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Rio Bahia

Rio Bahia
Joyce & Dori Caymmi

Joyce Has Collaborated with Some of the Finest Musicians in Brazil, Yet as She Looks Back at her Career She Recognises the Importance to her of Composer, Guitarist and Arranger, Dori Caymmi and So it is with Dori that She Presents "Rio Bahia". The Album features Original Material from Dori and Joyce, as Well as Some Re-recordings of a Few Standards. It also features New Songwriting Partnerships: Dori with Chico Buarque and Joyce with Carlos Lyra. Dori Returns with String Arrangements in Addition to Singing on Most Tracks. Joyce: "Rio Bahia is a Passionate Love Chant of Myself and Dori, Two Old-school Cariocas (Rio Natives), to their Rio/Bahia Roots. This Album is a Tale of Two Cites, Both Beautiful but Both Suffering with the Challenges of Metropolitan Modern Life". Joyce is Described by Antonio Carlos Jobim as "One of the Greatest Singers of all Time". --album description

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Joyce is an acclaimed Singer-Songwriter & Guitarist
From Brazil
working with MPB, bossa nova and jazz

Banda Maluca
ust a Little Bit Crazy)


Joyce's albums just keep getting better and better - most performers, after 30 years or more in the business, begin to show some signs (quite naturally) of fading a bit in their energy level or creativity. Joyce appears to just continue to get stronger - and her penchant for innovation shows no signs of letting up. Joined on this recording by Norwegian keyboard great Bugge Wesseltoft, Joyce is also accompanied by the ever-present, incredibly talented and tasteful Tutty Moreno on drums; Teco Cardoso on flutes and saxes; Nailor Proveta on alto clarinet and sax; and a welcome return by Rodolfo Stroetter on acoustic and electric bass. Robertinho Silva completes the ensemble with deft touches on various percussives. All of the tunes here were written or co-written by Joyce, with three exceptions. Joyce's compositional abilities continue to mature and grow - and that's a wonderful thing. It shows that she still loves her work with all of her heart and soul, and she pours every bit of herself into doing it. Her phrasing is perfect and completely natural - nothing comes across as forced or cloying. That aspect alone makes her music a joy to experience - and coupled with her sense of melody, rhythm, and an innate ability and need to 'push the envelope', she keeps her listeners both entertained and delighted with the roads down which she leads them. --an Amazon reviewer

Joyce CDs: By Year

Passarinho Urbano

Serie Estreia

This is a much welcome reissue of Brazilian singer/guitarist Joyce's first solo album from 1968. She had first apprenticed herself to bossa nova legend Vinicius De Moraes, but then was poised to become one of the new voices for a renewal of Brazilian jazz that would transcend the Vegas-y cabaret affectations that typified much of the pre-tropicalia bossa acts. This album is still stuck in many of the musical habits of the time, framing her as just another richly-toned "girl" vocalist, cooing over some mildly intrusive orchestral arrangements (her guitar playing is, sadly, not much in evidence...) Yet Joyce's strengths as a songwriter and singer come through loud and clear. Anyone interested in the development of modern Brazilian pop might want to snap this hard-to-find album up while it's still back in print. --an reviewer

Gafieira Moderna
Gafieira Moderna (Enhanced)

The singer and composer Joyce released the long awaited CD Gafieira Moderna, in Brazil, with Biscoito Fino. It came out in Europe in June of 2001 on the English label Far Out. Recorded and mixed in eight days in Rio, Gafieira Moderna has an interactive cut in CD ROM with the making of the recording (in English) filmed in Rio by an English team run by Peter Williams. The CD had a three-page review in the magazine Straight no Chaser, from England, where it was considered “as important for Brazilian music as Buena Vista Social Club is for Cuban music.” Gafieira Moderna is almost completely written by Joyce - the ten songs are hers, with or without partners, and 80% of the lyrics are also written by her. The CD has special participation by the singer Elza Soares, who Joyce calls the queen of samba and gafieira, on the cut Samba da Silvia, that has lyrics from the poet Silvia Sangirardi. Pega Leve is a samba about the new statutes of gafieira; Forças D`AlmaM is dedicated to Clemetina de Jesus, Pixinguinha, Baden Powell and Moacir Santos; Quatro Elementos (with Paulo Cesar Pinheiro) is pure gafieira, with wind and rhythm instruments. And those are just some of the cuts.--Biscoito Fino

Tudo Bonito
with João Donato

Astronauta: Songs Of Elis

With only two exceptions, all the songs on this album are Brazilian classics made famous in the '60s and '70s by the brilliantly mercurial singer Elis Regina, who died tragically in 1982 at age 37. The well-known Brazilian singer-guitarist-composer known simply as Joyce, one of Regina's best songwriting friends, reintroduces Elis's repertoire with the eminently tasteful assistance of American jazz saxophonist Joe Lovano and pianist Mulgrew Miller. Concentrating on the subtleties of Brazilian harmony rather than percussion, Astronauta is a sophisticated uptown take on classic material ranging from samba primitivist Ary Barroso's "Aquarelo do Brasil" (made famous by Carmen Miranda) to a rare English-language version of Antonio Carlos Jobim's exquisite "Waters of March." By emphasizing the music's strength, clarity, and intelligence, Joyce paints a telling, tearless portrait of Elis Regina. --Richard Gehr (

The Essential Joyce: 1970 - 1996

Joyce has a signature style of playing and singing, covering the range from introspective to euphoric. It's great brazilian jazz but in her own style. --an reviewer

Chant Antonio Carlos Jobim
E Vinicius De Moraes
(Sings Antonio Carlos Jobim
And Vinicius De Moraes)

Encontro Marcado

Japanese exclusive CD release for the international recording star whose songs have been covered by Flora Purim, Milton Nascimento, Elis Regina, Gal Costa, Simone, Wallace Roney, and others. 11 tracks.

Joyce Links
Joyce Interview (by Bruce Gilman)

Also See:
Ana Martins
Samba Sincopado
Joyce's daughter interprets sambas
recorded by Nara Leao

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