Throughout her 50 year career as one of Brazil's most brilliantly imaginative artists, Joyce Moreno has thrived artistically in consistently undertakes new challenges.
In the '70s, she provoked controversy for singing in first-person feminine voice (never before attempted by any of the very few female songwriters in Brazil at the time) and her lyrics defied the censorship attempts of the Brazilian military dictatorship. After something of an epiphany, with Cool, Joyce has finally agreed to take on a challenge repeatedly asked of her for the last two decades. Moreno explains: "For over 20 years I've been requested to make an album with North American jazz standards. Nothing against it, but I always said no. I had the strange feeling that such an album would look weird in my discography, too commercial - like I didn't have any new tricks up my sleeve, and yes, I always have plenty. Music has never ceased to bless me with new ideas and new tunes. So why on Earth should I embark on such a trip? The answer came to me during a sound check when I started playing, just for fun, a Cole Porter song in a different way. The song was 'Love For Sale' - a song about a demimondaine, a hooker, in short. But then this afoxê groove came up, and, all of a sudden, Cole Porter's call girl became a hooker from Bahia. And I thought, 'man, these tunes can be rearranged and be really fun!' To play these tunes with my guitar, re-harmonize them, find their possible different grooves, and make them mine. Not just turn them into 'Brazilian bossas'...
There is also one original tune only here: my jazzy samba 'Mingus, Miles & Coltrane', a tribute to three of my personal jazz heroes, who inspired me a lot since I was a kid. Coltrane is also remembered here in my arrangement for 'My Favorite Things', inspired by his classic recording, but mixed with an improvised Jobim quote in the end." In typical Joycean style, Cool emits immense musical dexterity coupled with a powerfully human essence to her sound, bringing an entirely original spirit to these canonical standards.
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