Leleo - on Acid Jazz Records
Leleo has been building his reputation first in Brazil and around the world since the late 1980s and is all set to repeat his success here in the UK with his newest album Maravilhas.
He enjoys an extremely successful chart-topping career and has worked with the crème de la crème of musicians from the Portuguese-speaking world, such as Gilberto Gil and Bernardo Vilhena, famous Brazilian pop poet and lyricist, with whom he subsequently started a partnership in 2004, the results of which can be heard on this album.
Now Leleo is a singer, composer and producer with his own very definite contemporary sound and yet it evokes that happy flavour found in the 1970s style of people like Jorge Benjor and Sergio Mendes. Acid Jazz meets new bossa samba swing. They call it “Swing Bossa”.
Leleo’s band’s name Maravilhas also inspired the album's title. The band is a group of talented friends: Nara Gil, Laufer, Ricardo Imperatore and Roger Negão.
We can’t stop playing it; we carry on tapping our toes and here comes that dance feeling again. Happy tunes from a happy place. If it is not Copacabana, Rio...it must be somewhere inside Leleo’s world.