GRAMMY nominated - 2003 - Jazz Vocal. "This is the final album of a trilogy – my need to refer back to my Brazilian roots, my desire to embrace jazz and the American songbook, and my attempt to combine elements of these idioms in my own composing. By now, I have lived half of my life in each place - North and South.
When collecting songs for North and South there was no shortage of great standards. There is such strength in the writing of the classics of both jazz and Brazilian music, my work was to pick a few of my favorite tunes, and present them honestly - we did them as close to a live performance as possible - these gorgeous melodies, rich progressions, and beautiful lyrics.
In thinking about the role of geography in my life, I found that I could leave the country, but the country would never leave me. I feel the strong gravitational pull of the South in the sound of my voice, the way I phrase, the rhythmic choices I make when I arrange. Perhaps in looking to find the differences between the hemispheres, I found plenty of common ground in these love songs." - Luciana Souza
Reviews"I cannot stop listening to this album. It is a combination of traditional and Brazilian jazz, complete with Ms. Souza delivering some great vocals in both English and Portuguese.