Elis Regina: Madalena
Elis Regina (vocals)
Montreux Jazz Festival (Wea Brazil B0000648PR)
Luizao (bass), Chico Batera (percussion).
Composed by Ivan Lins & Ronaldo Souza.
Recorded: Montreux Jazz Festival, 1979
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Few vocalists have captured the essence of the Brazilian sound like Elis Regina. Arguably one of the most popular vocalists in the history of Brazilian music, "Madalena" was recorded from the singer's 1979 appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Regina sings very soulfully as her voice rings with assurance. She is supported by a wonderful cast of Brazilian musicians including her husband, pianist Cesar Camargo Mariano. As the track opens, you can hear the audience reaction and it's a sure bet that everyone in attendance was extremely captivated by Regina's performance.
It's tragic to note that the singer wouldn't live to see the release of this great album. She sadly died of a drug overdose in January of 1982, at the young age of 36. But Montreux Jazz Festival represents the lasting testament that Regina brought to Brazilian and world music, forever cementing her legacy as one of the most celebrated Brazilian vocalists.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley
Tags: 1970s jazz