Carolina is Saboya’s first U.S. album release since her 2012 debut disc, Belezas – the Music of Ivan Lins and Milton Nascimento. A voice very like the popular Astrud Gilberto, she sparkles on Adolfo’s arrangements of eight classic pieces from Brazilian composers. Of course, there is Jobim: She begins with “Passarim (Little Bird)" and adds “Olha, Maria (Hey, Maria)." There is also a gorgeous version of the famous “A Felicidade (Joy/Happiness)" from Black Orpheus.carol_saboya_capa
“1 x 0," the title reflecting a soccer score, gets a playful treatment and includes her interesting vocalise duet with the flute of Martins. “Zanzibar," which closes the album, also features some energetic vocal gymnastics. There are two pop tunes, Lennon and McCartney’s “Hello Goodbye" and Sting’s “Fragile," and they are pleasant enough. After all, she has a beautiful voice, but my own preference is for her work on tunes like Djavan’s “Avião (Airplane) and “Faltando um Pedaço (Missing a Piece)."