Elis Regina was one of the most ferociously talented singers to emerge from Brazil. A perfectionist who was frequently dissatisfied, Regina drove herself and members of her band relentlessly, leading to her being dubbed "Hurricane" and "Little Pepper" by musicians and journalists. Her tempestuous nature aside, she commanded the respect of Brazil's leading songwriters, who lined up for the chance to have her record one of their songs, and for much of her short life was the country's most popular female vocalist.
Honeysuckle Rose / Aquarela Do Brasil is a 1969 bossa nova-style jazz album by Elis Regina and Toots Thielemans on the Fontana Special sublabel of Philips Records. Release number is 6424 088. It features the Elis Cinque quintet, in a lineup with Toots Thielemans (guitar and harmonica), Elis Regina (vocals), Antonio Adolfo (piano), Roberto Menescal (guitar) and Wilson das Neves (percussion).
Elis has been considered the best Brazilian singer of all time only surpassed by singer Tim Maia. This album was arguably the most successful of his career, and is recognized as one of the most representative of Brazilian popular music. The idea for the album came out of that Elis developed alone one season titled 'False brilhante' (from late 1975 to early 1977), which reached over 1,200 performances. With part of the repertoire she performed this record was made.
Compilation album, published posthumously in Brazil, performed by singer Elis Regina (Porto Alegre, 1945-1982), considered the best Brazilian singer of all time. Her voice and personality on stage became an innovative performer, able to drag her audience with the deployment of various emotions where each song demands it. Her early death at 36 years (due to a combination of alcohol and drug overdose) foiled a career that was definitely meant to be brilliant.
When Elis Regina and Antonio Carlos Jobim came together to record this album in 1974, she – at 29 – was already considered one of Brazil's greatest singers, and he was renowned as one of the country's most beloved songwriters. Yet the two luminaries hardly knew each other and reportedly were actually nervous about meeting. The chemistry once they sat down to record, though, is now legendary – and palpable on this seminal recording. The record opens with Jobim's famous "Aguas De Março" (Waters of March). Though it wasn't the first recording of the song, the duo's laughing exchanges and Regina's easy yet precise mastery made this version definitive. Regina also puts her stamp on Jobim classics such as "Triste" and "Corcovado." Elsewhere the duo and their understated accompaniment alternate between laid-back syncopated swing and slower songs that showcase the emotional range of Regina's celebrated instrument. Rightfully considered a classic, this album represents two musical giants at the height of their powers. Regina – who died of an overdose at 37 – sings with power, delicacy, swing and emotion; while Jobim exudes an avuncular charm that is made up of equal parts elegance and good humor. Marty Lipp, Barnes & Noble
Elis Regina, a cool, feminine Brazilian singer who died tragically of cocaine/alcohol poisoning at age 36, made this often deeply affecting album with Antonio Carlos Jobim in Los Angeles for the Brazilian market only; it was not released in the U.S. until 1989. While there is plenty of bossa nova here, the arrangements at times reflect the more cinematic, more inward directions that Jobim's music was taking, and the lyrics often speak even more harrowingly of heartbreak than ever. Yet this pair can also celebrate Jobim's music, as they do in a rendition of "Aguas de Marco" that nearly collapses in unself-conscious laughter. Throughout, Regina is in the spotlight, with Jobim a supporting, sometimes invisible but always pervasive presence.Review: ~ Richard S. Ginell, All Music Guide