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Rosa Passos

Rosa Passos is one of the few singers currently in Brazil dedicated to a genuine evolution of Brazilian music, devoid of fashionable trend and commercialism. She has established herself firmly in the country's artistic scenery, acknowledged by many such as João Gilberto, Maria Schneider, Clare Fisher, Paquito d'Rivera, Johnny Alf, Nana Caymmi (who recorded two of her compositions), and even the number one enemy of bossa nova, the fundamental music researcher J.R. Tinhorão, even if she hasn't had her deserved media exposure.

Her dad was very affectionate about music, and he had all his six children started on some instrument. Her perfect pitch capabilities helped her to approach successfully the piano at age three. At 11, she listened to João Gilberto's Orfeu do Carnaval, which changed radically her life. She abandoned the piano studies and decided to be a singer. She began to listen to Gilberto compulsively, and learned the violão through his playing in the records. Her other influences were Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Shirley Horn (who has declared to be her fan), Cole Porter, and George Gershwin, but her main influences remained Dorival Caymmi and João Gilberto.

In 1968 Passos performed in the TV Tupi from Salvador show Poder Jovem. In 1969 she began to participate in music festivals. In 1972, she inscribed her song "Mutilados" in the Globo Network's Festival Universitário, under pseudonym, and got the first place. As she couldn't find any interest in the media for her delicate, swinging, truthful production free from abusive commercial appeal, she continued to play and compose at home, attending college in the meantime. In 1978, already living in Brasília, where she has settled permanently, she recorded her debut album, Recriação, with her compositions in partnership with the poet Fernando de Oliveira. Eight years later she recorded Amorosa, an explicit tribute to her idol João Gilberto' Amoroso. In 1994 she recorded Curare, with hits by Tom Jobim ("Fotografia," "Dindi," "A Felicidade," "Só Danço Samba," "O Nosso Amor"), Johnny Alf ("Ilusão à Toa"), Carlos Lyra/Vinicius de Moraes ("Coisa Mais Linda"), Ary Barroso, Djavan, and other important composers. In 1996 she recorded Pano pra Manga, for Velas, bringing mostly her own compositions, along with some classic hits by Jobim, Chico Buarque, and Ary Barroso. For label Lumiar, she recorded an album dedicated to Ary Barroso, in the label series Letra e Música. In the next year, she recorded, again for Lumiar, Rosa Passos Canta Antonio Carlos Jobim: 40 Anos de Bossa Nova with 14 Jobim classics. In 1999 she was accompanied by top-class jazz performer Paquito d'Rivera on a European jazz circuit. In 2000 she released Morada do Samba (Lumiar), resuming her writing work. The album brought eight of her compositions, together with "Beiral" (Djavan), "Lá Vem a Baiana" (Dorival Caymmi), "Calmaria" (Walmir Palma), "Saudade da Bahia" (Dorival Caymmi), and "Retiro" (Paulinho da Viola). For the year 2000, she booked a tour through ten European countries, one presentation at the U.S. Hollywood Bowl, and a tour through Japan. Never resting, Passos continued to make records into the new millennium, including 2003's Entre Amigos/Among Friends with bassist Ron Carter, a 2004 re-release of her pivotal Amorosa on Sony Classical, 2006's Rosa on Telarc and 2008's Romance, also on Telarc. ~ Alvaro Neder
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Unbelievable and so beautiful
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adgersart
the beautiful texture of her voice gives me that 1st visual experience i had in brazil 68.....how magical
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adgersart
always and forever
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She's just awesome. Bravo!!
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ctegldr
Rosa Passos es una diosa!
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a great talent
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hsphoto-1
her voice is heaven
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noach
Absolutely pure, like dew on roses....
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simply beautiful!
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sacredfun6
I love when a surprise voice gives me chills
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Rosa's voice is a bell what a gem
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:)
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Beautiful music. I love her voice.
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Started listening to her not too long ago and she is so wonderful. Her voice is so delightful and Portuguese isn't too different from Spanish ♥♡♥
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wow! Fabulous.I see that I am not the only one with exquisite taste.Wonder f u l
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fantastic!
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I'm 100% sure she is the best singer/voice of the entire universe. Viva Brasil I'll be there for World cup 2014!! God speed!! Peace to all human beings
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Linda...I love it!!!
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God is a creator of all beautiful things . . .Rosa Pasos is one !
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boricua-mami 7 8
que lindo canta la Rosa!! :) true Beauty! Obrigada para sua música. ;)
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shirleysoare s s
So faltou uma musica Fotografia.. .
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Gorgeous,lil t i n g , pure...
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What a gift she is!
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I have not cried in beautifull sentiment since I was a boy listening to John Coltrane play the Ballads album. A half century later, Rossa Passos has brought me up from that deep well. Thank you Rossa and thank you Pandora for making it possible!
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Simply beautiful!
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danielle8302
totally relaxing...b e a u t i f u l
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Could listen to this women sing for hours.
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mhossey
love it!
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Her music relaxes my heart <3
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bfotsch456
Wonderful
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Eu tambem quero me beber e me peder pela cidade. Lovely song.
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Ted Breisch: As a visitor to Brasil with many friends there, I fell in love with her style and was able to attend several of her performances and was fortunate to have been introduced to her and have a nice chat. I was also a guitar player then, but never at the level she required!
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She's my favorite. I had to search for her DVD. I was worth it...
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julietthomps o n
She is adorable in every way.
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antiochguy
I loved her on the DVD with Yo Yo Ma. Such gorgeous talent and sensitivity.
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She is one the reasons I feel so proud to say I'm brazilian... g r e a t singer!
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she pulls at your heart with every note. i dont speak or understand Portugese but i understand Rosa. i listen to her music almost everyday. thanks sister
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Another reason to learn Portuguese.. w h a t the hell am i waiting for...She is great
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I can't speak Portuguese but I can feel the music and vocal in my heart and soul. Ms. Passos voice is so smooth and soothing that she places you in a time and place with good feeling and love.
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Love her voice... it's most amazing thing that God have given to some of those special people...and special people like us can enjoy the BEAUTY of sounds which touches our soul. I can picture myself with Sangria and listening to this music this weekend, once I receive the CD in mail.

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gcalvit4
Hmmmmm.....l i k e sweet evening ocean breeze. Makes me want to look into my husband's eyes and be forever lost in them.
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She has the most beautiful voice I ever herd. My husband and I can't help but slow dance when we listen to her music.
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Aw, so sweet and serene, I find myself relaxed at work... need to buy her music to play while driving on I-95...
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Such 'purity' of sound. I love her too and agree with everyone else's remarks below. She's a perfect example of why I listen to Pandora -- I had never heard of her (or most of the other artists on the Radio Station I made focused on Rosa). Pandora introduced me to her. What a find!
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Wow, isn't she wonderful?? True Brazilian heart!! Thanks to Nafissatou Camara for pointing her out to me!
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christinalgu t k e
I love her!
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I'm in vacation-lik e state of bliss when I hear her voice.
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nakeil
Sweet n Beautiful
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What a sweet, perfect voice! Gorgeous!
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kdwmax2
love this musician--wh o is it?
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