Brazilian jazz has its own flair for the dramatic romantic for with every note, the sound captures a heated response. The passion of the Brazilian flair is an international feel. Strong and vibrate are the sounds performed by both the vocalist and the musician which in the case of Masha Campagne debut project "Caminhos Cruzados = Crossroads" is true to form. With the 2007 release by Impetus Records comes a wonderful groove filled exhibition of the Brazilian attitude sung by one who embraces such a mood.
With the team of Ms. Campagne and arranger Weber Iago comes several intriguing exhibits in solid Brazilian flavor. "Caminhos Cruzados = Crossroads" in total offers the talent of Iago to lay the foundation and vocal sensuality of Campagne building an atmosphere for the listener.
During most spins the strings and keyboards are wonderfully bonded to create a specific mood. The melodies are sharp yet warm. The sculptor Iago sets the stage so precisely for Campagne that her talents flow like a gentle mountain spring along the arrangements.
One moment during the spin is when they both capture the mood of the project in total. The sensitive exit cut "Faltando Um Pedaco/Missing a Piece", Campagne talents have their finest moment at this point. So gentle and subtle are her expressions in voice. Iago’s ivories place the two on a different plane than anywhere else in their performance thus allowing the Djaven experience to encounter an incredibly angelic jazz experience.
"Caminhos Cruzados = Crossroads" showcases two different facets of jazz, the technical and the emotional-- both succeed in articulating the art of Brazilian romance. Campagne and Iago are a special duo with a special talent to read each other.