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“Striking originality... ought to bring well-deserved recognition... ’Morning Coffee,’ is easily one of the most infectious songs to grace a jazz album in recent memory.”  ***½ Downbeat 


"Mesmerising appeal… transcendent artistry… an impeccable combination of sensuality and percussive weight...  capturing the elusive ‘saudade’, for which there is no real English translation"  World Music Review 

On Minha Casa / my house, jazz singer Carol Bach-y-Rita presents a stunning blend of straightahead jazz, bebop and Brazilian music.

Bach-y-Rita has a warm, smooth voice with a supple fluidity that suggests a body in motion. Whether performing exotic rhythms, like maracatu and samba reggae, or straight-ahead swing tunes and ballads, Bach-y-Rita eschews contrivances to uncover the

intrinsic essence of a song.

Bach-y-Rita is also adept at composing and arranging. She wrote two original songs for this CD and worked closely with the other arrangers to achieve the exact feeling and tone she wanted to express.

Backed by a stellar band, Minha Casa/my house is a paean to the heart and soul of Brazilian rhythms and the American Songbook. A versatile artist who’s unafraid to take chances with her music, Bach-y-Rita raises the bar for other singers inspired by Brazilian

music and American Jazz. 


1. Morning Coffee - B. Cantos (4:06) 

2. You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To - C. Porter (3:57)

3. A Night In Tunisia - J. "Dizzy" Gillespie, F. Paparelli, E. Jefferson (3:53)

4. ‘Tis Autumn - H. Nemo (4:51)

5. The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines - J. Mitchell, C. Mingus (3:08)

6. Nature Boy - E. Ahbez, G.E. Janowiak (3:54)

7. Trust - C. Bach-y-Rita, M. Shapiro (4:43)

8. Pra Quem Quiser Me Visitar - Guinga, A. Blanc (4:23)

9. Gardening With No Pants - C. Bach-y-Rita (3:29)

10. Love Look Away - R. Rodgers, O. Hammerstein II (5:10)

11. While My Lady Sleeps - B. Kaper, G. Kahn (2:37)


Carol Bach-y-Rita vocals

Larry Koonse guitar

Bill Cantos piano

John Leftwich bass

Mike Shapiro drums & percussion

Dudu Fuentes percussion (track 9)

Produced by Carol Bach-y-Rita

Recorded by Andy Waterman at Umbrella Media Studio

Mixing and additional recording by Carlos Y. Del Rosario at Visual Rhythm

Mastered by Robert Hadley at Hadley Mastering

Additional engineering (editing, recording, and/or mixing) by Talley Sherwood at Tritone Recording and Jamieson Trotter at The Recording Kitchen.

“Gardening With No Pants” was recorded by Nolan Shaheed at No-Sound Studio Design by Sargent & Berman

Photography by Asa Mahtat



“If you go and visit Carol Bach-Y-Rita at Minha Casa/My House… 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.”

-Mike Greenblatt, The Classical Arts (Click to read full article)

"Mina Casa / my house...bursts with originality and invention...Bach-y-Rita mixes and matches instruments with a carefree whim that never fails to please..."

-C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz (Click to read full article)

"A fine polished CD... by a talented singer and stellar musicians,..lively...clever...exciting listening...a great cd"

-Ann Alex, Bebop Spoken Here (Click to read full article)

“She seamlessly blends her love of Brazilian music, bebop and straight-ahead jazz.. [and has] found artful ways to add unusual swinging feel to a variety of tunes.”

-Ken Franckling, Jazz Notes (Click to read full article)

"With a well stamped passport and a brain that’s firing on both lobes, Bach-y-Rita brings a new perspective to decades old songs... With a crack band behind her firing on all cylinders, this is a well woven date that feels like Brazilian jazz with a little bit of so much more added to the mix. Tasty stuff for jazzbos and armchair travelers looking for that something new with something extra.”

-Chris Spector, Midwest Record (Click to read full article)

“The music is … rich and varied and Carol performs with flair and imagination… An album that will appeal both to lovers of jazz singing and those who favor the music of Latin America.”

-Bruce Crowther, Jazz Mostly (Click to read full article)

“The healthy clarity and tone of her vocals, the superb backing and arrangements, the freedom of her phrasing and percussive fearlessness of her scatting and approach, the adventurous material and fine production values make this an impressive record.”

-Mark Christian Miller, Mark Heard It First (Click to read full article)

“This is simply great music, featuring a beautifully recorded artist, who is shades of a female Al Jarreau or Bobby McFerrin and who is not afraid to jump off the precipice of music without a parachute.”

- Dee Dee McNeil, Musical Memoirs (Click to read full article)

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