Produced by Kleber Jorge & Mike Shapiro
Recorded at Schnee Studio, North Hollywood CA
Recorded & Mixed by Bill Schnee
Assistant Engineer - Rick Ruggieri
Mastered by Paul Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood CA
Covers Photography by Luciana Faria, MG Brazil
Covers Design Consulting by Margot Dolewska Dyer, 416 Studios, London UK
Arranged by the band except Lovely Day (arranged by Mike Shapiro & Jamieson Trotter)
Horn arrangements by Scott Mayo
String arrangements by Jamieson Trotter
Fabiana Passoni - Voice
Kleber Jorge - Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Cavaquinho
Mike Shapiro - Drums & Percussion
Jamieson Trotter - Piano, Wurlitzer & Fender Rhodes
Bill Cantos - Piano & Keyboards (Lovin’ You & Rock With You)
Hussain Jiffry - Bass
Gibi - Percussion
Scott Mayo - C Flute, Alto Flute, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax
Lee Thornburg - Trumpet, Flugelhorn (Rock With You)
Jamelle Williams - Flugelhorn (Lovin’ You)
Francisco Torres - Trombone (Rock With You)
Dawn Bishop, Catina DeLuna, Bill Cantos, Scott Mayo, Kleber Jorge & Fabiana Passoni - Background Vocals
Conductor - Peter Rotter, Violins - Caroline Campbell (Principle), Tammy Hatwan, Serena McKinney, Alyssa Park,
Katia Popov & Tereza Stanislav Violas - Brian Dembow (Principle) Shawn Mann & Dave Walther Celli - Steve Erdody (Principle), Dennis Karmazyn & Cecilia Tsan
Los Angeles (January 2013) – Using samba and bossa nova rhythms with her distinct velvety voice, internationally renowned Brazilian star Fabiana Passoni injects the Brazilian pulse into remakes of seven (7) Billboard Hot 100 1970s/80s hits. The charted success of the precursor to the EP Lovin’ You (released as a single) has been heard on jazz and adult contemporary radio stations in the U.S. and across the globe. Release of this EP begins a new year for Fabiana after a successful 2012 with her recognition as Best Brazilian female singer living outside Brazil in the U.S. by the 2012 Brazilian International Press Awards, cast member of the hit musical Loving the Silent Tears, and a special sold-out performance to a hometown crowd in Poços de Caldas, Brazil.
Traditionally a Latin Jazz artist, Fabiana Passoni’s passionate voice and gambit of Brazilian rhythms transcend genres with Dim The Lights. Her live performances are a celebration of Brazilian soul and culture - rich in percussion and expression with a relentless zeal for life. These “remakes” in bossa nova, baião, and samba complement the rest of her playlist of original songs in Portuguese. Local performances in southern California are planned as well as a late spring/summer tour throughout the United States. Cities and dates will be announced soon.
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From the first track, her connection with the songs is clearly evident, the personal touch she puts in each of them, sounds so natural integrated with the original, that all these hits live a new melodic life going beyond the English lyrics. Her voice is so expressive painting feelings and moods, that anything she sings transcends the barrier of language.
"Lovin You" preserves the grace of the original song, a melodious "Magic" continues the Brazilian breeze in a higher register, followed by a lively jazzy orchestrated "You'll Never Find". "Lovely Day' is the most intimate song of the set showing a superb balance between voice and instruments. Surprisingly Michael Jackson's "Rock With You" becomes a joyful radiant bossa, while on "Ain't Nobody" the singer adds a soft dramatic inflection. Carpenters's hit "Close To You" ends this delightful album on an unforgettable magical note.
-- jazzworldquest 2013 Review