MIAMI NEW TIMES
BEST FEMALE VOCALIST
Speaking of love, it’s hard not to amour Rose Max when she sings, for example, Speaking of Love (Falando de Amor) or any of those Brazilian jazz standards that make us so happy we could cry. Husband Ramatis Moraes provides Max’s lush bed of guitar chords. Whatever the venue, everybody is in seventh heaven… She appeared out of nowhere, as goes the Toni Bellotto and Nando Reis classic Pra Dizer Adeus (To Say Goodbye), which she delivers on her recently released first CD. You never saw me alone, you never heard me cry, it continues. You make it hard to imagine whether it’s too early or too late to say goodbye. It is always both once Max has begun to sing.
BEST LOUNGE ACT
Rose Max Brazilian chanteuse Rose Max has been around for years, singing in clubs like Van Dyke Café and Jazid and frequently backed by the Don Wilner Quartet. The product of a long line of Rio de Janeiro musicians, Max moved to Miami twelve years ago, slowly becoming a familiar and welcome presence in the all too tiny local jazz scene. Her performances are perfect for chilling in a South Beach lounge while nursing a potent caipirinha. Max somehow manages to exude both vivacity and an easy earthiness in a wide range of styles, including bossa nova and samba.