ItacuruÁŠ


ARTIST: Pamela Driggs
Vocal: Pamela Driggs
Acoustic & Electric Guitar: Romero Lubambo
Piano & Fender Rhodes: Paulo Calasans
Electric Bass: Marcelo Mariano
Acoustic Bass: Nilson Matta
Drums & Percussion: Teo Lima
Drums: Duduka Da Fonseca
Shaker: Romero Lubambo
Chorus: Romero, Paulo, Junior, Marcelo, Teo, Sushi
Strings Arrangement & Keyboard: Philippe Saisse

RECORDING:
Produced by Atsushi ďSUSHIĒ Kosugi
Recorded at AR Estudio, Rio de Janeiro, Knoop Recording, NJ & Valerian Studio, NY
Recorded by Roy Hendrickson, Manfred Knoop & Christian Wicht
Mixed by Roy Hendrickson at Studio R, Avatar Studios, NY
Assistant Engineer : Theo Mares (AR Estudio)
Mastered by Hiroshi Kawasaki (FLAIR)at Victor Studio

DESCRIPTION:
On ItacuruÁŠ, Pamela's second album, Romero returns with a rich cast of talented musicians. The son of arranger Cesar Camargo Mariano, Marcelo Mariano plays bass on the album. Cesar did the song arrangement on Pamela's first album. That makes two generations of Marianos who have supported Pamela's efforts. Other musicians include: Teo Lima (drums & percussion), the original drummer for Djavan; Paulo Calasans (piano), producer of many young Brazilian artists; and Romero's Trio Da Paz regulars Duduka Da Fonseca (drums) and Nilson Matta (bass).

ItacuruÁŠ (pronounced Itakurusa) is a sunny, beach town located just an hour and a half drive south of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. There is a house that Romero Lubambo's father built that Pamela loves to visit in ItacuruÁŠ. The magical surroundings make for an unforgettable experience every time she visits the house. Fond memories, as well as the beauty & energy of the locale, are expressed in these songs.

ADDITIONAL ALBUM NOTES:

  1. Take Five
    This is the classic song by the late Paul Desmond. It is not often that you hear a samba version of it. Pamela scats ever so lightly above the strongest Brazilian rhythm section imaginable, comprised of Teo Lima on drums, Marcelo Mariano on bass, Paulo Calasans on piano, and Romero Lubambo.
  2. Batucada Surgiu
    This famous song was composed by the Brazilian brothers, Marcos and Paulo Sergio Valle. "Batucada Surgiu" literally means, "the samba band is coming." Pamela's voice and the band's relentless rhythm beckon all listeners to the streets of Rio.
  3. Noites no Rio (Night in Rio)
    romero wrote this song with lyrics by Romero's uncle, Ilvamar, who is a famous Carnival designer in Brazil. Beyond the beauty of the melody, you can hear Pamela's longing for the city in the lyrics, which are about the beauty of Rio de Janeiro. Even if you cannot understand Portuguese, you can still sense this yearning. The song was recorded in Rio when Pamela & Romero's long time collaborators and New York resident / Brazilian musicians Nilson Matta and Duduka Da Fonseca were in town.
  4. Samba do Avi„o
    This is Antonio Carlos Jobim's classic. Pamela and Romero perform this song often when they perform together as a duo.
  5. Love Me Like a Man
    This song is a bluesy departure for Pamela. It is a cover of the song sung by Bonnie Raitt. Paulo Calasans sets the tone with his Fender Rhodes intro. Everyone lets the mood drive the music in a very relaxed fashion.
  6. ItacuruÁŠ
    This is the title track about the fond memories of the beautiful house Pamela stays in while visiting ItacuruÁŠ. It delivers upbeat Bossa Nova rhythms.
  7. Agua de Beber
    This song title can be translated as "water to drink." Bass player Nilson Matta and Romero back up Pamela. Romero plays a solo with a fretless guitar during the bridge, which adds a different feel.
  8. Nature's Beauty
    This beautiful ballad was written by Pamela and Romero for their now 5-year old daughter, Luisa.
  9. Leiloca
    This song was written as a follow up to a very popular track called "Re: Joyce" from Romero's album "Love Dance,Ē on which Pamela participated as a guest vocalist. The finely honed performance chemistry between Pamela and Romero is what makes this work so well.
  10. Vivo Sonhando (Dreamer)
    This album contains three of Antonio Carlos Jobim's compositions. This track also is a classic. Pamela sings in both English and Portuguese.
  11. Imagination
    The album concludes quietly with a duet. Here, Pamela and Romero do a classic song by American composers Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke.

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