by Larry Monroe & Donna McElroy

Produced by Michael Farquharson and Matthew Nicholl, Carinhoso is a collection of songs from the traditional Brazilian repertoire that have been reimagined and reinterpreted with strings and many special guests.

Design by Olivia Glennon

Design by Olivia Glennon

Carinhoso began when the four of us, Donna, Matt, Michael and I, decided we wanted to record some jazz with a string orchestra. A recording wherein the orchestra would not simply accompany, but be fully interactive and, much in the manner of a jazz trio, be an integral part of the writing and performance. With Matt and Michael, both experienced rhythm players, doing the arranging, I felt we could have an ensemble where the arrangers, the performers and the orchestra would be equally challenged and in musical balance. Finding a musical theme for our project was not a problem. Knowing Matt has spent much of his musical life studying Brazilian music culture, it was an easy and obvious choice to make that music the focus of our recording. All four of us have been lifelong jazz musicians and know well the influence Brazilian musicians and composers have had on jazz. In the end, the music on this recording defies categorization; it is not pure jazz, Brazilian or orchestral music. Instead, it is what we wanted from the beginning—very nice music, crafted and performed by superb arrangers and musicians who hope the listener will enjoy it as much as we enjoyed recording it.

-Larry Monroe

Donna McElroy

Donna McElroy

Larry Monroe

Larry Monroe

Michael Farquharson & Matthew Nicholl

Michael Farquharson & Matthew Nicholl

Track Listing

  1. Retrato Em Branco E Preto (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chico Buarque)

  2. O Jardim (Keren Ann, Benjamin Biolay. Portuguese lyrics by Michelino Silvano and Bia Krieger

  3. Carinhoso (Pixinguinha)

  4. Embola A Bola (Djavan)

  5. Triste (Antonio Carlos Jobim)

  6. Só Tinha de Ser Com Voçe (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Aloysio de Oliveiro)

  7. Aquarela Do Brasil (Ary Barroso)

  8. Por Toda Minha Vida (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes)

  9. A Gente Merece Ser Feliz (Ivan Lins, Paulo Cesar Pinheiro)

Production Credits

Engineered and Mixed by Michael Farquharson at MixOne Studios. Boston, MA

Strings recorded by John Weston at Futura Productions. Rosindale, MA

Additional rhythm tracks recorded at MixOne Studios. Boston, MA

Engineered by Adam Weiss

Mastered by Jeff Lipton, Assistant

Mastering engineer Maria Rice. Peerless Mastering, Newton, MA

Design and Photography by Olivia Glennon


Arranged, orchestrated and conducted by Matthew Nicholl except ‘O Jardim’,' ‘Embola A Bola’ and ‘A Gente Merece Ser Feliz’, arranged, orchestrated and conducted by Michael Farquharson


Produced by Michael Farquharson and Matthew Nicholl

Executive Producer Larry Monroe

Product Manager Javier Limón