Sandy Cressman and Homenagem Brasileira
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"Quotes from the Press"

SANDY CRESSMAN
HOMENAGEM BRASILEIRA (HOMAGE TO BRAZIL)

QUOTES FROM THE PRESS

“...Brazilian songwriters have become Cressman’s primary passion in recent years, and she applies her rich alto pipes with great warmth and consummate musical savvy to a dozen of them on her solo debut CD, “Homenagem Brasileira” (Homage to Brazil), just issued by the A-Records label.” Lee Hildebrand, East Bay Express

“Sandy Cressman loves Brazil so much that she probably dreams in Portuguese; she simmered with her energized quintet on two sets of warm, romantic lyrics without strain...the whole electric band smoothly followed her as she harmonized with Silva or scatted along with Wainapel’s marvelous soprano sax and clarinet improvisations...What she and her musicians brought to the evening was a reverential tribute to the spirit of Brazil through its music, as sensual and warm performance that was both celebration and showcase for Cressman’s fine singing.:” Larry Kelp, East Bay Express

“Singing the all-Brazilian program in Portuguese, Cressman’s voice floated smoothly over Harvey Wainapel’s clarinet and saxes, the guitar of Carlos Oliveira, David Belove’s bass and Celso Alberti’s drums. Cressman pours out her love for the delightfully sensuous and melodious Brazilian lyrics in all her renditions. Her medley of Ivan Lins songs, her deft handling of Milton Nascimento’s difficult “Viola Violar” and her interpretations of songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim, João Donato and and Dori Caymmi are nicely turned.”
Phil Elwood, San Francisco Examiner

“In this Homage to Brazil, vocalist Sandy Cressman has followed her heart in selecting material from across the musical spectrum. The result is an exhilarating overview of some of Brazil’s finest artists and composers. Sandy has found the perfect collaborator for this daunting project in Rio-born Marcos Silva. As Musical Director, arranger and keyboardist, he chooses the perfect tonal colors and rhythmic textures to compliment Sandy’s lovely voice.” Bud Spangler, Sunday Night Suites, KCSM-FM - various


"Quotes from the Composers"

Sandy Cressman
Brasil-Sempre no Coração
In the words of the composers:

“O disco é muito bonito.” (The CD is very beautiful) Ivan Lins

“O teu cd é muito lindo, muito maravilhoso e eu adorei...adorei que você gravou a minha musica e ficarei muito feliz ao ouvir você cantando mais musica minha pois,você é uma cantora maravilhosa e cheia de suingue.” (Your CD is very beautiful, very marvelous and I loved it....I loved that you recorded my song and I will be happy to hear you singing more of my music because you are a marvelous singer and full of swing)
Filó Machado, composer-”Boca de Leão”

“Eu gostei muito de sua interpretação da minha música.” (I loved your interpretation of my song very much.)Aécio Flavio, composer “Espelho do Mar”

“Disco muito bem cuidado e de garimpagem da mais alta qualidade, no que se refere a repertório... obrigada pela irretorquível interpretação.” (A well made recording of the highest quality of repertoire, thank you for the fantastic interpretation
Raymundo Mereilles: lyrics- “Espelho do Mar” - Brazilian Composers


"Homenagem Brasileira Review"

Singer Sandy Cressman presents a soulful tribute to the contemporary musical heritage of Brazil on her debut release for A-Records, a subsidiary of Challenge Records in the Netherlands. A singer's singer who has graced the work of artists like Ray Obiedo, Pete Escovedo, and Rebeca Mauleon, Sandy has carved a name for herself in the '80s with jazz vocal group Pastiche. "Homenagem Brasileira" is a cool shower of interpretive works that showcases the warmly superb and crystalline voice of this emerging diva. In collaboration with pianist and keyboardist Marcos Silva (former musical director for Flora Purim and Airto), the album features reedman Harvey Wainapel, who splashes a variety of colors from a variety of saxophones. Bassist David Belove anchors it with a seasoned tumbao that allows drummer Celso Alberti to add a rainbow of percussive adornment. Silva is also extremely impressive, constructing these gorgeous arrangements and riffing out stellar solos with a virtuosity that swings. But it's Sandy's party all the way, as the New York City-born Cressman caresses the Portuguese lyrics with confidence and a surprising, almost French, articulation. The uptempo samba "Vale O Escrito" opens it and threads very nicely this well sequenced album. The melodicism of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Felicidade" showcases her superb intonation while the "Ivan Lins Medley", a passioinate rendition of six Lins classics, shows its radiance. This record is straight and to the point with modest production value that allows for the musical talent to carry it and they do that with A+ caliber. Jesse Varela - Latin Beat, 1999


"Sandy Cressman at Yoshi's"

Judging by the vibe at Monday's CD release concert for her Homenagem Brasileira ("Homage to Brazil"), San Francisco singer Sandy Cressman loves Brazil so much that she probably dreams in Portuguese. Dressed more for the beach than for the bar, in a skimpy and glittering black mini skirt and matching top with bare midriff, Cressman stroked her long, curly brunette locks, and simmered with her energized quintet of Brazilian and BraziI-loving instrumentalists on two sets of her favorite sambas and Brazilian pop tunes.

It's quite a stylistic leap from her old days as one-third of the upscale jazz harmony trio Pastiche. Married to Peter Apfelbaum trombonist Jeff Cressman, she took time off to have two children, and in the process became publicist to the Apfelbaum crew. She received so many requests to do PR for other acts that she seriously considered that option before choosing to return to singing, this time the Brazilian fare she loves most.

Just back from her first pilgrimage to Brazil, Cressman sang her warm, romantic lyrics without strain. The band was the same as on Homenagem Brasileira, with long-time accompanist, arranger and keyboardist Marcos silva, electric bassist David Belove, drummer Celso Alberti, the ever-amazing saxophonist Harvey Wainapel (a bebopper who, like Cressman, is now a full-blown Brazil addict), and (for part of the concert) guitarist and percussionist Carlinhos Oliveira.

At times it was just Cressman and a guitar; more often the whole electric band smoothly followed her as she harmonized with Silva or scatted along with Wainapel's marvelous soprano sax and clarinet improvisations. What Cressman and her musicians brought to the evening was a reverential tribute to the spirit of Brazil through its music, a sensual and warm performance that was both celebration and showcase for Cressman's fine singing. Larry Kelp - East Bay Express


"Review of Homenagem Brasileira"

Got a nice call the other day from singer Sandy Cressman, who was still high from her sold-out record release party on February 1 at Yoshi's Nitespot in Oakland. She is just back from Brazil, and her debut recording is entitled "Homenagem Brasileira" on the Dutch label A-Records. With pianist and keyboardist Marcos Silva, it's a gem, with special guest Harvey Wainapel adding his sax textures to the gorgeous musical mix of Jazz brasileiro. Bassist David Belove anors it all with a seasoned tumbao that allows drummer Celso Alberti to add a rainbow of percussive adornment. I love "Vale O Escrito", but it's the Ivan Lins medley that lets Sandy strut her stuff. Sandy was formerly with the ace vocal Jazz ensemble Pastiche. She is the wife of talented trombonist Jeff Cressman as well as a mom. Sandy is one to keep your eyes and ears on as her star rises. (Jesse Varela) - JazzNow


Discography

Sandy Cressman and Homenagem Brasileira CDs
"Homenagem Brasileira" 1999 A-Records/Holland
"Brasil-Sempre no Coração" 2005 Cressman Music
Also featured on the compilation
"Lightscapes" 2007 Celeste Records Japan
song "Vale o Escrito"
Sandy Cressman's Vocals also featured on:
Columna B — Cuba Without Borders
Michael Spiro-- Bata Mbira
Consuelo Luz — Dezeo
Marion Meadows - -Next to You (Heads Up Records)
Tom Grant — Tune In (Windham Hill Records)
Ray Obiedo — Sweet Summer Days, Sticks and Stones, Iguana(Windham Hill Records) and Modern World (Domo Records)
Pete Escovedo — Flying South (Concord Crossover Records)
Jai Uttal and the Pagan Love Orchestra--Live: Kirtan and Pagan Mixes and Mondo Rama (Narada Records)
Eddie Money — Can’t Hold Back (CBS Records)
Neal Schon — Late Nite (CBS Records)
Pastiche — Remember That (BluePrint Records) and That’s R&Bebop (Pony/Canyon/Nova), Pastiche
Candela — Madre Rumba Padre Son (PanCaliente Records) and Ilusiones (Orfeo Records, Uruguay)
Damien — Intercambio (Good Omen Records)
Prince Ayo — Dancing to Africa (Polygram Nigeria)
Music for Little People--numerous children’s recordings

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Bio

Sandy Cressman - (Vocals/Leader):

Once in a while, an artist is born with an inexplicable connection to a culture is the case with Sandy Cressman. Born in New York City of American parents, but with a Brazilian heart, Cressman began her recording career with the highly acclaimed vocal trio Pastiche, with whom she recorded three CDs, "That’s R&Bebop (Pony/Canyon), "Remember That" (BluePrint) and “Pastiche”(Summit Records).

Cressman’s connection with Brazilian music was first sparked when she first heard the music of Ivan Lins while at U.C. Berkeley in the late 70’s. After transferring to San Jose State University in order to major in Vocal Jazz, she began hearing the music of Flora Purim, Tania Maria and Djavan, and began to study Portuguese. From then on, her record collection filled with recordings of Lins, Djavan, Milton Nascimento, Dori Caymmi, Toninho Horta, Elis Regina, Gal Costa, Jobim and others.

In 1996, Cressman began performing as a duo with Brazilian master keyboardist Marcos Silva. Cressman and Silva developed an extensive repertoire, musical interplay and following in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1997, they expanded their group to a quintet, and in 1999, released “Homenagem Brasileira”(A-Records), their critically acclaimed tribute to the great composers and performers of Brazilian Jazz. The followup CD, “Brasil-Sempre no Coração”, was released on August 1, 2005 on her own Cressmanmusic label.

Cressman has performed at important West Coast Jazz Festivals such as the Monterey Jazz Festival and the San Jose Jazz Festival, and Jazz at Filoli, as well as featured performances for radio stations KXJZ(Sacramento) and KCSM (San Francisco). Cressman recently brought the Homenagem Brasileira show to New York city for a performance at Living Room, Norah Jones’ old downtown haunt, collaborating with the great pianist Jovino Santos Neto.

Cressman has lent her vocals to recordings by such diverse artists as Ray Obiedo, Pete Escovedo, Jai Uttal. Her love of languages and world music has led her to become a much-in-demand session vocalist for Latin and World Music artists. Sandy often performs with Rebeca Mauleon-Santana, Orquesta Candela, and Jai Uttal and the Pagan Love Orchestra.
Marcos Silva (Keyboards)

Rio-native Marcos Silva established himself in Brazil at a young age as keyboardist, arranger and musical director for such artists as vocalists Leny Andrade, Emilio Santiago and trumpeter Marcio Montarroyos. In 1979, Marcos settled in New York City, where he performed with Jon Lucien and Claudio Roditi, and then was spotted playing with his own group "Steps of Imagination" by vocalist Flora Purim. Flora signed the group to be her back-up band, and Marcos soon relocated to Santa Barbara, California, where he wrote arrangements for and toured with Flora Purim and Airto. Marcos has recorded and toured with such notable artists as Toninho Horta, Ricardo Silveira, Bud Shank and Dori Caymmi. Marcos recorded two CD’s with his group "Intersection" for Concord Records, "White and Black" and "Here We Go".

Harvey Wainapel (Saxophones)

Multi-saxophonist Harvey Wainapel concentrates equally on the soprano, alto and tenor saxophones. Harvey has performed with McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, Ray Charles, Benny Carter, and Joe Lovano. Besides his extensive jazz background, Harvey is also heavily involved with the music of Brazil, including performances with Manfredo Fest, Weber Drummond and Mike Marshall’s "Choro Famoso", which spotlights Wainapel’s clarinet prowess. Harvey’s two CD releases, "At Home/On the Road(JazzMission Records) and "Ambrosia: The Music of Kenny Barron"(A Records), have received high critical acclaim in publications such as Down Beat, Jazz Times and Jazz Life.

Celso Alberti (Drums)

Celso Alberti was born in Curitiba in the south of Brazil and moved to New York City in 1982. After establishing himself on the New York jazz and Brazilian scene, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1984 to play with Terra Sul. Beginning in 1986, Celso joined Flora Purim and Airto for a series of tours in Europe, the U.S. and Brazil. Celso also recorded two CD’s with Flora and Airto, "The Magicians" and "Queen of the Night" for Concord Crossover Records. He has recorded and toured with Herbie Mann, Sergio Mendez, Marcos Silva Jose Neto and Steve Winwood.

David Belove (Bass)

Kansas City native David Belove relocated to California in the early 1980’s and became the Bay Area’s most prominent Latin and Brazilian bassist. He has recorded and toured with Pete and Sheila Escovedo, Tito Puente, the Machete Ensemble, Rebeca Mauleon-Santana, Claudia Villela, and Oscar Castro-Neves. David has also worked with Joe Henderson, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie and many others.