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JOYCE WITH MAURICIO MAESTRO - NATUREZA (PRODUCED, ARRANGED AND CONDUCTED BY CLAUS OGERMAN) VINYL (GATEFOLD LP)

JOYCE WITH MAURICIO MAESTRO - NATUREZA (PRODUCED, ARRANGED AND CONDUCTED BY CLAUS OGERMAN) VINYL (GATEFOLD LP)

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Release Date: 9th December 2022



"While living in New York, Joyce was approached by the great German producer Claus Ogerman. Ogerman had already played a pivotal role in the development and popularisation of Brazilian music in the 1960s, recording with some of the all- time greats like Jobim and Joao Gilberto, as well as North American idols like Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday and Bill Evans. "I met him in New York City, in 1977 , recalls Joyce. I was living and playing there, and Joao Palma, Brazilian drummer who used to play with Jobim, introduced me to Claus. We had an audition, he liked what we were doing and decided to produce an album with us. Featuring fellow Brazilian musicians Mauricio Maestro (who wrote/ co- wrote four of the songs), Nana Vasconcelos and Tutty Moreno, and some of the most in-demand stateside players including Michael Brecker, Joe Farrell and Buster Williams, the recordings for Natureza took place at Columbia Studios and Ogerman produced the album, provided the arrangements and conducted the orchestra. But mysteriously, Natureza was never released, and what should have been Joyce's big moment never happened. As Joyce remembers, I returned home, but Claus and I remained in contact, by letters and phone calls. He was very enthusiastic about the album and tried to hook me up with Michael Franks. He wanted me to go back to NYC in order to re-record the vocals in English with new lyrics, which I actually wasn't too happy about. But then I got pregnant with my third child and could not leave Brazil. And little by little our contact became rare, until I lost track of him completely. And that was it. I never heard from him again." While Claus was known to be something of an elusive character, the album's disappearance might also have been a result of timing. The Brazilian craze was coming to an end, making way for disco and new wave at the end of the seventies, and Ogerman struggled to find a major label interested in a new Brazilian sensation. Additionally, as Joyce mentions, it wasn't quite finished. Ogerman wanted to add finishing touches to the mix and to record alternative English lyrics for the US and international markets - a critical artistic difference between Joyce and Ogerman. As the military dictatorship's grip on Brazil began to subside in the 1980s, Joyce had a handful of hits in her home county, including a tribute to her daughters Clareana', and the iconic Feminina'"