The first recorded musical collaboration between Sergio and Clarice Assad. Clarice & Sergio Assad's first album together features new songs by Sergio Assad, with renowned Brazilian lyricists such as Chico Cesar, Thiago Amud, Vinicius Castro & Daniel Basilio. Special guests include clarinetist Derek Bermel, mandolinist Mike Marshall, Keita Ogawa on percussion and Yasushi Nakamura, bass. RELEASE DATE: July 15th, on the Adventure Music label.
CLARICE & SERGIO ASSAD/Reliquia: So who said the Adolfo’s could have all the fun in father/daughter Brazilian jazz? Here we find one of the most important classical guitarists of the age giving his daughter the chance to show the musical DNA he passed on to her which she has been making the most of as a vocalist. Guitar and voice with a little, sparsely used coloration here and there---and if you think that isn’t the recipe for a powerful release, go scarf down a mouthful of guardinera to remind you of what hot means. A dazzling, stunning set tailor made for those who still remember what real music all about, you’ll understand this set completely even if you don’t speak a word of Portuguese. Killer stuff throughout that shows just how complex simplicity can be.
Really lovely sounds from the father/daughter team of Clarice and Sergio Assad – a pair who would already be great as a musical duo, even without a family connection! Sergio plays acoustic guitar throughout – with a fullness of sound, but also the lighter, lyrical sensibility that makes him a perfect match for Clarice's vocals – which have that mix of jazz and more personal expression we love in our favorite Brazilian singers from the 70s – like Tania Maria or Joyce. The songs are simple, and often poetic – but never in a soppy way – more like they're being written in air by guitar and voice, creating a marvelous portrait in sound. Titles include "Capoeira", "Cidade", "Sol De Clave", "Ventos", "The Last Song", "Angela", and "Song For My Father".
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"It is impossible to sum up the size of this musical tour de force, it is just immense. Be it the talent, the energy or the incredible amount of collaborators who are taking part. This album musically explodes around listeners in the most pleasant fashion. Standing at the helm of this larger than size effort is Clarice Assad, a unique performer, arranger, multi instrumentalist, singer and practicing musical professor to boot. " - THE EAR
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"Latin Grammy nominee Assad belongs to a celebrated Brazilian musical dynasty, but her music is far from safe or predictable. Her fourth album has been acclaimed as the most startling Brazilian jazz album in years, nodding to the music of Japan in tracks like "Fantasia," and even incorporating rap on opener "De Perna Pro Ar." Assad is an impassioned scat singer, but "A Morte da Flor" features an aria from the American soprano Melody Moore, while the music mixes piano with screams of dissonant violin. Wildly ambitious, it tears up the old definitions of jazz and replaces them with something thrillingly new." WONDERING SOUND
"because she is so sophisticated; so well-schooled and such a complete musician the results are—especially here—like certain classical composers and musicians: completely perfect. Traversing through this album is like walking through a museum of life, but a completely imagined one—an Imaginarium. " WORLD MUSIC REPORT
"As the daughter of one of the Assad Brothers, a world-beating Brazilian classical guitar duo, it’s perhaps no surprise that Clarice Assad’s star is rising. She’s certainly nothing if not ambitious, assembling here a cast of over 40 musicians playing almost as many genres: classical, Gypsy jazz, Afro-Brazilian percussion, Broadway musical and even hip-hop. Does it all hang together? Yes – surprisingly and wonderfully so." SONGLINES
"One listen to this release by Clarice Assad, and you’ll be dizzied by not only the prowess of this multi-talented artist, but by the variety as well. She sings, arranges, composes and plays the piano here on this collection of eleven varied and variegated pieces which include strings, horns, guitars and more moods than a Greek coffee shop." JAZZ WEEKLY
"smoking, sizzling date that takes world fusion to the next level of the game and sets some breathless standards and bench marks along the way. " Midwest Record
"Grandest is her teaming with Rei and a phalanx of backing singers on the jagged, mechanized “Revolta Das Flores.” Loveliest is “Perto Do Luar,” a gently flowing pas de deux with Souza. Most magical is “Why?,” a garden-bed showdown between a trembling pansy (soprano Yulia Van Doren), a plucky daisy (soprano Melissa Wegner) and the thundering Flower God (baritone Jonathan Kimple)." JAZZ TIMES
"Sublime vocals from Clarice Assad – a singer who's got some ties to older Brazilian traditions, but who also really makes things all her own – with a dynamic sense of phrasing that's perfectly backed up by some equally great instrumentation! Clarice handled all the arrangments – which blend flute, strings, vocals, and lots of deft percussion – but always in this lean way that moves along effortlessly with her beautiful vocals." DUSTY GROOVE
"Now I have checked out Home (2011), which features larger helping of neo-Tropicalia originals and covers and even more of Assad’s rollicking scat-singing. But it’s small-ensemble backing and I bet the more than 50 players and singers on Imaginarium are what she’s needed to get all her styles on display and in limber motion. It’s louder, faster, more insistent, includes more jazz, a winking passage of light opera and best of all a couple of outright jokes, which she needed more than was evident. And sure, pretty bell-like voice." MILES TO GO
"She’s the most exciting Brazilian singer/pianist I’ve ever heard —and by a mile, too. As remarkable as Tania Maria has been for decades, she takes a definite back seat, at least, to 34-year-old singer, pianist, composer and arranger Clarice Assad."
- The Buffalo News
Recorded in a day after months of honing, the energy knocks you off your chair and makes itself a welcome resident of your choice of music device. Hot stuff that just doesn't know when to quit.
- Midwest Record
... talent quite beyond compare. There's certainly no one like her in Brazilian music.
- ALL MUSIC GUIDE
An Album To Die For
- Jazz Latin Network
Recorded at Big Twig Studios in 2007. Upstate NY
Label: NSS Music
Photos by Grant Leighton
Composition title: Sephardic Suite, For Flute, guitar & string quartet
Composition title: Slow Waltz from Impressions, for string orchestra.
Arranged for solo piano by Will Duchon.
Composition title: Brasileirinhas | Mercador de Sonhos (Guitar Duo)
Composition title: The Last Song (Guitar Duo)
Composition title: Comme En Plein Rêve (Clarice Assad/Antoine Loyer)
Composition title: Dreamscapes. Fantasia for Violin & Strings
(SONY MUSIC MASTERWORKS) Composition title: The Last Song | Suite Back To Our Roots
Composition title: Three Flute Etudes (Arranged by. C. Assad)
Composition title: Three Balkan Dances
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin - Sergio & Odair Assad |
Orquestra Sinfônica de São Paulo, John Neschling conductor
| Composition title: Three Sketches
Composition title: Bluezilian. For Guitar Quartet
Composition title: IMPRESSIONS, Suite For Chamber Orchestra
Composition title: Danças Nativas & Bluezilian. For Guitar Quartet
Sergio & Odair Assad | Composition title: Valsas do Rio
Composition title: Bluezilian. For Guitar Quartet
Composition title: Família (Sergio & Clarice Assad)
Misc. arrangements of holiday themed music.
Composition title: Concerto For Violin & Orchestra
Composition title: Valsas do Rio, for two guitars.
Composition title: Flutuante, For Guitar & Clarinet.