift (Recado Bossa Nova) 4:04
4 O Grande Amor 4:58
5 Antigua 3:58
6 The Island 4:57
7 Manha de Carnaval 4:58
8 So Many Stars 4:38
9 Wave 4:45
10 Only Trust Your Heart 3:40


Karrin Allyson - vocal, piano (8,10), shakers (7)
Rosa Passos - vocal (2,4), rhythm guitar (2)
Vitor Gonçalves - Fender Rhodes (1,9), piano (3,4,5,6,7), accordion (2,3,7,8)
Harvie S - bass
Yotam Silberstein - guitar (1-9)
Rafael Barata - drums (1-9)

Production Info:

Produced by Karrin Allyson
Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Dave Kowalski
at Teaneck Sound, Teaneck, NJ
March 22 and 25, 2023
Mixing Supervision: Karrin Allyson, Harvie S, Bill McGlaughlin
Project Consultant: Nick Phillips
Photography: Jim O'Keefe
Photo Shoot Art Director: Mary O'Keefe
Hair and Makeup: Omar Rodriguez
Stylist: Vanessa Campan-Thornburg
Cover design & layout by John Bishop

Reviews of A Kiss for Brazil

Música Brasileira (Egídio Leitão )
A Kiss for Brazil is not Karrin Allyson's first incursion into Brazilian music. I would not need to list her previous albums here to convince you she truly has an affinity for the Brazilian songbook. Karrin Allyson (1962, Great Bend, Kansas) does not shy away from singing in Portuguese or choosing a less obvious repertoire from the Brazilian son ...

LA Jazz Scene (Scott Yanow)
Karrin Allyson, who has been recording rewarding albums since 1992, is still in prime form these days. On A Kiss For Brazil which is at least her 17th album, she displays her long-time love for Brazilian music. In 2008 Allyson had recorded an album titled Imagina: Songs Of Brasil and her rendition of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "O Pato" (complete with h ...

All About Jazz (Katchie Cartwright)
A Kiss for Brazil is Kansas-bred Grammy-nominated singer Karrin Allyson's third release to feature Brazilian music (From Paris to Rio, Concord, 1999; Imagina, Concord, 2008), and her first to showcase Brazilian musicians: Vitor Gonçalves on piano and accordion, Rafael Barata at the drums, plus the acclaimed singer-guitarist and songwriter Rosa Pas ...

Amazon (Dr Debra Jan Bibel)
Karrin Allyson has a clear, precise, pixie-like voice, akin to Blossom Dearie, and she has a particular fondness for Brazilian jazz ballads. Her new album is all about Brazil with special guest vocalist and guitarist Rosa Passo, who sings solo and enjoys trading scat with Allyson. The band consists of ubiquitous Brazilian drummer Rafael Barata; Car ...

Jazz Weekly (George W Harris)
There is probably no vocalist who can do more expression within their vocal range as Karrin Allyson. Her vast catalogue is a testament to nuance and emotion without the overt clutter of 'technical prowess.' This album shows her strengths, focusing on Brazilian tunes, the types she always shows so well when in concert. She plays a bit of piano herse ...

The Best of Brazil (Randy Morse)
A Kiss for Brazil is a magnificent album! I've eagerly anticipated its release, especially after you announced that my favorite Brazilian singer, Rosa Passos, would join you — my favorite American jazz singer — as a special guest. What could be better? On top of that, your backing musicians (Vítor Gonçalves, Yotam Silberstein, Harvie S, and R ...

Marlbank (UK) (Stephen Graham)
Best of 2024 A dynamic year so far for jazz vocals - and there's something inside so strong as the feeling intensifies still more liltingly on A Kiss for Brazil. Featuring the great singer from Bahia, Rosa Passos (Amorosa, 2004 is her classic) - there are few singers on the planet who can take a note for a walk like US singer Karrin Allyson. Th ...

The Mercury News (Andrew Gilbert )
No matter where you find Karrin Allyson, it's a sure bet that she's keeping the best company. One of jazz's great polyglot vocalists — she's honed an extensive repertoire of songs in French and Portuguese — the New York City-based singer plunges back into the Brazilian songbook on her new album "A Kiss for Brazil" (Origin Records). It's a mu ...





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