Rossa Passos is considered one of the most important and loved Brazilian singers. Many music fans view her as the queen of modern bossa nova and samba, and she’s equally loved in South America, Japan, USA and Europe. Whether she’s playing with Kenny Barron or Yo Yo Ma she easily sells out Carnegie Hall in New York. She also enjoys touring with her quartet at jazz festivals and jazz clubs around Europe.
Rosa Passos is part of the golden generation of Brazilan musicians that includes Joao Bosco, Joyce Moreno, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Maria Bethania, Milton Nascimento, Ivan Lins and many other great artists. Rosa Passos is especially loved for her elegance and soft touch. Her musicality is an inspiration to singers all over the world.
Her music speaks to everyone, you don’t need to know about jazz or music to understand and enjoy – there is something universal to her vocal and approach that instantly makes the listener go along on the journey Rosa sets out for. It’s always beautiful and if you close your eyes you can feel the Brasilian soul and see the beaches for your inner eyes.
On July 7th, 2001 Rosa Passos played two sets at the famous Copenhagen Jazzhouse, one of the best jazz clubs in Europe for more than 25 years. The concerts took place as part of a bigger summer tour of Europe, with Rosa Passos playing all the important jazz festivals. In 2001 she was still unknown to the audience in Copenhagen, but Steen Rasmussen, a Danish pianist who was there, remembers:
“Her playing was flawless and sophisticated – and it swung like crazy. It was already the best music I’d ever heard. Then she began to sing – and I was almost in a trance. That voice, that phrasing, that swing, that empathy, that way she accompanied herself – and that low volume. I could tell everyone present felt the same. Rosa Passos had changed all our lives forever”
The experience speaks to the impact Rosa Passos has on people when they have the honor of experiencing her talent first-hand. She’s intimate and powerful at the same time, and the tunes she plays, a mixture of her own compositions and Bossa Nova-classics, support her means of expression in the best way possible. This recording from Jazzhouse presents her and her band at her best. The sound is crisp, and the presence allows for the pure expression to shine through, and makes you wish that you had been there to experience this very special night in Copenhagen.
“Imagine you are rocking a baby to sleep. For me, that’s Bossa Nova” – Rosa Passos