“If you love the sinewy Brazilian melodies of …you would do well to seek out Rick Udler & Maria Alvim’s Rhythm & Romance, a richly textured effort which takes a page from Braziljazz legends and makes it personal...a well-suited pair, with the seamless give-and-take of a Brazilian Tuck and Patti.”
“..Guitarist/arranger/songwriter Rick Udler and singer Maria Alvim draw deeply from the founts of the great composers, but achieve a fresh fluidity all their own...A pleasant surprise, this record is worthy of some real recognition.”
“Rhythm & Romance captures, and then recreates, the best of the Brazilian sound…”
“This beautiful CD…is a magical journey from tracks one through fourteen. Certainly well recommended.”
“True bossa heads will welcome this tasteful, elegant duo’s album.”
“The uncompromising artistry of Rick Udler and Maria Alvim has produced an album of extraordinary sonic pleasures...It’s an album that’s been long overdue.”
“Rhythm & Romance contains some fine acoustic-based Latin jazz with a few welcome quirks. ...Rick Udler (nylon-string guitar) and Maria Alvim (vocals) serve up a rootsy mix of traditional samba sounds and some very interesting guitar work.”
A stunningly perfect album! Another reviewer comments on the guitar player (great) and his compositions (also great). I want to point out that Maria has a superb voice, and the arrangements are top-notch. The focus is one guitar and one voice, with quite a bit of percussion and some flute (and a few other colorful touches). Strong Brazilian flavour leavened with tasteful jazz.If you like any styles of acoustic Brazilian music, and/or acoustic jazz, you will love the CD. It will definitely remain an ‘unknown classic’ for decades to come. Highly recommended.