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UPDATE 3: Making of CLOSE TO ME, the third album of the Portuguese Jazz singer-songwritter Maria Mendes featuring the 3x Grammy winning orchestra METROPOLE ORKEST and the American Grammy & Emmy Jazz pianist JOHN BEASLEY (who is producing the album and conducting the orchestra).
This project is all about a modern creative Jazz symphonic intake on Fado music (famous Portuguese folk music style).
11 songs in total, where 4 feature the Metropole Orkest. One song by Hermeto Pascoal (specially written for this album), 2 original compositions from Maria Mendes; 2 instrumental Fados (scat singing) from Carlos Paredes (the father of the “Portuguese” guitar) and 6 famous Fados sung by Amália Rodrigues.
Production: John Beasley (Hammond, Synths, Orchestrations)
Team: Karel Boehlee (piano); Jasper Somsen (acoustic bass); Jasper van Hulten (drums/percussion); Vincent Houdijk (vibraphone)
Special thanks to Wedgeview Studios, Band, John Beasley, Robert Soomer, Udo Panneket, Metropole Orkest’s team, Paulo Gomes, Ico Costa, Eric Nieuwland.