A great little 2 CD set – one that offers up two rare slices of work from Tania Maria's years in Europe! The material here follows Tania's recordings for Barclay in France during the mid 70s – and it's done in a mode that's even more stripped down and jazz-based – a real change from her more famous recordings in the US during the 80s, but no less beautiful! CD 1 features Tania in duet formation with bassist Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen – only Tania on piano and vocals, and Niels on bass, in a groove that's very stripped-down, yet also filled with all the life, light, and color of Maria's best work with bigger groups! Niels contributions to the set are certainly important, but Tania really drives most of the record herself – through magically flowing work on the piano, and sweetly breezy vocals that follow the groove! Titles include "Bim Bom", "Baiano Improvisado", "Rapaz De Bem", "Casinha Perquenina
", "Refrao Popular", and "Chorinho Do Marquinho". CD 2 features Tania's trio caught live at Cafe Montmartre – Tania on vocals and piano, Andre Ceccarelli on drums, and Marc Bertreaux on bass – skipping along with the joyous groove of her Via Brasil albums from a few years earlier, really setting fire with a unique approach to bossa and Brazilian jazz! Titles include "O Que E Amar", "Carona", "Mr & Mrs", "Catoamante", and "Pingas Da Vida".