The Tempos of Tania Maria

Tania Maria - Tempo
Tania Maria

Tempo (Naïve, 2011)

Tempo is a delectable album by Brazilian pianist, singer and composer Tania Maria and Puerto Rican bassist Eddie Gomez. Tempo mixes lively Brazilian choro and samba rhythms with intimate jazz and blues.

Tania Maria is a masterful pianist and also has a recognizable sultry voice. On Tempo she performs a combination of captivating original instrumentals and songs as well as pieces by well-known Brazilian composers such as Jobim and Roberto Carlos. On the instrumental pieces, Maria and Gomez have the opportunity to demonstrate their technical ability with ingenious improvisations.

Tania Maria was born into a family of amateur musicians in Sao Luis, northwestern Brazil. At 13 she won first-prize in a regional competition as the leader of a bossa nova group started by her father. She’s recorded over 25 albums and has been involved in Brazilian music, jazz and fusion projects. In the 1980s she moved to New York and in 1983, she released the album Come with Me on Concord Records. The title track became an international hit.

Eddie Gomez is a renowned bass player. He was a member of the Bill Evans trio and fusion band Steps Ahead. He has performed with jazz masters like Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan, Benny Goodman, Buck Clayton, Bill Bruford, Marian McPartland, Paul Bley, Bill Evans, Michael Brecker, Wayne Shorter, Steve Gadd, Jeremy Steig, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, Al Foster, Chick Corea, Eugenio Toussaint and Carli Muñoz.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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