At 75 years of age, Roberto Menescal, is a true veteran of bossa nova. His musical career has spanned several decades and has seen him become one of the most important figures in the history of the genre. His influence is not limited to his own career though, as he has helped develop the career of several artists in the role of record producer. His collaboration with singer Andrea Amorim on the album, “Bossa de Alma Nova”, follows this tradition but stands out majorly due to the charisma of Amorim.

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Bossa de Alma – Andre Amorium and Roberto Menescal

Often when contemporary artists collaborate with pioneers they are pressured by lofty expectations. This can be externally motivated or self-inflicted but the result is often the same. The artist is usually stifled and delivers sub par performances. Fortunately, that is not the case on, “Bossa de Alma Nova.”

Rather than being hampered by working with a great, Amorim seems to relish the opportunity and expresses a freedom seldom seen by artists in her position. Though it is an album dedicated to Menescal and featuring music crafted by him, one always gets the impression that Andrea is allowed to be herself.

Her bright vocal performances are done with confidence and the music matches the singer. Menescal did a wonderful job in creating a musical background just as vibrant as the singer. Both seem to get the best out of each other and draw on another’s energy. The percussion in particular is striking and one of the distinguished features of the music.

Another striking feature of the album is the vocal rhythms that were conjured. Most of the songs on the album feature catchy melodies accentuated by onomatopoeic vocal phrases. This is an element that adds a flavor of uniqueness and unrepressed expression that is very refreshing. “A Morte de um  Deus Sal,” is one track that showcases this element as Andrea, assisted by others, sings an extended session of “OOOO” with the drums and effects increasing in intensity to give the chorus a dramatic effect.

There is always a risk involved with any collaboration, especially with artists from different generations. This one works however, due to the approach adopted from both artists. Menescal makes his presence felt through his contributions but at the same time allows Amorim to express herself freely and this she does. Singing with authority she pays a fitting tribute to her legendary partner.