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Pop - Released May 7, 1996 | TKM Records

"...a reminder of Maria's ability to compose swaths of music that are near-archetypal in their ability to move us and remind us of forgotten dreams..." © TiVo
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Jazz - Released January 1, 2011 | Blue Note Records

From the mid-'80s to the mid-'90s, Tania Maria held court as a well-known post-Flora Purim Brazilian pop vocalist . Her dazzling piano chops and sexy air made her quite popular on the festival circuit. Maria's previous efforts for the Concord label branded her a fresh voice, but unfortunately these sessions, compiled by the World Pacific label, sound quite samey overall, or like an afterthought. Most of the material is overtly funky with a dash of Latin spice thrown in, the songs emotionally varying from "come here" to "go away," leaving the listener trapped on an emotional roller coaster. To put it mildly, Maria's stance was always quite confusing, while she sometimes presented herself as strictly a party animal. Though her musicianship is unquestioned, and all of this material is composed by her, her style and stance by this point had become clichéd -- although at times disarming -- and approached disco. Depending on your level of taste, this collection can be fairly satisfying, but only to the staunchest of fans. © Michael G. Nastos /TiVo
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Pop - Released July 31, 2000 | TKM Records

Brazilian singer/pianist/composer Tania Maria launched her career in France in the 1970s and sounds as energetic as ever. One of the original crossover artists, she combines classic Brazilian rhythms and sensibility with funk, jazz, pop, and a splash of rock & roll. Tania Maria is instantly recognizable: nobody would confuse her strong, lusty, distinctive voice and playful piano style (including those dissonant three-note fills) with anyone else. This CD contains one of her signature tunes, "It's Only Love," updated with Cacao's soulful sax as well as some experiments. There's a percussion-infused version of Sidney Bechet's well-known "Petite Fleur," which works so well it's the highlight of the CD, and a slow ballad take on "One Note Samba," which doesn't. The melody simply isn't interesting enough to elongate. But there are better moments here: the funky bass work and churning percussion on "Encanto Meu," "Nao Se Avexe Nao," and "Sangria," which is served up hot, with Tania Maria's fiery, Cuban-style solo and comping; the syncopated party pulse on "Vem Pr'a Roda"; and the sexy, laid-back swing on "Amei Demais." Her singing is so expressive it makes one wish that English translations of the lyrics were provided. Tania Maria's mischievous humor really comes out in her electrifying live performances, but there are hints of it here in her laughing countdown to one track and the background chorus of "Whoa!" on another. This veteran is one of a kind, and this CD is a good introduction to her sound and a must-have for fans. © Judith Schlesinger /TiVo
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Jazz - Released October 24, 2011 | naïve Jazz

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Jazz - Released May 12, 2014 | WM Denmark

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Pop - Released May 30, 1995 | TKM Records

"...further defines her own distinctive sound on NO COMMENT, her most satisfying outing in several trips to the studio. Despite rhythmic intensity and a vocal attack that at times springs at the listener like a tiger on the prowl, NO COMMENT has a relaxed quality..." © TiVo
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Jazz - Released March 12, 2010 | BHM

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Pop - Released May 12, 1997 | TKM Records

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Jazz - Released August 31, 1998 | Concord Jazz

This 1998 sampler has a dozen Tânia Maria selections taken from five of her Concord recordings dating from 1980-1983 and 1993. As is always true of a Tânia Maria recording, the somewhat lightweight performances work well as Latin pop/jazz party music. Whether playing keyboards or singing, Maria always displays plenty of spirit and enthusiasm. Nine of the dozen selections are hers, although Maria's rendition of the standard "Cry Me a River" is one of the highlights. A decent overview of her two Concord periods. © Scott Yanow /TiVo
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Jazz - Released January 31, 1983 | Concord Picante

In the early '80s, Tânia Maria burst upon the U.S. music scene, playing an exuberant blend of Brazilian pop and jazz. Her first few recordings for Concord Picante (of which Come with Me is the third) remain her most rewarding sets. Maria's spirited vocals and hyper keyboard work star throughout the date (which finds her interpreting seven of her originals and "Embraceable You"), supported by a sextet including both Eddie Duran and José Neto on guitar. Worth checking out. © Scott Yanow /TiVo
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Jazz - Released September 24, 2012 | naïve Jazz

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1990 | CM BLUE NOTE (A92)

Rating: B © TiVo
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Jazz - Released October 23, 2001 | Concord Picante

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Jazz - Released October 21, 2003 | Concord Picante

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1978 | Universal Music Division Decca Records France

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1988 | CAPITOL CATALOG MKT (C92)

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Jazz - Released May 12, 2014 | WM Denmark

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Bossa Nova & Brazil - Released April 3, 1971 | Universal Music Ltda.

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1984 | Concord Picante

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Jazz - Released July 31, 1993 | Concord Jazz

Tania Maria sticks to Brazilian pop music on her concise but unremarkable program. The entire focus is on her vocals and there is little or no improvising over the repetitious vamps. The closer one listens to the admittedly danceable music, the more tedious it sounds. © Scott Yanow /TiVo