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Raiz marks fifty years of Joyce's imperative involvement in Brazil's rich musical heritage: paying tribute to some of the beautiful Brazilian standards she was listening to around the time she first stepped foot in a recording studio. Joyce's insurmountable talent and unfaltering grace shine as bright as ever on this landmark record. In 1964, Joyce, aged 15, first stepped into a professional recording studio. Her older brother, also a musician, was a member of Rio's early bossa nova clique: a good friend of Eumir Deodato, Luis Carlos Vinhas and Roberto Menescal (by this point, a notable name in Brazil). Finding a private, home tape recording of Joyce playing guitar and singing, Joyce's brother played it to Roberto Menescal. When Joyce returned home from school to find her secret song exposed, she ran to her room, slammed the door and cried for the rest of the day. But a month later, she received a call from Menescal, asking if she wanted to sing on a record he was producing: an album called 'Sambacana', featuring the music of a little known composer from the state of Minas Gerais. Joyce excitedly accepted and took her first step into a recording studio, where she realised what she was capable of and what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Fifty years later, Raiz (meaning roots) is Joyce's celebration of fifty years since that moment. A fresh recording of some of the beautiful bossa nova and chic Brazilian jazz standards she was listening to and inspired by as an adolescent girl growing up in Rio. The album is a powerfully nostalgic master class in Joyce's inimitable style and her stunning vocals still hold the intimacy and raw talent of a teenage girl's first recording,I but with the prowess and nuance that come with an astounding five-decade career. It seemed only fitting to Joyce to reciprocate Roberto Menescal's invitation into the studio and Menescal features on Joyce's versions of his 60's bossa classics 'O Barquinho' and 'Nós e o Mar'. Raiz also features a host of extremely distinguished Brazilian musicians: Tutty Moreno (drums) Helio Alves (piano) and Rodolfo Stroeter (bass). Joyce's celebrated and undeniably distinctive approach to the music of fabled artists such as Tom Jobim, Baden Powell, Ildasio Tavares, Vinicius de Moraes, Ronaldo Boscoli and of course Roberto Menescal, among other Brazilian greats, makes Raiz a truly momentous piece of Brazilian musical history.


  1. Name
  2. Copacabana
  3. Meu Pião
  4. O Barquinho
  5. Tamba
  6. Desafinado -incidental Song Aqua
  7. O Morro Não Tem Vez
  8. Na Baixa Do Sapateiro
  9. Cartão De Visita
  10. Céu E Mar
  11. Nós E O Mar
  12. Medley Caymmi - Vestido De Bolero
  13. Tristeza De Nós Dois
  14. Canto De Yansan
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