CLOSE TO ME

by Maria Mendes

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Verdes Anos 04:37
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Barco Negro 05:52
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Foi Deus 03:51
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released October 25, 2019

Maria Mendes: vocals, percussion and compositions
John Beasley*: keyboards, orchestrations, percussion and conductor
Karel Boehlee: piano
Jasper Somsen: acoustic bass
Jasper van Hulten: drums and percussion
Metropole Orkest: chamber music line up on tracks nº 1, 5, 6 and 10
Vincent Houdijk: vibraphone on track nº 9

* John Beasley appears courtesy of Mack Avenue Records

Recorded at WedgeView Music Recording Studios in Woerdense Verlaat, The Netherlands on January 30, 31, February 1, 2 and April 17 2019. Sound engineer: Udo Pannekeet.
Metropole Orkest recorded at MCO Studios in Hilversum, The Netheralnds on April 16 2019. Sound engineers: Paul Pouwer, Dirk Overeem. Producer: Gert-Jan Blom.
Mixed and mastered by David Kowalski, New York, USA on May 2019.

All arrangements by Maria Mendes and John Beasley except for Hermeto’s Fado For Maria by John Beasley. Orchestrations on songs nr.1, 5, 6 and 10 by John Beasley.
Tempo Emotivo by Maria J. Mendes inspired by Carlos Paredes’s Movimento Perpétuo.

Photography by Joel Bessa. Art direction: Dsection Creative. MUA by Patricia Lima and Rui Rocha. Production and design by Snowberry Production.

Record label: Justin Time Records

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Maria Mendes Netherlands

Quincy Jones stated: “I see a promising, shining future for this young talented singer.”

The Portuguese vocalist is remarkable for her crystal clear voice, creative and exciting phrasing and outstanding vocal virtuosity.Her sold out performances worldwide have been drawing the attention of the jazz media worldwide,considering her to be one of the most promising singers in the European Jazz scene.
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