Since I began to write here@Amazon and elsewhere, my first rule was never to write on artists who I do not know or who I do not love. I think nobody is entitled to judge Rosa Passos or any other performer out of her environment. If I do not like this kind of Joao Gilbertoish style I'd better keep my mouth shut or, more appropriately, my keyboard off.
For all those who know the international music industry in a professional way, it is common use to hear that Americans usually do not like voice-and-guitar ensembles the same way Brazilians do. Ok! That's an important market rule for commercial insiders but not from an artistic crafting point of view.
Ron Carter did understood what Rosa Passos' small voice is able to do as well as Joao Gilberto did. Yes, Rosa Passos stepped into Brazilian song scene by Joao Gilberto's recommendation and they are very similar in their vocalizing styles. Love it or not! I tell you Rosa Passos is not for beginners as well as Joao Gilberto demands experienced ears to be listened to. And that's the technical point of reference which may have led someone to write that Mr. Ron Carter would have made a mistake.
For those Americans and Brazilians who do not know, Ron Carter owns some special basses which he separates in order to use when he plays Bossa Nova. He is a jazz master. He also loves Brazilian music and took part in many, many important albums of Bossa Nova. So, no surprise here! No mistake, here! Mr. Carter knows precisely what field he is stepping into. And he plays accordingly with his well-known master command.
Rosa Passos is backed by her brilliant guitarrist and smart arranger, Mr. Lula Galvao. Pay attention to his arrangement for "The Girl from Ipanema". It is worth for all the CD. Galvao's arrangement made Ms. Passos re-divide words into the original melody in a different and sensational way. Also all guitar solos are by Mr. Galvao: Brilliant!
At last, when I wrote "The Girl from Ipanema", I may have waken you up to the same old Bossa Nova repertoire you have listened to for so many years. Maybe that's the only sin I would point out as concerned to this album. Nearly all repetoire is made up by classic Bossa Nova and traditional sambas. Not bad but I would pick up some additional new material.
Even so, I tell you, you will find creative approaches here.
There are some other Rosa Passos' CDs here@Amazon. All deal with Brazilian song stylized in a voice-and-guitar ensemble. They are all first class!