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In her native Brazil, Rosa Passos is known and loved as “a feminine João Gilberto.” For a singer/songwriter who carries the soulful cool of bossa nova into a new age, there can be no higher compliment. Mingling the classics of Gilberto, Jobim, Barroso and other masters of Brazilian song with her own enchanting works, Passos sings in a sweet, warm, totally-in-tune voice that the Los Angeles Times has hailed as “sounding a bit like the legendary Elis Regina but with the rhythmic articulation of Ella Fitzgerald.”

That voice and that style, which Brazilian fans have known for years, are pleasures international audiences are now getting to know a little better. Rosa Passos signed to record for Sony Classical/Odyssey in 2004, and her label debut Amorosa features songs included on João Gilberto's classic 1977 album Amoroso, along with other titles closely associated with him, as well as a Gershwin favorite (”'S Wonderful”), the sensuous Spanish classic “Besame Mucho” and her own tribute to Gilberto, “Essa é pr'o João.” Plans are underway for an international tour, to follow the album's release.

The new collaboration with Sony Classical/Odyssey and the release of Amorosa come in the wake of two powerful collaborations Passos enjoyed with cellist Yo-Yo Ma for the label, on the double-Grammy-winning Obrigado Brazil and its sequel Yo-Yo Ma Obrigado Brazil Live in Concert. (Jazz clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera and percussionist Cyro Baptista, who also appeared on these recordings, join a gallery of stellar Brazilian jazz musicians as Passos's guest artists on Amorosa.) Following the release of Obrigado Brazil, the singer/songwriter joined Ma and the other musicians from the recording on a critically acclaimed world tour.

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Album Romance by Rosa Passos

Romance

Telarc Records
2008

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Rosa

Columbia
2006

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Album Amorosa by Rosa Passos

Amorosa

Sony Music
2004

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Album Entre Amigos by Rosa Passos

Entre Amigos

Chesky Records
2003

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Festa

Columbia
0

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