Ana Moura – Desfado
Ana Moura ‘s fifth album ‘Desfado‘ features Herbie Hancock and his Fender Rhodes on ‘Dream of Fire’ and a cover of Joni Mitchell track ‘A Case of You’.
Track listing1.Desfado – 2:352.A Case Of You (Joni Mitchell) – 5:033.Até Ao Verão – 4:084.Havemos De Acordar – 5:185.Thank You – 3:566.E Tu Gostavas De Mim – 2:467.Amor Afoito – 4:058.Fado Alado – 4:209.A Minha Estrela – 2:4810.A Fadista – 4:1211.Quando O Sol Espreitar De Novo – 4:3012.Com A Cabeça Nas Nuvens – 2:1213.Dream Of Fire – 4:2314.Despiu A Saudade – 3:36PersonnelAna Moura – vocalsÂngelo Freire – guitarra portuguesaPedro Soares – iola de fadoAndré Moreira – aixo e contrabaixoJoão Gomes – tecladosMário Costa – bateria e percussões David Piltch – BassJay Bellerose – Drums, Percussion Dean Parks – GuitarPatrick Warren – KeyboardsFreddy Koella – Violin Recorded at Henson Recording Studios (Hollywood, CA, USA) 5/2012 Vocals recorded at Market Street Studio (Santa Monica, CA, USA) and at Estudio Pontozurca (Almada, Portugal) 5-9/2012Producer Larry KleinMastered By Bernie GrundmanRecorded / Mixed By Helik HadarPhotography By Isabel PintoArtwork – Ricardo MealhaLabel Universal Music Portugal
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‘Até Ao Verão’, with its stripped down instrumentation, puts her voice front and center — and what a voice it is. Husky and powerful, Moura’s voice is one that tells you a story — even when you don’t speak the language.
Now she has cut her long black hair and travelled to Los Angeles to work with Larry Klein, former producer (and husband) of Joni Mitchell. The result is a pleasant if patchy set. Her singing is exquisite as ever, but the addition of extra instrumentation to the guitar-based fado trio is often a mistake.
The Boston Globe
Singer Ana Moura explores the possibilities of fadoShe embodies, at a high level, modern fado’s duality: Her potent contralto and her traditional fado treatments have earned her Amália comparisons at home — the ultimate connoisseur’s praise. But she has also shared the stage with the Rolling Stones, and one of her big fans is Prince.