Bebel Gilberto Goes 'All In' With Verve
Time spent in Jamaica, a new marriage and a deal with Verve are the driving factors for Brazilian vocalist Bebel Gilberto's fourth record, "All In One." The twelve song set - due September 29 - features a host of different producers, including Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen), the Brazilian Girls' keyboardist Didi Gutman, the Dust Brothers' John King and Daniel Jobim, grandson of legendary Brazilian musician Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Gilberto, the daughter of famed bossa nova king Joao Gilberto, burst onto the scene with her warm, electronica fused debut, 2000's "Tanto Tempo," which has sold 309,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. Since then, she's expanded her musical ranges, drawing on jazz, soul and pop traditions, yet never forgetting her Brazilian roots. "All In One" seems to be an ominous title, as it finds her blending all of these styles into one record.
Like her past albums, most of "All In One" is sung in Portuguese, but finds her treading on many universal themes. "I talk about nature, love, life moments," Gilberto tells Billboard.com. "Life is hard, sometimes it's wonderful. We had this beautiful marriage with Verve and my long relationships with everyone on this record - I think that adds a lot, too."
Of the twelve songs, Gilberto wrote or co-wrote six, with stand outs including the string-tinged "Port Antonio" and the breezy, island-inspired opener "Cancao de Amor." She also reimagines Bob Marley's "Sun Is Shining" and Stevie Wonder's "The Real Thing," as well as tackling the Mack Gordon/Harry Warren classic "Chica Chica Boom Chic," which was popularized by Brazilian samba singer/actress Carmen Miranda. "There is not a Brazilian singer that can't think about her," Gilberto says of Miranda. "She's been my idol for years."
Although no dates are yet confirmed, Gilberto is scheduled to hit the road this fall in support of "All In One." She will appear alongside Seu Jorge and Thomas Wilkins at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on September 11-13 as part of the "Fireworks Finale with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra: Blame It On Rio" weekend.
Here is the track list for "All In One":
"Cancao de Amor"
"Sun Is Shining"
"The Real Thing"
"Ela (On My Way"
"Far From The Sea"
"All In One"
"Chica Chica Boom Chic"