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Studio Rio - Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection

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Whether in Havana, Cuba, with the singers and musicians of the legendary Buena Vista Social Club (Rhythms del Mundo), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with the iconic figures of bossa nova and samba (Studio Rio), or in the Caribbean with the Baha Men (“Who Let the Dogs Out”), music producers and songwriters Christian and Frank Berman are always looking for the perfect rhythm – one that is authentic and crafted by the best local musicians while also having a mainstream appeal.

Rio de Janeiro was the birthplace of the Berman Brothers’ 2014 production Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection – a lively and seamless blend of samba and bossa nova arrangements with some of the most iconic American vocal performances from Billie Holiday, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, the Isley Brothers, Sly & The Family Stone, Mel Torme, Dave Brubeck and Sarah Vaughan among others. 

These famous recordings are melded with brand-new, authentically arranged backing tracks from an all-star cast of Brazilian musical pioneers from the bossa nova and samba genres, including Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Roberto Menescal and Brazilian musical legend Marcos Valle. The "Studio Rio" version of the Isley Brothers’ “It’s Your Thing“ is included on the Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Album, and Marvin Gaye’s samba-infused version of “Sexual Healing” is on the exclusive list of songs played in stadiums during the 2014 FIFA Soccer World Cup games in Brazil.

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