Music Review by Mike Greenblatt, The Classical Arts
f you go and visit Carol Bach-y-Rita at Minha Casa/My House on Augula Records, you will be amply rewarded by her high-flying Brazilian Bebop. The dancer-turned-singer turns standards inside-out and writes originals that are so good, they'll be standards of the future. She and her Jazz Bliss band of guitar, piano, bass and percussion tears open Joni Mitchell's "The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines" to reveal its glistening innards and, with surgical precision, takes it apart and puts it back together again...as a samba reggae. Ditto for Dizzy Gillespie's "A Night In Tunisia." She makes Cole Porter's "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" into an Afro-Peruvian folk song. I wouldn't mind being her next-door neighbor as she writes and sings about "Gardening With No Pants," a voice/percussion duet with guest Dudu Fuentes, one of Rio de Janeiro's leading percussionists.