Wanda Sa CDs, By Year
Wanda Sa Com Joao Donato
Sa and Donato are joined by Robertinho Silva (Drums and Percussion), J.t. Meirelles ( Tenor Sax and Flute), Jamil Joanes (Bass) and Kazuo Yoshida (Percussion).
Domingo Azul Do Mar
Bossa Entre Amigos
Wanda Sa & Bossa Tres
Eu E a Musica
Roberto Menescal, a pioneer composer and
performer of Bossa Nova, and his long-time partner Wanda Sa, offer a delightful
selection of classic Brazilian jazz selections including some of Menescal's
well-known compositions and those of the "grand master", Antonio Carlos "Tom"
Jobim. Their guitars and voices blend wonderfully and create the light, breezy
familiar style that has become their trademark. I have had the privlege of
seeing and hearing them live and meeting them personally and I have found that
the genuine warmth, Brazilian passion and friendliness they showed to me is
conveyed effectively through their music. Though well-known in Brazil, many
international audiences, especially in the U.S., Europe and Asia are only now
discovering one of Brazil's greatest musical national treasures. Listen once,
and you too will know that you have found something very special.
--an Amazon reviewer
In an age where music can be pirated with relative ease, the odds of certain cherished LP albums ever getting re-mastered are starting to get as likely as a winning lottery ticket. When this reviewer discovered that the smoky voice of the lovely Wanda De Sah and her excellent album "Softly" was finally getting the fine treatment with a new import release, I hit the ceiling. Then I demanded I get to talk about this album. Without artists like Wanda De Sah there might never have been a Pink Martini or a Pepe and the Bottle Blondes. Lounge culture might have suffered. The Bossa Nova influence over the lounge scene in the 60's is not debatable. The fusion of Brazilian rhythm ideas with contemporary vocals made many artists real names in a burgeoning period of crossover success stories. Wanda de Sah, a real girl from Ipanema, and a talented guitarist of the Bossa sound in her own right, followed the success of her exposure as a featured artist in Sergio Mendes' Brazil '65 ensemble with a solid solo effort in "Softly."
Young fans of the Ultra Lounge series will recognize Wanda's name from several quality recordings that appear on that Grammy winning CD set, but this is the CD to own. With tunes like "Ho Ba La La" and "Samba de Orfeu" the singer's voice both tempts and excites you. This is a well-planned recording, with material from such big name Bossa Nova giants as Tom Jobim, Vinicius, and Carlos Lyra. "So Danco Samba" might be regarded as the best track historically, but there's equal appeal in pieces like "Corcovado" and "Once I Loved." Some of the songs are in English, and the playful, airy, international voice that so impressed Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole's agent is alive and well with digital re-mastering. The Portuguese tracks create a sense of art that modern Bossa artists are always reaching for, and the arrangements of Jack Marshall on this album are endearing to the ears. --an Amazon reviewer