by Constance Tucker
Described in the New York Times as both the ‘Sarah Vaughan and the Ella Fitzgerald of Brazil’, vocal legend Leny Andrade’s intimate duo with elite NYC guitarist Roni Ben-Hur is a soul stirring collection of beloved sambas, bossa novas and boleros which have never before been recorded by this great artist.
Alegria de Viver (Joy of Living), her new CD for Motema, is wonderful documentation of stirring music by some of the greatest Brazilian composers and includes Andrade’s first recording of the Antonio Jobim classic ‘Dindi’.
Joined by guitarist Roni Ben-Hur who joined her in the studio in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in January, 2014, he brings to the meld a perfect duet partner for Andrade. A very intimate in the room “sitting together” approach, Leny is at her best, aged; yet supple – that is when true beauty happens in music, that experience can never be matched or replaced. Leny and Hur create a delightful listen from celebratory to intimate and deeply moving. A recommended listen and add to your collection must.
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