Stephanie Ozer | O Começo: New Beginnings in Brazilian Jazz

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O Começo: New Beginnings in Brazilian Jazz

by Stephanie Ozer

Featuring legendary Brazilian vocalist and 2008 Latin Grammy winner Leny Andrade, pianist Stephanie Ozer presents fresh interpretations of Brazilian compositions in groupings from solo piano to full jazz ensemble.
Genre: Latin: Brazilian Jazz
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1. Meu Pais
Ivan Lins
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5:32 album only
2. The Dolphin
Luiz Eca
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6:19 album only
3. Bebé
Hermeto Pascoal
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4:51 album only
4. Ave Rara
Edu Lobu
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4:39 album only
5. O Começo da Festa
Luiz Gonzaga Jr.
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7:43 album only
6. De Ton Pra Tom
Toninho Horta
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4:43 album only
7. Rio
Mesescal, Boscoli
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4:35 album only
8. Bronx to Brasil
Stephanie Ozer
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4:22 album only
9. Forró em Santo André
Hermeto Pascoal
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3:36 album only
10. Noturna
Ivan Lins
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6:21 album only
11. Velho Piano
Dori Caymmi
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5:32 album only
12. Infinite Love
Toninho Horta
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Album Notes
Stephanie released her latest CD, "O Começo, New Beginnings in Brazilian Jazz" in June 2004. Recorded in Rio de Janeiro and Berkeley, California, the CD features compositions with the 2008 Latin Grammy winner and samba jazz legend, vocalist Leny Andrade, and a stellar group of musicians.

In June 2007, Stephanie and her band toured in California with Leny Andrade, who flew from Rio to California for these engagements! Included in their itinerary were sold out opening night performances at the prestigious "Healdsburg Jazz Festival" in lucious northern California wine country, a week long sound feast of jazz luminaries from around the world. The tour concluded with a 3 night run at the renowned Jazz Bakery in LA.

Stephanie holds a Piano Performance degree from the University of Michigan School of Music. In addition to classical performance, she has performed in ensembles of fusion, rock, Klezmer, jazz, swing, Javanese Gamelan, and Brasilan jazz. She worked for a decade with vocalist Kathleen Moore in an award winning jazz duo, opening for Abbey Lincoln and Phoebe Snow in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Other venues Stephanie has performed include, The San Jose Jazz Festival, The Healdsburg Jazz Festival, Michigan Womans' Music Festival, the Vancouver Folk Festival, The National Womans' Music Festival,The Jazz School, Berkeley,CA and LA's Jazz Bakery.

Stephanie is currently heard around the San Francisco Bay Area with her band "O Começo", with the Rio born vocal phenomenon, Claudia Villela, solo and in jazz ensembles.

Besides performing, Stephanie has taught piano for over 20 years, and is the mother of two lovely and lively children.

"Pianist-composer Stephanie an exquisite talent..." - Jesse Chuy Varela , SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE; host of KCSM "Brazilian nights on the bay"

"Stephanie Ozer is a very talented and inspired pianist who has infused her musicality with the Brazilian vibe. Her choice of material, good harmonic taste and sensitive interpretations are a joy to listen to. She has captured the rhythmic drive of samba without losing her beautiful touch at the keys. I totally recommend "O Começo" to all listeners..."- JOVINO SANTOS NETO, Pianist, Composer, Musicologist

"The CD is a romantic album of bossas and sambas, that eloquently displays Ozer's tasteful piano style...elegant and precise... Andrade's throaty singing, delivered with a world-weary moan, tells of depth and experience. When she reaches the aching bridge of Ivan Lins' ballad "Meu Pais" (My Country) or bounces into some light scatting in the upbeat "Rio," the moment is utterly winning... Ozer and guitarist Randy Vincent, who sits in on four tracks, share especially strong rapport. The pair create a gentle rush on Hermeto Pascoal's "Bebé" and seem to play two halves of a continuous solo in "O Começo Da Festa...Ozer has a strong ryhthmic approach with a light touch and subtle harmonies"


" Stephanie's own composition, 'Bronx to Brasil' is a standout, combining unconventional instrumentation with a tight arrangement and fluid harmonies. Also compelling are the tracks featuring Leny Andrade, an excellent resonant alto who serendades in Portugese. Close your eyes, listen to Leny's and Stephanie's collaboration on the opening track, 'Meu Pais', and feel the breeze off of Ipanema Beach"

-Michael Gallant, KEYBOARD MAGAZINE, November Issue, 2005

Stephanie Ozer - Piano (all tracks)

Leny Andrade- Vocals

Nema Antunes- Bass
Mary Fettig - flutes and saxes
Jim Passarell - Trumpet and Flugelhorn
Erivelton Silva - Drums
Phil Thompson- Drums, Percussion
Scott Thompson - Acoustic and Electric Bass
Randy Vincent- Guitar
Roni Von Santos - Percussion

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Kit Eakle

A FABULOUS find! Stephanie has a great rhythmic AND melodic sense.
A 'must have' CD for any musician looking to find inspiration in exploring the rich music of Brazil. A true gem...

Alex Lapidus

Elegant -- My New Favorite
This is such an elegant CD, full of lush music and infectious rhythm, rangin from my obscure favorite Ave Rara to Stephanie's terrific new composition Bronx to Brasil. One of the two best CDs I've heard this year.


fatastic Brazilian Jazz
Wow, this is a great find.
If this is the Beginning of Stephanie in Brazilian Jazz; wow!! I cannot imagine what the sequels will be like.
This is a beautifully performed album; every song flows incredibly, and the addition of Legend and our beloved Leny Andrade is fantastic. Super recommendable!!!!!!!!!

Lorenzo Kristov, Cafe Woeuf

Brazilian music lovers need this CD!
O Começo offers some of the less commonly played gems of the Brazilian songbook, performed with a perfect blend of Stephanie Ozer's fresh and totally engaging piano style with authentic Brazilian rhythms, textures and moods. Graced with the incomparable voice of Leny Andrade and supported by a superb ensemble, Stephanie's new CD will make you listen to it again and again.

Shanna Carlson, San Francisco-based jazz vocalist, composer, pia

Wonderful energy, comping, soloing, arrangements and material!
This is a CD I can listen to many times and still want to hear once more! Stephanie's strong comping and soloing and her choice of material, instrumentation, arrangements and the energy of the band, make this a wonderful addition to anyone's CD collection.

Boris Kofman

Refreshing blend, melodic and energizing
Whether you want to relax with a glass of wine, or dance to a contageous beat, this CD's got it! I've been listening to it for the last few days, and it still sounds fresh. Recommend it highly!

Jami Sieber

A warm and luscious journey into the world of Brazil through Stephanies musical
A brilliant and luscious journey that dances with the rhythms and melodies of Brazil. Stephanie has pulled together the perfect ensemble of musicians and songs that highlight not only her gorgeous piano work but all who play and sing on this recording.

Larry Walter

I loved this CD. Leny Andrade was new to me...I must have missed her the first time around because she's definitely one of the old masters - gets under your skin like a Brazilian Nina Simone. Ozer's accompaniment is hip and supportive with no false moves.

Emerson Pirot

This heartfelt offering of Brazilian jazz will be a welcome addition to any musi
This stylish and sensual recording takes the listener on a gratifying journey through a broad range of brazilian musical styles. Performed with great artistry and heartfelt sincerity, "O Comeco" is one of the most well rounded, and satisfying CD's I've heard in a long time.

t j neff

great sound
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