Joyce returns to Far Out with her most classically Brazilian recording to date where upbeat sambas meet with lush ballads and sweeping strings.
‘A beautiful record… possibly the best Bossa Nova album Far Out have released’
‘A thing of rare beauty… an absolute delight from start to finish ’
Helen Mayhew, BBC Radio 2
Far Out are proud to announce the release of Joyce’s stunning new album ‘Rio Bahia’. The 25th album from Joyce’s sees her joined by legendary arranger, guitarist and composer, Dori Caymmi, who having added string arrangements and sung on most tracks, has given the album a sweeping, majestic feel that will appeal not only to fans of Joyce and classic Brazilian music but also those into classic vocal Jazz.
Rio Bahia features new material from Dori and Joyce, new songwriting partnerships such as Dori with Chico Buarque and Joyce with Carlos Lyra and standards from Baden Powell, Vinicius de Moraes & Dorival Caymmi.
Joyce: “Rio Bahia is a passionate love chant of myself and Dori, two old-school Cariocas (Rio Natives), to their Rio/Bahia roots. This album is a tale of two cites, both beautiful but both suffering with the challenges of metropolitan modern life”.
The Rio Bahia jazz mood has in essence been created by Joyce’s now long serving rhythm section of her husband, Tutty Moreno on drums and Rodolfo Stroeter on bass. Also guesting on the album is the great American jazz pianist Kenny Werner, and percussionist Ronaldo Silva, a samba specialist. A choir of friends from São Paulo join them on many of the tracks.
Described by Antonio Carlos Jobim as “one of the greatest singers of all time”, singer, composer, guitarist Joyce is one of the most revered of Brazilian singers, not only in her own country, but on the international stage. Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1948, Joyce is a sophisticated urbanite, whose personal musical style was nurtured in Rio’s fertile jazz/samba scene. Her sound mellifluously combines Brazilian rhythms, jazz harmonies and intelligent lyrics through a beautiful expressive voice.
Joyce recorded her first album at the age of eighteen and shortly after provoked immediate controversy for its first-person feminine voice never before attempted by any female songwriters in Brazil. Some journalists criticized Joyce as "vulgar and immoral," while others, defended her "feminist posture". Alongside other Tropicalist artists of the time, Joyce infused conservative Brazilian music with the spirit of 60s counter-culture, creating Bossa Nova with a feminist edge that gave Brazilian women the voice they had longed for.
Joyce has gone on to enjoy an incredibly successful career spanning almost 40 years with 25 albums already under her belt and her compositions have been interpreted by some of the biggest names in Brazil including Milton Nasciemento, Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil, and Astrud Gilberto.