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the evolution of samba

Clarice Assad, Grammy-nominated vocalist, composer, and pianist, and her father, virtuoso guitarist Sérgio Assad of the legendary Assad Brothers, explore the evolution of samba and jazz-influenced Brazilian song. “Clarice constantly captivates, whether singing in Portuguese, delivering wordless vocals, or taking to the piano bench, and Sérgio, likewise, manages to seduce with his every gesture on guitar,” says

In an exciting musical journey together, father and daughter describe and showcase sambas from the greatest contributors of this musical genre through the years, starting with composer Donga and continuing with Ismael Silva, Sinhô, Noel Rosa, Ary Barroso, Dorival Caimmy, Tom Jobim, Baden Powell, Cartola, Joâo Bosco, among other very important composers of this quintessential Brazilian style.

a life in music

Clarice and Sergio performing together, some 30 years ago.

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The first recorded musical collaboration between Sergio and Clarice Assad. Clarice & Sergio Assad's first album together features new songs by Sergio Assad, with renowned Brazilian lyricists such as Chico Cesar, Thiago Amud, Vinicius Castro & Daniel Basilio. Special guests include clarinetist Derek Bermel, mandolinist Mike Marshall, Keita Ogawa on percussion and Yasushi Nakamura, bass. RELEASE DATE: July 15th, on the Adventure Music label.

what people are saying
CLARICE & SERGIO ASSAD/Reliquia:  "So who said the Adolfo’s could have all the fun in father/daughter Brazilian jazz?  Here we find one of the most important classical guitarists of the age giving his daughter the chance to show the musical DNA he passed on to her which she has been making the most of as a vocalist.  Guitar and voice with a little, sparsely used coloration here and there---and if you think that isn’t the recipe for a powerful release, go scarf down a mouthful of guardinera to remind you of what hot means.  A dazzling, stunning set tailor made for those who still remember what real music all about, you’ll understand this set completely even if you don’t speak a word of Portuguese.  Killer stuff throughout that shows just how complex simplicity can be." MIDWEST RECORD

Really lovely sounds from the father/daughter team of Clarice and Sergio Assad – a pair who would already be great as a musical duo, even without a family connection! Sergio plays acoustic guitar throughout – with a fullness of sound, but also the lighter, lyrical sensibility that makes him a perfect match for Clarice's vocals – which have that mix of jazz and more personal expression we love in our favorite Brazilian singers from the 70s – like Tania Maria or Joyce. The songs are simple, and often poetic – but never in a soppy way – more like they're being written in air by guitar and voice, creating a marvelous portrait in sound. Titles include "Capoeira", "Cidade", "Sol De Clave", "Ventos", "The Last Song", "Angela", and "Song For My Father".  © 1996-2016, Dusty Groove, Inc.


Who says a strong family doesn’t make you a better person? The father-daughter team of Clarice and Sergio Assad, as the movies say, “make beautiful music together” on this collection of gentle Latin and Iberian originals. Dad plays guitar and sings along; daughter sings and  plays along on piano, and the result is a cozy and intimate hour of auditory joy.
Various guests join the family as well. Percussionist Keita Ogawa lends his percussion to Clarice’s husky voice on the sleek groove of “Cidade” and along with Derek Bermei’s clarinet, adds extra depth to her own vocal percussive work on “Artistico.” Lovely pastoral guitar strums are embraced on “Reiquia” and the chiming “The Last Song” while gentle ripples of the piano are caressed on “Ventos.” Sergio’s avuncular voice caresses Andalusian moods with a rich vocal and guitar tone on “Capoeira” and the team sound cozy on the reflective and dream like “Sol de Clave.” This is a disc that only committed families can make; hopefully others less fortunate will understand it. JAZZ WEEKLY