AUGUST 1 RELEASE FEATURES FIVE LOVE SONGS IN MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO THE GREAT BRAZILIAN SONGWRITERS OF THE BOSSA NOVA ERA, SPOTLIGHTING THE SINGER/TRUMPETER’S SKILLS AS INTERPRETER, COMPOSER, AND PRODUCER.
For Immediate Release – Michel Navedo’s BOSSA EP, scheduled for release on August 1, 2015, marks a stunning debut for the trumpeter/singer/composer, and is the result of a decades-long love affair with Brazilian music and the great songwriters of the bossa nova era.
Navedo wears many hats on this project, including producer, composer, arranger, trumpeter, and vocalist. “This album is a natural evolution of my love for this music, and I immersed myself in every detail of the process, from recording and arranging to album art and design,” he explains.
Recorded and mixed by long-time collaborator Robb Davidson, Navedo’s solo debut features his band of world-class players, including guitarist Jason Goessl, bassist Birch Pereira, and drummer Dave Bush. There are special guest appearances by Josh Rawlings of Macklemore and Simon Lucas of the Von Trapps, who both recorded a last-minute addition of the beloved Brazilian classic ”Summer Samba.”
In terms of material, BOSSA contains four bossa nova gems, plus one original composition featured as a sublime solo guitar performance. Navedo purposefully kept the instrumentation minimal to spotlight the incredible song writing inherent in these compositions.
BOSSA’s seductive bossa nova rhythms, and eloquent jazz harmonies, are accentuated by Navedo’s own captivating vocal performance and sensuous tone on the trumpet. “I’ve always been infatuated with the great singers of the jazz era, and strive to emulate their tone both on the trumpet and off. The warmth and breath are essential to creating a mood within my sound,” he says.
Navedo frames the disc with two Jobim classics — “Fotografia” and “Meditation.”
The infectious duet “Fotografia features the alluring voice of acclaimed Brazilian songstress Adriana Giordano. Navedo's arrangement of this oft overlooked Jobim classic from 1959 was inspired by a recording of a duet by Nara Leão and Jobim. The song speaks of two lovers meeting on a terrace at sunset, later escaping to a bar where the band is playing the same old love song, and then...that kiss! "Here Jobim is recounting one of the most beautiful feelings we can have in life, that intoxicating moment when two people meet and fall in love,” Navedo enthuses. Atop the subtle samba groove, Navedo adds a sensuous trumpet solo lending to the song's overall intoxicating and seductive mood.
“Meditation” (Meditacão), written in 1962 by Newton Mendoça with lyrics by Antonio Carlos Jobim, is another timeless contemplation on love. Navedo’s affection for the music of Jobim is evident in his tender vocal delivery, his tone having often been compared to João Gilberto’s own understated and alluring style.
On “O Grande Amor,” Navedo reinterprets the story of lost love written by Vinicius DeMoraes and Jobim. His evocative improvisation on trumpet leads the listener on a seductive journey, delivering a heartfelt interpretation of this tale of a soul who finds redemption through learning to forgive.
On “Summer Samba,” the rhythm section bounces and swings through a classic by Marcos Valle from 1964. The lyrics speak of love at first sight, with Navedo’s effervescent vocal delivery providing a clue as to the romantic and sexual tension revealed in the song.
The elegant rendition of Navedo’s composition, “A Love for All of Time”, features a masterful solo guitar performance by long-time collaborator Jason Goessl, creating a truly tender and romantic instrumental interlude for the album.
Listening to BOSSA and diving into Navedo’s soul-stirring interpretations of these Brazilian classics will surely delight and leave listeners clamoring for more from this bright star of the resurgent bossa nova scene.