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Susan Pereira: Press

about TUDO AZUL

Tudo Azul was voted Best Debut CD of 2007 by Ken Dryden (All Music Guide, Coda, All About Jazz New York and Hot House) in the 2007 Village Voice Jazz Critic's Poll.
"Truly amazing!! The real deal."
"With the incredible output of jazz CDs by new artists in the first decade of the 21st century, it is a challenge for someone to stand out with a debut recording. But vocalist/pianist/composer Susan Pereira, gifted with a beautiful voice, terrific keyboard chops and a knack for arranging, is the exception to the rule . . . Highly recommended!"
"Pereira and her group look at the bigger picture of Brazilian Jazz on Tudo Azul, delivering a solid set of music that authentically connects with Brazilian music and jazz on many levels. As both a pianist and vocalist, Pereira demonstrates a deep connection to the nuances of each style’s rhythmic structure . . . There’s never any doubt about her place within the genre; the rhythm section could disappear and Pereira’s phrasing would still sound solidly Brazilian at its core . . . Pereira displays impressive songwriting abilities at every turn, capturing the necessary harmonic complexity of a jazz context while staying melodically and rhythmically rooted in Brazilian culture . . . outstanding . . . breathtaking . . ."
" . . . Pereira is an exceptionally gifted musician who sings with grace and perfect pitch, plays with passion and flair, and writes beautifully . . . Tudo Azul (All Blue) refers to the Brazilian saying that “everything’s cool,” and it’s a perfect title for a CD full of sunshine and irresistible grooves . . . a wonderful release, beautifully played and produced, and an absolute must-have for fans of Brazilian jazz."
Tudo Azul, by Susan Pereira and Sabor Brasil, is a stellar collection of soul-felt performances, beautiful compositions, great arrangements and inspired playing that is sure to move you deeply.”
Alfredo Cruz, radio producer and former on-air host at NPR, KLON/KJJZ-FM, and WBGO-FM
" . . . New York-based Sabor Brasil tills the fertile ground where Brazilian music meets jazz . . . Pianist, composer and singer Susan Pereira has a voice that is silky and supple . . ."
Marty Lipp - Newark Star-Ledger
" . . . an energized romp, very gloriously arranged, and Susan Pereira sings with a lot of brio . . . "
Howard Mandel, jazz journalist
" . . . an exciting band . . .featuring Pereira's lilting vocals and beautiful guitar work from Lubambo . . ."
" . . . a terrific Brasilian CD!"
Brad Stone, Music Director, KSJS-FM (San Jose, CA)
“ . . . she's awesome.”
Margaret LePique, Music Programming Coordinator, KPFK-FM (Los Angeles, CA)
"Excellent CD . . . a strong singer with perfect intonation"
David Heymann, host of "Canta Brasil", KKUP-FM (San Francisco, CA)
"A superb vocalist, an accomplished pianist and percussionist and the force behind the ensemble Sabor Brasil . . .Tudo Azul is a wonderful debut album. The repertoire selection is well balanced, and the musicians' performances under Susan Pereira's creativity and guidance are stellar."
" . . . a very polished piece of work; with so many jazz singers dabbling in Brazil's traditions it's good to see a few who've committed to digging deeper."
Matthew Finch, Music Director, KUNM-FM (Albuquerque, NM)
“ . . . truly a wonderful album.”
Randy Morse, Producer/Host of "The Best of Brazil", KZUM-FM (Lincoln, NE)
"a warm breeze . . . a great find."