Sunny Day

Coelho & Ridnell
Sons of Happiness / Crazy Rabbit Music
Producer: Matt Baxter

Sunny Day is the result of an encounter between two songwriters – Brazilian Chico Coelho and American Dave Ridnell – in San Francisco. United by a mutual respect for the masters of the craft and a passion for the sounds of Brazilian bossa nova, MPB and American jazz and pop, Coelho & Ridnell interweave nylon string and electric guitars on songs which talk in both Portuguese and English of love, happiness, solitude and hope, ecology, and human philosophy. A stellar international crew of players help Chico and Dave transport the listener on a heartfelt voyage across the musical landscapes of Brazil and America. Embarking with the burning chromatic harmonica lines of Hendrik Meurkens on “Something About Lovers” – an “American samba” inspired by Chet Baker – the journey continues to the breezy California pop of “Sunny Day”, featuring the funky groove of rhythm section Victor Little and Billy “Shoes” Johnson, up to the top of a lonesome hillside on “Lobo” with its haunting production by seminal Brazilian bassist Bororó Felipe, down to the lush horn arrangements of trombonist Wayne Wallace, layered throughout songs such as “Well” and “Chiclete”, and finally landing back home where it all began with “Fuzue”, Chico’s homage to the city of San Francisco. Recorded and produced primarily at Baxter’s Ranch in the beautiful Sierra Foothills of Northern California, additional sessions went down in Brooklyn, New York and the cities of Sao Paulo, Piracicaba, and Goiania in Brazil.