|1||Samba e Amor||04:02|
|4||Flor de Liz||04:12|
|5||Ladeira de Preguica||02:58|
|7||Chuvas de Verao||03:09|
|8||Pra que discutir com Madame||02:38|
|13||Samba do Aviao||04:02|
With their second CD, the three musicians of the group Saudade Nove travel once more in the great cultural heart of Brazil. There, they find in the Samba Cançao and Samba Choro the roots of Bossa Nova. They look back to the time before Garota de Ipanema and João Gilberto, in the dance halls of the Portuguese colonial time where the bolero arose and finally fixed the view on the contemporary sizes of popular Brazilian music.
The songs on “Pousar” are all classics, and the compositions carry big names: Chico Buarque, Djavan, João Bosco, Tom Jobim, and Luiz Bonfá. In Europe, they are the “Trouvaillen” (pearls) of Brazilian songbooks, for whose arrangement Saudade Nova goes down Brazilian paths. The old sambas and canções are newly and diversely reoffered. They sound sophisticated, sometimes edgy and superbly playful. With pieces from recent pop music, on the other hand, the ensemble concern themselves with the native acoustic tradition of Samba. With that, Saudade Nova is not only a cultural intermediary between Brazil and middle Europe but also between generations and styles of different eras of Brazilian music.
The lightweight, floating, Portuguese singing of the Swiss singer Thomas-Maria Reck, the jazzy, sophisticated acoustic guitar playing of Max Zentawer, and the airy, dynamic game of percussionist and drummer Arno Pfunder melt into one unit of sound that exquisitely reflects the richness, the beauty, and the elegance of this music.
The ensemble stays true to themselves in the orchestration: only drums and guitar (no bass) imbed the singing. This also makes the sound of Saudade Nova unmistakeable. The pieces sound bouncy, groovy, and light. With grace and desire (Saudade), they recall so many an atmospheric sunset on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, and thus, they stand completely in the tradition of the two forefathers of Bossa Nova, João Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim.
With Friedemann Witecka and his decade-long experience with acoustic world music, the trio could once more undertake a congenial “sound director” for the record. After the prosperous and critically-acclaimed first CD “Triança”, “Pousar” is a broader sound highlight from the house of Vollton.