Brasil & Company

“Brasil and Company is a jazzy quartet featuring Vera Mara and guitarist Paul Meyers. This collaboration of 13 tracks has a light, breezy feel, with Mara’s vocals shifting between Portuguese and English. The other members of the quartet are bassist Itaiguara Brandao and percussionist Chris Eddleton. Among the selections are the Carmen Miranda classic “Tico-Tico no Fuba” and two songs written by Tom Jobim, “Meditation” and “Double Rainbow”. There are also a few tracks in the folksier style of Pixinguinha and Gonzaguinha, as well as several original compositions. Mara, a former backup vocalist for Gilberto Gil, is a delightful singer – she captures the lilt wonderfully and has a special knack for scat singing. The quartet works well, and Meyers’ guitar playing is a standout. Fans of bossa nova and fusion jazz will want to check this one out.”

-Micheal Cowan, Rhythm Magazine