MINHA CASA / my house is a paean to the heart and soul of Brazilian rhythms and the American Songbook. An
inventive artist with a smooth, warm voice and sure command of exotic cadences, Bach-y-Rita raises the bar for
other singers inspired by Brazilian music and American Jazz.....
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.....
CD release "MINHA CASA/MY HOUSE" Arugula Records
“Striking originality... This release from Carol Bach-y-Rita ought to bring well-deserved recognition to the versatile California vocalist... ’Morning Coffee,’ is easily one of the most infectious songs to grace a jazz album in recent memory.” Carol Bach-y-Rita Minha Casa/My House ARUGULA RECORDS ***½
- Russ Musto, Downbeat (Click to read full article)
"Mesmerising appeal… transcendent artistry… an impeccable combination of sensuality and percussive weight... Carol Bach-y-Rita has also raised the bar considerably on this recording showcasing not only her skill at composition, but at arranging – even re-arranging – classic American songs and Jazz standards… capturing the elusive ‘saudade’, for which there is no real English translation"
-Raul Da Gama, World Music Review (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)
"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)
“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)
“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)
“One of the top jazz and Brazilian music singers residing in Southern California....an easily recommendable set that features Carol Bach-y-Rita at her best.”
- Scott Yanow, L.A. Jazz Scene (Click to read full article)
“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
"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)
“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)
“This is a beautiful CD and Carol Bach-Y-Rita is a terrific Jazz singer who performs at the highest level with ease!”
- Robert Nicosia, Music Man Blog (Click to read full article)
“Vocalist Carol Bach-y-Rita wins you over on this album with superb choices of musicians, songs, and delivery styles… portraying herself in style with exuberance… Her choice of material is tasty, but it’s her way of delivering the goods with her warm and come hither voice that is most enticing.”
-George Harris, Jazz Weekly (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)
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CD release WHAT LOVE IS Arugula Records
... enticing ... alluring ... a bonanza of Brazilian-inflected music.
- Zan Stewart (Click to read full article)
…as cool and soothing as a pitcher of caipirinhas on a sweltering summer afternoon.
- Ken Franckling (Click to read full article)
What Love Is is one of the best vocal releases of recent times.
-Scott Yanow (Click to read full article)
... lustrous, gorgeous ... sexy ... Wow this one is good!
-Myrna Daniel LA Jazz Scene (Click to read full article)
A magnificent singer… Absolutely sizzling – she burns up the stages.
-Figaroscope, Paris France
Jazz, Brazilian music and Salsa are... her “great loves.” And she sings them with the affection that only a true lover can express.
- Don Heckman, Jazz Pick Of The Week
In full command of her music, swinging hard, and shining through bop classics, Brazilian pieces and rhythm and blues…
-Il Secolo XIX, Genoa, Italy
She sings Jazz, Bossa and Salsa with a voice that is warm and enveloping.
It is Hard not to be utterly charmed.
-Nouvel Observateur, France
Humorous spirit, joyous communication, and swinging music… She transforms even the most challenging material
Into a joyful combustion on stage
-Il Lavoro, Italy
She could be the most passionately interesting singer to bloom in recent years. A personality and a presence that are absolutely irresistible.
-Figaroscope, Paris, France