Sonzeira | Aquarela do Brasil (Mark E Remix)
I’ve been loving this hauntingly complex jazz-piano led remix of the Brazilian classic “Aquarela do Brasil”, featuring the vocals of Elza Soares. The DJ/producer of the remix is Mark E, and the song really is a kind of highlight to steer people toward Gilles Peterson’s Sonzeira project, “Brasil Bam Bam Bam”, a record that takes listeners on a journey into Brazilian musical culture and heritage through the country’s finest older and newer artists. This beats and strings in this remix really turns “Aquarela do Brasil” on its head, adding a kind of hypnotic depth and eerie obsessiveness. For some reason the jazzier elements remind me of listening to the Horace Silver Quintet. This track isn’t on the record, but another version is — one featuring Soares’ softer, emotional rendition. You can purchase it at this Amazon.com link. This will likely hit the spot for those of you who really enjoyed the “Red Hot + Rio” series. — David D. Robbins Jr.