Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection is an innovative collection of 12 beloved vocal recordings re-experienced through new samba and bossa nova arrangements created by iconic Brazilian musicians and The Berman Brothers. It's the perfect summer soundtrack and includes first single, "Lovely Day (Studio Rio Version)" by Bill Withers with Studio Rio.
The album blends performances from Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, Sly & The Family Stone, The Isley Brothers, Mel Tormé, Nina Simone, Johnny Nash, Dave Brubeck with Carmen McRae, Andy Williams and Sarah Vaughan with authentic backing arrangements played by Studio Rio, an all-star cast of Brazilian musical pioneers, including Latin Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award winner Roberto Menescal and Brazilian musical legend Marcos Valle.
The digital album (iTunes) and 12" LP are available now, with a CD release following on June 23.
The Berman Brothers have a long history of coupling classic and contemporary sounds from around the world, including Rhythms Del Mundo, a cross-cultural album summit that fused an all-star cast of Cuban musicians including Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo of the Buena Vista Social Club with US and UK artists and superstars such as U2, Coldplay, Sting, Jack Johnson, Maroon5, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs and others.
Working on Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection project, the Berman Brothers sought out the original multi-track masters and utilized an all-new, state-of-the-art separation technology from Science of Sounds to extract exquisitely pristine and detailed vocals. The newly isolated vocals were then melded with brand-new, authentic backing arrangements played by Studio Rio, an all-star cast of Brazilian musical pioneers from the bossa nova and samba genres, including Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Roberto Menescal and Brazilian musical legend Marcos Valle.