Gabriela Anders: Agua de Beber
Agua de Beber
Gabriela Anders (vocals)
Bossa Beleza (JVC/Japan)
Gabriela Anders (vocals),
Helio Alves (piano), Wayne Krantz (guitar), Ruben Rodriguez (bass), Adriano Santos (drums, percussion).
Composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim & Vinicius de Moraes.
Recorded: New York, 2008
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
So many great singers have recorded Jobim that you have to wonder why his compositions keep getting additional covers. The popular "Agua de Beber" is a prime example: after interpretations by Ella, Sinatra, Charlie Byrd, Al Jarreau, Toninho Horta, and of course Astrud Gilberto (with Jobim), what could possibly remain unstated? Yet this version by the lovely Gabriela Anders deserves attention, if only for the mesmerizing quality of her voice, a pastel palette of blues and greens, applied with the subtle brushstroke of a master impressionist painter.
As befitting the gentle form of the Bossa Nova, Anders allows the melody to beckon through quiet whispers and a soft vocal percussiveness. There is no big event here, no radical new twists other than a subtle cry-baby guitar in the rhythm section. But the result is an inviting waterfall in the midst of a steaming rainforest, with the players providing a polished foundation over which Gabriela's quenching phrases cascade. This is indeed very cool water to drink.
Reviewer: Bill Barnes