Now we enjoy her collaboration with guitarist Andre Matos, Primavera (Inner Circle Music 039). The saudade of Portuguese music means we get a kind of lyricism that has a slightly reflective, sad tinge. It's something you feel listening. You don't have to know Portuguese if you know. This is a set redolent with the Portuguese ethos, and it suits Sara's vocal sweet-deepness well. Essentially here Sara gives us wordless and word-ful vocals plus some electric and acoustic piano. Andre Matos gives us plenty of guitar and electric bass. There is some multiple-tracking to get a full band sound. They are joined by guests Greg Osby, Leo Genovese and Pete Rende for selected cuts, to flesh out the sound a bit now and again.
There are a bunch of very mellifluous Matos tunes and a couple of choice ones by Ms. Serpa. They shine with lyrical beauty and movement. Then there's one goodie by Blake and Jeanne Lee, and a beautiful Portuguese ballad by Guillermo Klein.
It's a subtle, captivating, nicely served-up music with that touch of longing that's great for spring (summer, fall, winter). It shows the very strong musicality of both artists in a very captivating light. It feels good to listen!!