Lisa Ono

Namorada

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For those who appreciate the bossa nova, Lisa Ono is a name to be discovered. Of Japanese descent, this Brazilian singer's love for bossa can be properly known through this album. Being a young performer, she keeps herself within the traditional bossa boundaries regarding the accurate, harmonically sophisticated violão playing, the short, well-intoned voice, the romantic approach to music, and the overall delicacy of concept.

The arrangements are sensitively designed, covering several textures; joined in three songs by harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans, he himself a longtime Brazilian music lover already engaged in several projects around that country's musical production, Ono also performs solo accompanied by his own violão or with Brazilian experienced musicians from the current choro generation Maurício Carrilho (violão/arrangements) and Pedro Amorim (tenor guitar). In other tracks, she is alternatively helped by an acoustic bass, a piano, or a trombone, being the final result a varied landscape where the dominant element is discretion.

Delivering romantic bossa classics such as "Ah! Se Eu Pudesse," "Minha Namorada," "Pela Luz Dos Olhos Teus," or "O Que É amar," Lisa Ono presents a respectful tribute for a distinctive Brazilian style especially suited for tender, soothing moments.