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To record Adriana, Carla brought in her band of Brazilian brothers, Léo Costa (Sergio Mendes, Bebel Gilberto, Natalia Lafourcade) on drums and percussion, André de Santanna (Sergio Mendes, Jason Mraz) on bass, Dan Reckard (Bossa Zuzu) on keys, plus Anne Stafford (Sambadá) stepping in with arrangement, flute, and sax; Fabio Santana de Souza on trombone, and of course Carla on guitar and vocals. Adriana is the perfect pairing of musical and technological excellence, resulting in a pure expression of Brazilian bliss.
During the recording session at EastWest, Carla and the band recorded two other tracks composed by Carla, and arranged and recorded in the spirit of Antonio Carlos Jobim. Carla completed the production of the two tracks in her Los Angeles recording studio, Little Chaplin House. Sempre Odara, the first single, begins with a simple nylon guitar and piano playing a classic bossa nova groove. The groove deepens with Léo Costa and Dre Santanna’s bass and drums, creating a solid foundation for Carla’s vocal to both whisper and soar. The accompanying video, filmed and directed by singer/songwriter Caro Pierotto, celebrates the immense beauty and depth of Brazilin music.
On her 2016 CD, +Blue (call it “more blue”) Carla Hassett explores the meaning of “home” and the complexities of growing up between two countries and cultures: her birthplace, Brazil, and her adopted country, the U.S.
The cycle of 10 songs, including seven originals, explores tropicalia and samba, with Hassett's own unique stamp on each tune.
On +Blue , Hassett’s search for home through song is bookended by the anthemic “We Belong Here” and “South American Way,” a tune immortalized by the legendary Carmen Miranda. Hassett makes the Jimmy McHugh/Al Dubin-penned classic her own, taking it at a sultry tempo and delivering a slightly sad but totally engaging study of homesickness. +Blue was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition. Linda Wertheimer interviewed Carla. Hear the interview here.