An Inspiring New Generation of Bossa

Clara Moreno

Meu Samba Torto (Compass Records, 2007)

It’s probably genetic. Bossa nova flows through Clara Moreno’s name. Her name may not ring a bell automatically, but she is the daughter of renowned Brazilian singer Joyce (who  participates in several pieces). Of the thousands of Brazilian CDs released in Brazil, very few make it to the United States. Thankfully, Compass Records has released in North America.

The concept behind the album Meu Samba Torto is intimate bossa nova, giving a warm and cozy coffeehouse feel. Most of the album presents Clara Moreno on vocals performing with prominent guitarist and songwriter Celso Fonseca on acoustic and electric guitar. There are barely any other instruments: just bass and drums in a few of the pieces.


The song selection includes two charming new pieces made for Clara, composed by Celso Fonseca and Joyce respectively. There are also classic bossa songs, as well as a recreation of an Edith Piaf song and a cover of the American standard "Tenderly."

Buy Meu Samba Torto.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (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. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.