New Morning


2008 release. Following her best-selling debut album Equilibria (2005), singer-songwriter Sabrina Malheiros returns with New Morning, an album of 21st century bossa-soul that mixes bossa, samba, disco and house together to create a sophisticated and sublime album. New Morning is what Sabrina Malheiros describes as a "more organic" follow up to the critically acclaimed Equilibria. Armed with a strong caliber of musicians, Sabrina Malheiros embarked on a rite of passage that resulted in an album that can only be described as a masterpiece. Sabrina Malheiros is a highly accomplished young musician who has a musical heritage that is deeply rooted in Brazilian musical history. As the daughter of Alex Malheiros, the bassist from the legendary Azymuth, Sabrina is clearly under no illusion as to the influence this had in her musical journey. New Morning features an all-star Brazilian team including: Jose Roberto Bertrami, Ivan Conti, Zé Carlos, Idriss Boudrioua and Paulinho Braga as well as legendary Brazilian arranger and composer Arthur Verocai. The album was produced by Daniel Maunick, who also produced Sabrina's previous album, yet the production on this album shows Maunick's evolution into a highly versatile and skillful producer. With '70s inspired sweeping samba-soul songs nestled in between boogie-tinged jazz, house rhythms and funky cinematic-bossa breaks and featuring the unmistakable vocals of Sabrina, New Morning sees Rio's original nu-bossa star recreate the honesty of her debut but with a new sense of maturity and sophistication. The album erupts with the bubbling bossa samba hybrid "Brisa Mar" with lyrics co-written by her father Alex Malheiros which were inspired by the sea. This track alongside "Sintonia" reflects the powerful partnership of Sabrina's writing abilities combined with the grand string arrangements of the renowned Arthur Verocai resulting in songs that would sit comfortably in any classic film score. "Connexão" is an offering of cool, sexy rhythmic house featuring the prominent afro-samba guitar playing of Ze Carlos evoking the swing of Jorge Ben. This song defines how well the partnership between the duo works in unison to make an innovative sound and also acts as a nod to the electronic touches of her previous album, Equilibria. "It's Too Late" is a great bossa nova rendition of the Carol King classic. New Morning, as the name suggests, acts as fresh beginning for Sabrina. Classic Brazilian songwriting combined with the contemporary production.