Caminhos Cruzados = Crossroads

The genre-bending debut ‘Caminhos Cruzados’ by a thrilling new vocalist Masha Campagne has all the wonder of a magical discovery and excitement of artistic accomplishment. From classics of Cole Porter and Jobim to modern standards of Guinga and pop ballads of Djavan, Campagne dazzles with her contagious, sophisticated style, great imagination and truly unique artistry.

On this project she widely collaborates with Weber Iago, a brilliant Rio de Janeiro-raised pianist/arranger.The record also features impressive cast of musicians such as Harvey Wainapel, David Belove, Carlos Oliveira, Paul van Wageningen and Michael Spiro.

The album transcends traditional musical boundaries where Brazilian and American Jazz references freely intermingle with the sensibility of Classical music in an evocative and sonant approach. With a surprising array of grooves created by Iago’s beautifully crafted, texturally and melodically rich arrangements, the album perfectly captures the seductive power of Campagne’s sumptuous voice.

Iago conveys his genius for writing for strings on two pieces by Guinga, weaving a supple fabric of colors for Campagne to inlay vocal stylings with fluidity and emotion. The lighthearted version of “Doralice,” displays Campagne’s buoyant and sensitive interpretative qualities on this classic cut previously recorded by Stan Getz and João Gilberto on their landmark bossa nova session.

Swinging effortlessly Campagne delivers the classic Jazz standard “It Might As Well Be Spring,” with a hip demeanor and sparkling excitement. This heated number truly becomes an inspiration cut also featuring an ambient tenor solo by the reed master Harvey Wainapel.

Campagne shines the brightest on a series of medleys, the first of which weaves together three masterpieces by Jobim. The second medley opens the album, combining a soaring, Jazz-steeped melody by Djavan with a luxuriant Iago composition featuring the percussion tandem of Paul van Wageningen and Michael Spiro. The album closes with an intimate duet between Campagne and Iago on another captivating Djavan melody.

Collaboration between two brilliantly inspired artists adds up to an offering with depth, poise, complexities and beauty. In Campagne’s words “Caminhos Cruzados is my sacramental love confession to the Brazilian music.” In Iago’s words “Masha Campagne is from Russia, but definitely Brazilian at heart…what a delight it has been to get to know her and her musicianship. I'm already thinking about the next one!”