How to Become
a Carioca

    Postcards from Rio
    People are not pedestrians here, they are targets. Traffic
    signals are basically just a generally vague indication of what you should do; definitely
    not to be assumed that when presented with a red signal that the driver will stop. When
    the traffic banks up and starts to gridlock, the motorists commence an obscure form of
    Morse code with their car horns.


    A-RECORDS (The Netherlands) AL73134 – SANDY CRESSMAN – Homenagem Brasileira
    Sandy Cressman – vocals Marcos Silva – keyboard Celso Alberti – drums David Belove – bass
    Harvey Wainapel – saxophone / clarinetist Special Guests: Carlos Oliveira – guitar Jeff
    Cressman – trombone Marquinhos Brasil – percussion Once in a while, an artist is born with
    an inexplicable connection to a culture far from the artist’s origins. Such is the case
    with vocalist Sandy Cressman. Born in New York City of American parents, but with a
    Brazilian heart, Cressman began her recording career in 1984 with the highly acclaimed
    vocal trio Pastiche, in which she continues to perform with till this day.

    In 1992, Sandy began her solo career in parallel with her trio, performing a mixture of
    jazz, Brazilian and her original songs. Sandy went on to record with such varied musicians
    as Ray Obiedo, Pete Escovedo and Eddie Money. Her love of languages and world music have
    led her to become a much-in-demand session vocalist for artists such as Orquesta Candela
    (Salsa in Spanish), Rebeca Mauleon (Cuban Jazz, in Spanish and Yoruba), Price Ayo
    (Nigerian pop in Yoruba), and Jai Uttal (Indian fusion in Hindu and Sanskrit).

    But Sandy’s strongest affinity is for the music and culture of Brazil. Keyboardist
    Marcos Silva, formerly musical director for Flora Purim and Airto, and has two CD’s out on
    Concord Records, "White and Black" and "Here We Go". Marcos has also
    worked with Toninho Horta, Bud Shank, Paquito d’Rivera and Ricardo Silveira. Drummer Celso
    Alberti has played and recorded with numerous jazz and Brazilian artists including Flora
    Purim and Airto, Jose Neto, Herbie Mann, Madeline Eastman and Terra Sul. Bassist David
    Belove is the Bay Area’s most prominent Latin and Brazilian bass player, and has worked
    with Pete and Sheila Escovedo, Tito Puente, the Machete Ensemble, Claudia Gomez as well as
    jazz artists Joe Henderson, Max Roach and Dizzy Gillespie. Saxophonist Harvey Wainapel
    recently released his critically acclaimed CD (AL73061 Ambrosia: The Music of Kenny
    Barron) on A-Records as well. He is a well-known artist on the European festival circuit
    and has worked with such notables as McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, Ray Charles and more.

    Homenagem Brasileira (Homage to Brazil) is a musical journey through the rich
    world of the great composers and artists of Brazilian jazz, including compositions by Ivan
    Lins, Dori Caymmi, Milton Nascimento, Jobim, Gilberto Gil, Djavan and others. This
    recording also pays homage to great vocalists such as Nana Caymmi and Elis Regina and
    arranger César Camargo Mariano. The CD celebrates the many styles and colors of Brazilian
    jazz—from bossa nova to samba and partido alto. Most importantly,
    the music speaks with passion, emotion and saudade.

    BLACK SAINT, SOUL NOTE, CHALLENGE, & A-RECORDS are represented in the US and Canada
    by EUROJAZZ MARKETING. Tel: 800.943.3211, Fax: 916.739.6321, e-mail:  Be sure to visit
    our Websites:  & 

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