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Bahia Com 'H'

29/04/2022Altercat Records Release First-Ever Vinyl Reissue Of Brazilian Singer Maria De Fátima's Only Solo Album From 1981

"Ethereal, sensual, subtle," are the opening words of producer, journalist and"living jazz encyclopedia" Arnaldo DeSouteiro, who authored the extensive liner notes to this essential and first vinyl reissue of Brazilian singer Maria de Fátima's only solo album "Bahia com H". Originally recorded in Uruguay in 1981, "where she had settled with her then husband, the synthesizer wizard and producer Hugo Fattoruso, the album combines Maria's own compositions with her unique takes on some Brazilian classics by Ary Barroso, Denis Brean, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, [blending] elements of Candombe, provided in part by an all-star lineup of Uruguayan musicians."

Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1953, over the course of her career, this "muse from Tijuca" worked alongside artists such as Milton Nastimento, Gilberto Gil, Arthur Verocai, Airto Moreira & Flora Purim, Chico Buarque and Lincoln Olivetti, to name a few, but also "became a mythological figure on the Californian music scene in the second half of the 1970s." 

On "Bahia com H", Maria's spellbinding voice soars over the airy synth lines and audacious keyboard playing of Hugo Fattoruso, bold and explorative yet rarely demanding center stage. "There is a high dose of originality, an inebriating aesthetic transparency, which explains the great interest in the album by Brazilian music enthusiasts in Japan," the liner notes reveal. Slapping bass lines, resplendent chord patterns and scintillating percussive grooves cross paths with pensive, joyful, but also irresistibly playful arrangements, radiating warm and soulful ingenuity.

You can stream/buy the full release on the Altercat Bandcamp page or website. Easy breezy. 

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom