The Number 1 Latin Jazz Album
Studio Rio: The Brazil Connection was featured in The Wall Street Journal, RTL, BBC, Jazzwax, Huffington Post, ESPN, Die Welt, ABC, Le Nouvel Observateur, Jazz Times and many more, and was #1 in the iTunes Jazz charts in over 15 countries, including the UK, Brazil, Japan, Italy, Germany and France.
Studio Rio’s “It’s Your Thing” featuring The Isley Brothers appears on the 2014 FIFA World Cup Official Album.
Providing a fresh, Brazilian take on familiar American classics, the album features the original vocals of legendary singers like Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone and The Isley Brothers.
Welcome to Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection,
a lively and seamless blend of samba and bossa nova arrangements with some of the most iconic American vocal performances from Billie Holiday, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, The Isley Brothers, Bill Withers and others.
For The Brazil Connection, original multi-track masters and an all-new, state-of-the-art separation technology were used to extract the classic vocal performances. Once in hand, the newly isolated vocals were melded with brand-new, authentically arranged backing tracks from an all-star cast of Brazilian musical pioneers from the bossa nova and samba genres, including Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Roberto Menescal and Brazilian musical legend, Marcos Valle.
The result is a series of 12 new, refreshingly different master recordings of classic standards with superb, new Brazilian arrangements.
The Brazil Connection is the brainchild of music producers Frank and Christian Berman, who had previously explored such distinct cultures for Rhythms Del Mundo, an album gathering acclaimed artists like Sting and Coldplay with the legendary Buena Vista Social Club. The album was mixed by Jerry Boys, 6 time Grammy Award winning mix engineer.
PRODUCED BY THE BERMAN BROTHERS
ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION AND MIXING: DR. MO
EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY ADAM BLOCK AND ROB SANTOS
STUDIO RIO CONCEPT BY THE BERMAN BROTHERS
MIXED BY JERRY BOYS AT THE MOOR ROOM & DR. MO @ THE SOUND GARDEN NYC.
MASTERED BY MARK WILDER, BATTERY STUDIOS, NY AND TOM LEADER
VOCAL EXTRACTION AND AUDIO RESTORATION:
SCIENCE OF SOUNDS, BERLIN
LEGAL: PETER LEWIT AND DAVID RAPPAPORT
DAVIS SHAPIRO LEWIT GRABEL LEVEN GRANDERSON & BLAKE, LLP
CONSULTANT AND COORDINATOR: CARLO CARANI
ASSISTANT COORDINATORS: RONALDO MENDOCA AND DAVID STEIN