Jazz’N’More Das Jazz & Blues Magazine, rate: ****
Lately an insider told me that Bossa Nova is a kind of buried in Brazil. It might be true, but the more beautiful it blooms in Europe; it seems as if it has found a particularly beautiful branch between the Netherlands and Switzerland. Not that Bossa Nova has been be invented again here, it seems rather to rest very relaxed in itself, but how wonderful! It is, as the title The chamber music project says, actually chamber music at his finest! Sung with nostalgia by Josee Koning, accompanied gently by the instrumental ensemble. The repertory contains some of Jobims well-known songs, as well as new compositions. The whole thing melts into a tribute to a way of life.
The Dutch Who’s the Bossa? (voice, guitar, cello and piano) demonstrates on CHAMBER MUSIC PROJECT its vision of Brazilian music. The name says it all, chamber music like, softly, but extremely clever they present originals and tracks of the ‘big’ Brazilian composers. They leave it almost always to the listener to imagine the Bossa Nova rhythm and play around it with bravura. So, much less JOAO GILBERTO but rather lots of A.C. JOBIM.
Heaven Music Magazine, rate: 8.5
Dutch top bossanova
With Josee Koning, the quartet has such a fine Brazilian-Portuguese singing vocalist, that many native singers in the South American country would be hard-pressed to match her. Due to her timbre and charm, Koning is one of our favorite singers in this language.
As the title – The Chamber Music Project – indicates, Who’s the Bossa? plays bossanova with a somewhat European chamber twist, with a main part for Daniel Pezzotti’s cello and Hans Vroomans’ piano.This doesn’t mean that the songs, by composers like Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chico Buarque, Milton Nascimento and Lenine, don’t sound top class Brazilian. The chamber music input even intensifies the typical Brazilian saudade, and the interaction of the instruments with Nelson Faria’s guitar and Josee Konings charming voice, takes this quartet to a higher level. They give a beautiful and authentic twist to bossanova, and that is an extraordinary achievement.
Jazzism Magazine, rate: ****
The band Who’s the Bossa? was built around singer Josee Koning, a distinguished interpreter of Brazilian music, and very capable to select the finest Brazilian music. The other members are pianist Hans Vroomans, Swiss cellist Daniel Pezzotti, and Brazilian guitarist Nelson Faria. This album, recorded in the Dutch Wedgeview Studios, contains twelve songs, mostly of Brazilian origin. Highly successful is the medley of Bachianas Brasileirias (Heitor Villa Lobos) with Passarim (Antonio Carlos Jobim). We also hear a couple of songs by Jobim and a standard by Cole Porter. This song, So in love, shows once again that Porter’s songs are very suitable for are for a bossanova interpretation. Finally there is a very nice original by Eric Koning: Summer Evening.
Online review by Musica Brasileira.