Tania Maria Tempo

Star Brazilian pianist/vocalist Tania Maria is accompanied only by bassist Eddie Gomez on this charming disc. Her rich and slightly husky voice is showcased on the opening three tracks, with a version of Jobim gem "A Chuva Caiu" a highlight. Things turn more instrumental from there, with Maria showing her compositional skills on four original numbers. These tunes are subtle and understated, but with the airy melodies that make the intersection of Brazilian music and jazz such a charming place. There's a nice variety at play here as well, from the New Orleans blues feel of "Yeah Man" to the samba-styled "Dear Dee Vee." Gomez played extensively with Bill Evans, and his playing and improvisational approach are equally convincing. (Naive)