Released On: Apr 24, 2007
Released By: Six Degrees
Bebel Gilberto's sweet, soulful blend of Brazilian and international music took the world by surprise with the release of Tanto Tempo in 2000. Daughter of singer Miúcha and founding father of bossa nova João Gilberto, Bebel grasped the reigns of her musical career early on, driving her inner muse. She hand crafted her own unique style in New York City, combining Brazilian Pop, European sophistication, and cutting edge Electronica, working with artists as varied as rocker David Byrne, Tropicalia star Caetano Veloso, Japanese electronic artist Towa Tei (Deee Lite), and the downtempo Thievery Corporation duo. While Tanto Tempo became the third biggest selling Brazilian album in US chart history, it also earned her two Latin Grammy nominations for Best Brazilian Album and Best New Artist. Her self-titled follow-up in 2004 was an enchanting slice of acoustic simplicity to behold.
Bebel Gilberto is back with her third solo album, Momento, a representation of a moment in time. "I took a lot of risks: trying different approaches, experimenting with sounds...it reflects who I am now, as a person and as an artist." Bebel delivers three impressive covers: the percussive "Caçada" (originally written by her uncle and famed songwriter Chico Buarque), a Caribbean-inspired "Tranquilo" (written by young Rio producer Kassin), and a mellow bossa version of Cole Porter's classic "Night And Day" with unexpected bass bursts. She collaborated with musicians, Guy Sigsworth, The Brazilian Girls, and 19-piece Orquestra Imperial in their respective cities of London, New York and Rio de Janeiro. Co-written by Sabina Sciubba and Didi Gutman of the Brazilian Girls, the ever-infectious "Bring Back The Love" seamlessly integrates Bebel's whispering vocals and a funky house beat, augmented by a Batucada outro. Momento continues Gilberto's upward momentum. It nods to her rich musical background, using it as a springboard for her own ineffable global vision. Welcome to this Momento.