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20. Bossa Nova Brasil

1. Getz/Gilberto
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Originally released in March 1964, this collaboration between saxophonist Stan Getz and guitarist João Gilberto came at seemingly the end of the bossa nova craze Getz himself had sparked in 1962 with Jazz Samba, his release with American guitarist Charlie Byrd. Jazz Samba remains the only jazz album to reach number one in the pop charts. In fact, the story goes that Getz had to push for the release of Getz/Gilberto since the company did not want to compete with its own hit; it was a good thing he did. Getz/Gilberto, which featured composer Antonio Carlos Jobim on piano, not only yielded the hit "Girl from Ipanema" (sung by Astrud Gilberto, the guitarist's wife, who had no professional experience) but also "Corcovado" ("Quiet Night")--an instant standard, and the definitive version of "Desafinado." Getz/Gilberto spent 96 weeks in the charts and won four Grammys. It remains one of those rare cases in popular music where commercial success matches artistic merit. Bossa nova's "cool" aesthetic--with its understated rhythms, rich harmonies, and slightly detached delivery--had been influenced, in part, by cool jazz. Gilberto in particular was a Stan Getz fan. Getz, with his lyricism, the bittersweet longing in his sound, and his restrained but strong swing, was the perfect fit. His lines, at once decisive and evanescent, focus the rest of the group's performance without overpowering. A classic. --Fernando Gonzalez ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Tall and tan and young and lonely...
The 1964 winner for Best Album was this mellow but spright cool jazz album that pushed Latin bossa nova and samba rhythms on the map. With a lineup that included Joao Gilberto on guitar and vocals, Antonio Carlos Jobim on piano, Tommy Williams on bass, Milton Banana on drums, and on the two most memorable songs, Joao's wife Astrud. However, the driving force behind this was tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, and his straight-tone, controlled-vibrato sound.

The album starts appropriately enough with the Grammy winner for best song, "The Girl From Ipanema". This is the full 5:22 version that begins with Joao Gilberto singing in Portuguese. Then comes that soft voice and those familiar lyrics: "Tall and tan and young and lonely/The girl from Ipanema goes walking/And when she passes/Each one she passes goes haaa." Well, the thing that makes me go "haaa" here is Astrud Gilberto's voice. Getz's sax solo and Jobim's piano in the middle serves as a bridge between the two refrains. There is a 45 rpm version of this classic, the 2:46 single edit of just Astrud singing, included later. I must confess that I first heard a parody of this song, Bob River's "The Girl With Emphysema", and then sought hard to find out the original version, which led me to this album.

"Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)" is the other song featuring Astrud Gilberto. In the full 4:14 version, we have Joao doing Portuguese lyrics, as he did in the full version of "Ipanema." There is a dreamy quality about this song, particularly when Astrud sings "Quiet nights and quiet dreams/Quiet walks by quiet streams/And the window lookin' on the mountains and the sea how lovely." And Getz's sax really enhances that exoticness as does Jobim's piano. BTW, Corcovado is the name of a mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro. There is a 2:21 45 rpm issue included here as well.

As for the rest of the songs, Getz's rich saxophone provides the rich qualities that make this a winner, particularly his solo on "So Danso Samba" with its "vai vai vai vai vai" refrain by Joao Gilberto. The song title means "I Only Dance Samba", as opposed to calypso, the twist, and the cha-cha that were sweeping the country's dance floors in the 1960's. And Joao Gilberto's soft vocals complement the soft qualities of the other instrumentalists. Only complaint: Astrud should've been featured on more songs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
This is such a terrific CD. It was a break trough in 1964 when it was released introducing Bossa Nova to world audiences. Every Grammy it received like best album and best song for The Girl From Ipanema was well deserved.

It's hard to say which performance is more impressive. Would it be the marvelous Tom Jobim composition? Or the whispering Joao Gilberto's voice accompanying his wonderful guitar cords? Would it be the melodic Stan Getz sax solos. Or the soft almost childish Astrud Gilberto's voice? Probably the combination of all.

Every track is special but my favorites are Corcovado and Doralice. Doralice has the most beautiful saxophone solo I ever heard however, for some strange reason, the song is almost unknown even in Brazil.

Most of the lyrics are in Portuguese but The Girl From Ipanema and the beginning of Corcovado are sung in English by Astrud but this shouldn't be an obstacle for the appreciation of this masterpiece. With under 40 minutes of total play time and two very similar releases of The Girl From Ipanema and Corcovado it might seem not too much bang for your buck but believe me it pays off.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE Best Bossa Nova Album
Have owned two vinyl copies of this album. Wore out the first copy. Will probably buy the CD. I can't add too much to the previous reviews but let me add two words, 'Timeless & Elegant.'

5-0 out of 5 stars One thing to say---
I do not know a word of Portugese, but I can sing "The Girl From Impanema" by heart -- in Portugese. That's how many times I've played this album.

If you can and have the means to play it, get this in its original LP format. But the CD is most excellent as well, and if you haven't ever heard it, I encourage you to buy it right now; you won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Something about Samba
This will just be a short review..this CD is absolutely wonderful. I am not going to compare it to anything...I'm not even going to try and describe it other than to say it brings me an incredible amount of joy. It's sexy cool, it's flippin' hot.

It's just right for a night of loving.

My only complaint is that it is too short...but maybe that's the genius of it because it made me crave other music by both Getz and Gilberto.

So I'm going to let you stop reading and let you purchase this beautiful recording. ... Read more


2. Something's Gotta Give
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great movie, but missing a great song on soundtrack
The movie was great and so is the soundtrack--for the most part. I agree with the people who have posted reviews before me...the soundtrack is missing that great song from the Diane Keaton/Keanu Reeves scene in her kitchen. I hate to post such a question here, but does anyone know what the name of that song is and who sings it? It isn't "Sunday Morning" by Maroon 5 as a previous poster suggested. I am sure that it wasn't Jamiroquai, as I did not see it listed in the song credits after the film, but it sounded a lot like him. If anyone can figure it out......please post!

4-0 out of 5 stars song titles and boum boum!
The album is good on its own, it's very relaxing, and perfectly evokes the part in the movie where Erica was doing her writing and Harry was around.. It would've been REALLY great if it had included all the contemporary songs like Paul Simon's "Learn How to Fall", the Krazytown song "Butterfly" and Maroon 5's "Sunday Morning", Earth Wind and Fire's "Sing a Song". And the song someone here was looking for is really titled "Boum Boum", sung by Charles Trenet. All the more contemporary songs weren't in the album, so disappointing! I hope they decide to release another soundtrack to the album, with all the missing songs.

4-0 out of 5 stars Song at the end of credits
I'm also looking for that haunting music that plays whenever Jack and Diane are together. It also plays at the very end of the movie as the final credits roll. Can anyone tell us the name of the song and the artist? It's an instrumental.You can e-mail me at jbballi@hotmail.com.

Thanks,

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome! and the mysterious song...
A Great Movie and CD...the mysterious song that plays when Harry and Erica are together on piano, then guitar is called Remember Me and is featured on this CD

3-0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTED
Great movie. Disappointing CD as there are only 14 tracks of the 28 from the movie on the CD. What a let down. I loved all the tracks. I most certainly would/will pay double to have all of the tracks. Come on SONY do me/us a big favour and release the real sound track. ... Read more


3. Tanto Tempo
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Her father may be the legendary Brazilian guitarist Joao Gilberto, but in 2000 daughter Bebel proved that she understands the bossa nova, too. There's a subtlety throughout this recording that makes Bebel's voice entrancing, as she re-creates the sensual essence of bossa nova before running with it into electronic territory toward the album's end. Tanto Tempo is an even-tempered statement that manages to showcase Bebel's own sexy voice while gracefully remembering the past. --Karen K. Hugg ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Close your eyes
I bought "Tanto Tempo" a couple of years ago because I was looking to expand my musical horizons. At the time I was curious to hear what bossa nova was all about so I bought the Bebel Gilberto cd online. I haven't listened to the cd in eons since my musical tastes is constantly changing. On a whim I decided to listen to "Tanto Tempo" recently. For some odd reason, Bebel Gilberto reminds me of last year's break out artist Norah Jones. Her voice is very subtle and never overwhelming (see Celine Dion). The music is very mellow and relaxing to listen to, the perfect soundtrack to hot summer day when all you want to do is lay in the shade and relax with a tall glass of iced tea. Obviously Bebel had to have some influence from her famous father Joao Gilberto, a well known Brazilian guitarist (another similarity to Norah Jones, both have famous fathers). The opening tracks on "Tanto Tempo" really stood out with me. The mellow music and Bebel's gentle vocals totally matched well together and didn't overtake one another. When I first listened to "Tanto Tempo", I really couldn't get into the cd but now that I have been listening to a lot of chill out music, I find myself enjoying Bebel Gilberto's music much more than a couple of years ago. The perfect music to listen to on a lazy Sunday morning while reading the newspaper and drinking a glass of orange juice or a hot steaming cup of coffee.

4-0 out of 5 stars Aural Sunshine
I checked this album out on a whim because I was familiar with her last name and I am mildly acquainted with the work of her father. After listening to the album in its entirety, I was stunned. Bebel has an amazing, soothing voice that floats over the intricate, layered music beautifully. She takes the samba and bossa nova of her father and his contemporaries and adds the subtle touches of trip -hop and groove music, and the result is amazing. The first track is the album's finest, a breezy, seductive little number that I wish was longer. Other standouts are tracks 2, 3, 5, 7, and 10. This is summer music, the aural equivalent of afternoon sunshine and blue skies. The music will sound brilliant coming from your car stereo or if you're listening on headphones. Her voice is really something to be heard, one of the most striking and relaxing I've heard on record, and there are moments when she will absolutely nail you to the wall. I'm definitely very impressed with Ms. Gilberto and I will be listening to this album a great deal in the next few months.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect background
I agree with what many previous writers have alluded to: put on Bebel Gilberto's "Tanto Tempo" as the background at any gathering and - before the CD is through - everyone will have asked you what you're playing. The music is infectious and Bebel's voice is lilting, silky and sensuous, a feeling that comes across in either Portuguese or English (the sounds are a mixture of each - sometimes dividing choruses between the two like in the wonderful "August Day Song"). In fact, you'll probably get hooked by the most approachable songs, like the English language "So Nice (Summer Samba)" but then learn to love the Portuguese-penned tunes as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tanto Temptress
There is a certain kind of mid- to late-summer day that is characterized by hazy sunshine, warm, languid breezes that seem to carry a whiff of the salty sea and cool, mellow music playing somewhere in the background on a radio. That music has got to be "Tanto Tempo," the official soundtrack of lazy summer afternoons. Bebel Gilberto brings a somewhat more modern sensibility to the samba sounds of her legendary father, Joao Gilberto, but she is no heretic. "Tanto Tempo" is not a tricked up, "pop-ified" version of Brazilian music. It's authentic. But this is the sound of the new samba generation, and it's as bracing and refreshing as a cocktail on the beach. Put this disc on when you have friends over for a summer picnic or an evening martini mixer. I guarantee that by the time the evening is over everyone will have asked you "who is this on the stereo?" and you will have helped Bebel sell a few more copies of this terrific work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bebel - an unexpected surprise
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As a practitioner of the Latin arts, Bebel Gilberto shines.

I first heard her coming through the stereo one summer's afternoon in a small wine bar overlooking the bay.

There's something about the beach, summer and Latin music - it's as though they are part of the same sensuous experience. I had never heard of Bebel Gilberto before (although I knew of her famous father) but I was hooked.

On Tanto Tempo, she recasts the spell of a bygone era with simplicity, elegance and style.

She rediscovers and reinterprets her Brazilian roots with freshness and a new millennium feel.

But yet there's also something familiar and reassuring here - the samba of the 60s with its gentle, romantic nuances and its soft Latin undercurrents.

Tanto Tempo proves that sometimes the more things change the more they remain the same.

FIVE STARS for this beautiful and totally unexpected set. ... Read more


4. Bebel Gilberto
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With the release of her debut Tanto Tempo in 2000, the Brazilian singerBebel Gilberto and the late DJ Suba redefined the bossa nova sound. Hersophomore effort, produced by Marius de Vries, the soundmeister behindMadonna, Annie Lennox and Bjork, was recorded in Rio, Bahia, London and NewYork. Gilberto's cool contralto sings sweetly oversynths, strings, percussion acoustic piano and horns. Daniel Jobim and PedroBaby contributed compositions. Caetano Veloso's "Baby" features lyrics byOs Mutantes, and Carlinhos Brown's candomblé-cadenced, "Aganju" swings witha nod to Africa. Bebel's hushed vocals reveal the influences of herfather, the legendary Joao Gilberto, and of her mother Miucha on theelectro-bossa beats of "Winter." Ditto the ocean-breezed "O Caminho," withjazzy orchestrations and pianisms provided by Joao Donato. This disc aimsfor the ear rather than the hips, but don't be surprised if future remixescould flip that sonic script. --Eugene Holley, Jr. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Bossa Nova Bliss, Great Summertime Record
It must be in the genes. There is a great swing and summertime glide to this music that I find totally enchanting. As mystifyingly seductive as "The Girl From Ipanema," this CD finds daughter Bebel crafting an incredibly strong follow up to TANTO TEMPO. No sophomore jinx here. The musicians are terrific throughout, and while the lyrics are of no real substance, it is the mood they conjure, be it in Portugese or Bebel's take on English. I'd cut off my arm to have a woman sing to me like that.
The summer heat and the humid waves of a sultry tropical night undulate through this music. This is the stuff for very little clothing and lots of romance. The ballads are uncomplicated paeans to a lover, the sambas are just so swinging as to inspire you to walk in time with the music. This is just a lot of fun.
Gilberto's voice is perfect for all of it. She has assembled such a brilliant cast of musicians that they collectively honour her father's legacy and advance the bossa nova seduction well into the Twenty-first Century. The recording is pristine. You can virtually here fingers touch the nylon strings of the guitars and the percussion percolates as though you were surrounded by the players. Quite an impressive recording! Many's the ostensible chanteuse, particularly the blonde ones, who ought to woodshed with this CD until they get it right (and lose their self absorbed English husbands). In any case, this is what seductive jazz singing sounds like, and I suspect I shall be listening to this through the summers on PEI and well into the frosts of winter. It has a passionately warming effect.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bossa nova heiress takes big step forward
Bebel Gilberto's 2000 debut "Tanto Tempo" was a crossover come true: critics loved it, DJs tweaked the tracks and brought it to club audiences, it became a landmark disc in the chillout movement and it sold well enough to stay on Billboard's World Music Chart for fifty weeks. So what does she do for an encore?

She ups the ante, that's what. Her self-titled sophomore release prove that the fruit didn't fall far from the musical tree (Bebel's father Joao, alongside Antonio Carlos Jobim and Stan Getz, was crucial in the bossa nova movement of the 60's). And not only is the grace and style of her debut still intact, but her singing is more confident and relaxed...her vocals are downright fluid on breezy midtempo numbers like "Baby" and "River Song," and the ballads "All Around" and "Winter" are sweetly heartfelt. And listeners drawn to the electronica elements of her debut have plenty to be happy about; while not high in beats-per-minute, "Aganju" and "Cada Beijo" each sound like something only the hippest after-hours club would spin.

Sophomore slumps prey on even the most promising artists, but Bebel managed to turn a potential curse into an artistic blessing. Emotional, sensual and wickedly listenable, "Bebel Gilberto" is, like its predecessor, a must-own, must-buy, must-love album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, buoyant Bebel bossa nova -
Bebel Gilberto's self-titled second cd is the follow-up to her ground-breaking "Tanto Tempo" which was widely accepted in North American sales although her Brazilian pedigree goes back a generation. Bebel is the daughter of Miucha, a well-known Brazilian singer and her father is Joao Gilberto a renowned Brazilian bossa nova musician. I must admit that when it comes to the Bosa Nova I far prefer male voices. Specifically, there is no music that is the definition of Brazilian rhythmic warmth to me like Antonio Carlos Jobim. The lower register voices are more sultry and capture that relaxed loose latin rhythum for me better than female singers - just a personal preference. That said I do like this cd. I especially love her version of Caetano Veloso's "Baby" in the first track. It's subtle but expressive. This cd isn't as "clubby" mixed as her first but it's mature and warm and lovely for a listen. If you like to sway in a Brazilian way - you'll enjoy this cd.

5-0 out of 5 stars sexy, hot, breezy, sunny, wet, intoxicatingly excellent!!
I have waited so impatiently for Bebel's next recording, wondering if it would be as good as Tanto Tempo, worrying the second would not be as good as the first due to the untimely, tragic death of Suba (production is everything!). But my prayers were answered in her second self-titled cd. This collection of songs is every bit as good, if not even better, than Tanto Tempo. And I wore that one out, even had to buy two more. It has a lighter, more playful feel, and I really like the frequent use of flute (my instrument as well). But it can still evoke sexy, warm, smooth, dreamy, even melancholy feelings in even the most stoic of listeners. Bebel does not always have the perfect voice,especially when it comes to pitch, which I happen to like. I think it adds authenticity and emotion to her songs. I am still in that infatuation stage with the new cd, trying to find my favorite tune. I hear one and firmly decide that its my favorite, but then I hear the next and change my mind that it is indeed my favorite...until I hear the next one. I simply love them all right now!
I wonder if anyone knows of more music along these lines. I stumbled upon Bebel by accident (actually, I heard an interview with her on NPR and thought I might like her music given her familial ties)
I grew up on Sergio Mendes and Brazil, and Charlie Byrd Trio Bossa Nova,Antonio Carlos Jobim, and lots of Astrid as well. But I find too much techno a little off-putting to a degree. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
In conclusion, this cd will take you where ever you want to go. A white sand beach, a yacth in the Atlantic, a smokey low lit jazz club, a private picnic in the shade, whatever your pleasure. It is a wonderful piece to add to any fine music connoisseur's collection.
Enjoy!

2-0 out of 5 stars Not Tanto Tempo
Well this has been quite a disappointing album. She has such potentional to shy away from the typical jazz sound and Tanto Tempo shows this. I liked one song on the whole cd. I didnt like it... ... Read more


5. Wave
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It's hardly a stretch to say that Antonio Carlos Jobim--the wonderful Brazilian composer almost single-handedly responsible for all things bossa nova--influenced some of past half century's best and most insipid musics, from bossa nova jazz to elevator Muzak. Wave, a collection of 1967 dates featuring keyboardist Jobim backed by an extensive orchestra, straddles that line: it's full of amazing original compositions, but the arrangements have a certain faux suave, late-'60s lounge feel that reeks of stale cheese. The result is actually great, the veneer of kitsch insidiously masking Jobim's trademark immeasurable sadness, which creeps up on you and leaves you unexpectedly affected. --Keven McAlester ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The album that defines bossa nova
I first bought WAVE on vinyl, shortly it was released, already being a fan of Jobim. I played the grooves off of it. Now, I have it in CD. It's doubtful anyone in the world has played and listened to this album more than I have over the years. The appeal is threefold: First, Jobim's music is relentlessly upbeat and mood elevating. There is a happiness and joy which never fails to make your outlook on life better. Second, the music is relaxing. It cuts through tension and removes the stress and aggravation of everyday living. Third, it's rhythmic. Brazilian beats are recognized as the most expressive and soul-moving in the world. If these rhythms don't get your body subtly moving, you'll need life supports! If you don't know Jobim or haven't listened to Brazilian Bossa Nova, start here! Jobim is the undisputed, heavyweight champion of the genre and THIS album is at the absolute top of his work. Do NOT miss it!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
This CD is a classic, no doubt about it. It's a release that I would have to recommend to anyone that's a fan of Bossa Nova and Antonio Carlos Jobim's music. To many, Wave is like the essence of Bossa Nova and a cornerstone in the genre. Simply put, you haven't heard all there is to hear of Bossa Nova if you haven't heard this.

I love this CD - I can put it in no matter the time of day and unwind and relax. It has soothing orchestration, gentle touches of life and the musicianship is stellar, of course, and it's very romantic. It's almost like there's a song for each season of the year and once the music plays, you're taken to another place. Of all the Antonio Carlos Jobim releases, this is certainly an essential - along with Elis and Tom. So many artists have redone works here and it's safe to say that very very few of them capture the magic that the versions here do - with the notable exception of Elis Regina's "Triste" IMO.

Definitely PICK THIS UP! It's worth every penny. But be warned if you're a bit new to Bossa Nova, this isn't so much about Astrud Gilberto, Stan Getz or Joao Gilberto so the versions here are very different from theirs. And if you do pick this up and like it, certainly check out Getz/Gilberto, Elis & Tom, Astrud Gilberto and of course Joao Gilberto and work by Joyce. Oh yeah, and check out "Tide", by Antonio Carlos Jobim too. Enjoy!

4-0 out of 5 stars The Music of Antonio Carlos Hobim
Jobim Music is to float on a cloud of dreams. I have most of his music performed by all the great Brazilian artists including a
a superb rendition by Frank Sinatra {not Brazilian}
Ilove this CD.Although it is Instrumental The music is divine.
Jobim inspires love and romance in me.
From Arti a 24 years GUY

5-0 out of 5 stars The ultimate bossa nova album, and Tom Jobim's best
I just received this album, today, and I can't get enough of it! I had sampled listening to the tracks after being attracted to "Wave"'s unique album cover with the giraffe silhouetted in a 'green sky' background. (The picture on the back with Tom Jobim in silhouette is also nice, adding a haunting, dramatic touch.) I immediately fell in love with this album, and had to order it.

All of the tracks on Tom Jobim's "Wave" are bossa novas - bossa nova being my favorite style of Brazilian music. One can't help imagine being on a Rio beach while listening to the tracks, such as "Wave", "The Red Blouse", "Mojave" and, my ultimate favorite, "Antigua", which reminds one of the beach and sea. When I listen to "Antigua" (at least, just this version), whimsical person that I am, I imagine Alexander Belayev's "Amphibian" Ichthyander romancing his sweetheart, Gutierre on an isolated beach on that Caribbean island. I see them tenderly embracing (and kissing!) at the surf.

Okay, back to reality, and Tom Jobim's "Wave"!

I sampled the tracks on "Tide", Jobim's follow-up album to "Wave". "Tide" is good, but many of the songs veer from the bossa nova sound. Which is why I'm sticking with "Wave". An Amazon reviewer mentioned that "Wave" is the better of the two albums. I agree. For me, it is THE BEST! Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Wave" is a must-have for lovers of standard bossa nova music, and for lovers, in general.

5-0 out of 5 stars Chillout, lounge... this is where it all began
Close your eyes, forget about names and time. If you do that, you can picture "The Red House", the now-legendary "Triste", the 3/4 "Mojave" or "Lamento" being recorded by some of the 21st century's hottest chillout acts... but truth is that it's yet another revival (not implying that today's work lacks value or originality)... quite simply, Tom Jobim did this back 1967, with his new Bossa (Bossa Nova) in this follow through to classics such as "The Girl from Ipanema", "One Note Samba" and "Desafinado".

Digitally mastered and engineered by mega-producer Rudy Van Gelder, this reissue of Jobim's 'Wave' blends in a perfect mix of downtempo, romantic tunes with upbeat tracks that bring out the best in Bossa Nova from the father of the genre himself, for the new generation and those who heard the music back in the days, to enjoy alike. ... Read more


6. Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Greatest Hits
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5-0 out of 5 stars Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66'!!!!!!!!!
Brasil 66' is much better than Sergio's solo albums. The group payed their debts to brasilian artists such as Carlos Jobim and other Brasilian artists, while hitting the charts and going pop. Sadly, there is only about five or six good Brasil 66' albums, among them are Herb Alpert Presents, Equinox, Look Around and Fool On a Hill, but you can still be a Brasil 66' nut! This cd collects 12 of their greatest tracks like, Mascquenada(?), Look Around, Pretty World, and Look Of Love, and is very fun to listen to. Don't be fooled, only albums that say BRASIL 66'on them are good. Not just Sergio Mendes or Brasil 77' or 86'. Although, there is a Sergio Mendes Trio, leaning more towards jazz, is good. This cd is definetly, of high regard. Buy iT!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD
Of the 12 tracks on this CD, I've rated all but three as five stars. I've rated those three "bad" tracks as merely four stars. This is a wonderful album

1. Mais Que Nada -- 5 stars
2. Scarborough Fair -- 5 stars
3. With a Little Help from My Friends -- 5 stars
4. Like a Lover -- 4 stars
5. Look of Love -- 5 stars
6. Night and Day -- 5 stars
7. Fool on the Hill -- 4 stars
8. Going Out of My Head -- 4 stars
9. Look Around -- 5 stars
10. So Many Stars -- 5 stars
11. Day Tripper -- 5 stars
12. Pretty World -- 5 stars

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my top 5 favorite CD's
This is one of the first albums I bought, after graduating high school and moving into my first apartment. I danced around that apt, in my newfound freedom, to the most uplifting and fun music! I usually had it on as I was getting ready to go out-Mais Que Nada is a song that begs a party. I just recently bought the CD (I lost my record collection years ago after many, many moves) and I love the memories it evokes. The sounds are as fresh and fun as when I bought the album way back in 1977. This copy isn't getting misplaced!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable Journey To A Warm, Sweet Place
It's rare to find an album that can transport you through time and space, to be able to take you from where you are and drop you in the tropics decades ago, and make you delighted you arrived.

Sergio Mendes is a contemporary of Antonio Carlos Jobim, one of the greats from the Latin Jazz scene, Burt Bacharach, the legendary pop composer, and John Lennon and Paul McCartney, as well as singer/songwriter Paul Simon. Mendes was clever enough to use what he knew was good material (Cole Porter? Ok. That's not bad!) and got his group, headed by the beautiful voice of lead singer Lani Hall, and put the Brasil flavor on these familiar songs, completely reinventing them in a way that sounds fresh and exciting, even today!

Besides the group's signature song sung in Portuguese, "Mais Que Nada" (now very familiar to anyone who has seen the "Austin Powers" films), there are several songs written and co-written by Mendes, and the arrangements are top notch. They don't make records like this anymore.

I feel that the only notable imperfection in this album is the track order. When this collection first appeared on vinyl (!), the songs were stacked differently, and to my mind more correctly. But at least they're all here! Beatle fans, Bacharach fans, and Jazz fans will certainly embrace this disc. It is truly the easiest of "Easy Listening" music, and will make you think twice about that term being a pejorative!

Highly Recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars As clean as a summer breeze
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7. Knowing You
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Inside the CD jacket for Knowing You, John Pizzarelli is pictured barefoot in a summery suit, his shirt untucked. The image nicely captures his unbuttoned approach to popular song. He doesn't have the strongest voice (his scat threatens to vaporize) and doesn't pin back your ears on guitar, but he gets inside the songs with such knowing ease and is so attuned to the demands of cabaret and jazz, he's difficult to resist. This time out, he goes beyond the constraints of his working group--which frequently includes his legendary father, rhythm guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli--to feature tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, clarinetist Ken Peplowski and pianist-organist Larry Goldings. Allen's Getzian solo helps transform the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" into a surprisingly effective vehicle. Pizzarelli and his wife, Broadway singer Jessica Molaskey, make Dave Frishberg's "Quality Time" a workaholic's delight. And there are first-rate renditions of Loesser and Kern, Cahn and Gershwin, making this one of Pizzarelli's best albums. --Lloyd Sachs ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars What a Delight
I recently purchased this album from John Pizzarelli.I found it through some radio promotion and the nudging of some friends, and let me tell you I was pleasantly surprised.I know what I like, and this album has it all!Great guitar, vocals, rhythms, everything...purely great music!!!I truly enjoy this album every time I put it on, and have a hard time even taking it out of my CD player.I would recommend to anybody who enjoys great music!

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Pizarelli gem
He's done it again.What an enjoyable album.Full of humor and a lot of suprises, expecially on lesser known songs.He somewhat manages to make theme his own.The additional vocals of his wife is pure pleasure. Can't wait for more from Mr. Pizzarelli

5-0 out of 5 stars John Pizzarelli - theCrown Prince of Jazz
From his very first release on vinyl (I'm Hip) to this exciting new CD, Pizzarelli is a master at what he does. "Coffee, Black" is a brilliant discovery, perfectly suited to his off-the-cuff delivery of the trickiest lyrics. Even his own compositions are maturing; on this album, "The First Hint of Autumn" evokes the arrangements of jazz great, Pat Methaney. For those who say his voice is light, I say phooey!He picks repertoire that showcases his large range and masterful command of words; these days we forget that ennunciation is an important skill for a singer!His guest artists perfectly compliment Pizzarelli's own style; particuularly the tenor sax and the vocal interplays with his wife, Jessica. All around, a gorgeous collection.

4-0 out of 5 stars solid jazz
For all you naysayers and skeptics john Pizzarelli and his band (Martin Pizzarellli, Ray Kennedy) are the real deal. This isn't watered down vocal jazz that tries to pass itself off as something its not. Every one takes great (all be it short....) solos. Big thumbs up for Ray Kennedy here (piano). I usually prefer the more upbeat tunes and the swingers... "Knowing you" has far more of those then on John's previous disks. This disk also sounds much cleaner then other telarc recordings ( good production value )... Throw in a bunch of great guests like the virtuoso and terribly underrated clarinetist Ken Peplowski and Larry Goldings (organ) and you have a disk that's worth the cash done in a style that is all too scarce in this day and age of jazz that tends to over intellectualize. ... Read more


8. Rive Gauche Rio
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While songwriter Celso Fonseca hasn't gotten the same kind of recognition as modern day bossa nova classicist Rosa Passos or electro-modernist Bebel Gilberto, he's truly a bossa nova talent worthy of much wider recognition. His last album, Natural, was a potpourri of tasteful sounds anchored by his guitar playing as well as samba percussion. On Rive Gauche Rio, Fonseca ups the ante with a sound that is more seamless and wholly unified. The heartbeat of the 12 songs here is still Brazilian and the acoustic guitar is ever present, but he gracefully broadens his palette with tasteful touches of flute, multi-tracked vocals, upright bass, electric piano and hand percussion. His voice is as warm and sensual as ever, and equally at home in his native Portuguese or English – he does a lovely samba version of Damien Rice's "Delicate." Opener "O Rio Para Tras" is a stunning example of this album's panoramic elegance; it also emphatically announces the arrival of one of the best Brazilian albums of 2005. –-Tad Hendrickson ... Read more


9. Elis & Tom
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5-0 out of 5 stars Bossa Nova Twilight
"Elis and Tom" is one of the half-dozen essential bossa nova works. Jobim, on his own, is interesting; albums like the 1967 "Wave" are a weird hybrid of cool jazz and something else that can come off as saccharine. Those benighted souls who think that Astrud Gilberto is the voice of Jobim have been misled, since Elis Regina is a fantastic and sexy singer and Astrud is a terrible and sexy singer, sort of the Sandie Shaw of Brazil. That's the problem in general with this music--there have been so many ghastly versions of classics like "Corcovado" or "Double Rainbow" or "Waters of March" that it's hard to hear them for what they are. "Elis and Tom," recorded in Los Angeles in 1974, is the perfect corrective to this perception. These are indeed the definitive versions of fourteen Jobim tunes and will remain that way for the foreseeable future. Elis Regina recorded many things that I don't care for--she could be histrionic, and the rock arrangements she was using in the early '70s render her music from that era just about unlistenable. But at her best, singing the great compositions of Jobim, Gil, Nascimento, Jorge Ben and Ivan Lins, she bears comparison with the best pop singers of the century (she dressed just as weird as Aretha Franklin and seems to have been every bit as [messed]-up as Billie Holiday).

5-0 out of 5 stars Unabashedly romantic...and a slice of Heaven
As stated in my 'profile', this is one of my top 5 'stranded on a desert isle' recordings. In fact, though I wasn't stranded, this recording has made the island routes and made some friends for me who spoke different languages. The music on this recording has a universal language, though all the lyrics are in Portugese. The language is Love. The previous reviews say most of what I would have - but anyone who loves Elis and Tom must find (or buy) the Jobim compilation put together by Oscar Castro-Neves entitled "Antonio Carlos Jobim - The Man From Ipanema". On it you will find a rare treat or two. For instance, after the last track on the last CD (which is the Astrud Gilberto version of "Vivo Sohando"), unannounced in the notes or the discography, come 6 or 7 out-takes of Elis and Tom working on Aguas de Marco. It is at the same time revealing and hilarious. It is a glimpse into the fun and the personalities of both Regina and Jobim. Also included is the track "Bonita" which does not appear on this recording. Somewhat wickedly, Astrud is placed between Elis Regina or followed by her a few times just in case anyone really thinks she is a singer... I have heard this described as a musicians' recording, but judging by the number of reviews here and the comments, it appears that it is also a damn good listeners' recording as well. One last thing - if one were to be stranded on a desert island with this recording, if you played it loud enough you would not be stranded for long, trust me on this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Timeless beauty
Superlatives do no good. I was going through the vinyl collection of a 60+ year old friend and stopped at this disc. Bob said he picked it up in Brazil back in the 70's and explained what a huge record it was back in that day. Well I borrowed it, slapped it on my SOTA and through the scratches came the most enchanting and genuine of sounds. Instant love. The charm and chemistry of the two is undeniable as you laugh along. Other parts set a mood that is pure romance and relaxation. I ran the record through ProTools and descratched it, only to find the CD release some months later. This a great soundtrack for a warm easy summer day or a cold urban winter night. Gentle, honest and affectionate music. Great for sharing. One of the all too rare true gems.

5-0 out of 5 stars The album all Brazilians own
Locals consider Elis Regina the most gifted Brazilian singer ever. She died too soon, in 1980. Tom Jobim is one of the creators of Bossa Nova and the conductor that made the genre famous worldwide. This combination alone would make this CD remarkable. But there's more. A lot more.

Elis was in her top shape in 1974 when the CD was recorded. The arrangements are subtle, delicate. Jobim's piano is sublime here. The recording is flawless, the textures, the tones, everything is crisp and present. Many takes are FIRST TAKES. The emotion was captured raw and sincere, very few overdubs were done.

A rare gem.

If you go to a Brazilian's home and browse through his/her CD collection, chances are this CD will be there. If you ask a musician from that country what are the top 10 albums ever, chances are this will be listed.

If you have to own ONE Brazilian CD, this should be it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Furacao
Elis, the little hurricane, had one of the most powerful singing voices--amazing range and acuity, and it's all on display on this record, because Jobim's compositions have an equally impressive range. Some of the arrangements are a little too "poppy" for my taste, but the electric organ works to great effect on a tune like "So tinha de ser pra voce." And everyone is familiar with the version of "Aguas de Marco"--the very structure of the lyrics allows Elis and Tom's voices to engage in a sinuous cat-and-mouse game. By the end of the song, they are simply singing out disconnected syllables, both under the spell of the music. "Triste" is given a nice turn, though the guitar solo at the end doesn't quite fit. Elis lets it all go on one of Jobim's quintessential ballads, "Retrato em Branco e Preto", Tom very tasteful on the piano behind her. All in all, a little syrupy, yes, but it can be forgiven because it was the 70s, and syrup was everywhere. ... Read more


10. Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim
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Multitalented Brazilian musician Jobim's talent was revealed to a larger world in 1959 by his and Luis Bonfa's score for the film Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus) in 1959. Songs such as "A Felicidade" and "Desafinado" generated the bossa nova movement of the early '60s that inspired the likes of Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd, and Miles Davis. This 1967 album features Jobim sharing vocals with Sinatra on "The Girl from Ipanema" and "How Insensitive." Three standards--"Change Partners" by Irving Berlin; "I Concentrate on You" by Cole Porter; and Robert Wright, George Forrest, and Alexander Borodin's "Baubles, Bangles, and Beads"--round out the program of seven Jobim tunes. This is a lovely taste of Latin melody and rhythm from two masters of relaxed swing. --Stanley Booth ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars "Tone" and "Ol' Blue Eyes" Sublime
Sinatra and Jobim is a match made in heaven. Sinatra never sounds restrained in his uncharacteristic softness of delivery, but rather reveals a reflective sensitivity that is both tender and virile. Claus Ogerman's relaxed and sonorous arrangement and his masterful bridling of his musicians provides a showcase for "that voice" that is never distracting. My favorite cuts are 'The Girl From Ipanema" and "How Insensitive", two of Jobim's own beautiful tunes where Jobim provides vocal support creating a three-way love affair, Sinatra, Jobim and the Music. Al Viola's guitar work on "Change Partners" dances with Sinatra's vocal with an elegance reminiscent of "Fred and Ginger". I have always appreciated Frank Sinatra's rich voice and turn of lyric, but his softer side is a revelation that is beyond superlatives. This recording along with Sinatra's classic outing with Nelson Riddle on "Only The Lonely" stand out as my all time favorites. If you don't already have these two remastered CDs as part of your collection you have yet to discover the full character of one of our greatest interpreters of song.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sinatra, Jobim, Ogermann and Perfection!
Through the years I've had a chance to ask a number of pop singers to name their favorite Sinatra album...

The answer inevitably is "The Jobim lp"

Though most Sinatra purists will tell you the Captiol years were the artist's peak years, "Sinatra and Jobim" easily measures up to the musical standards of the best Capitol albums.

Sinatra's readings of "Dindi" and "I Concentrate On You" are simply some of the most beautiful things to come out of all American pop music.

This CD showcases the finest popular singer to walk the planet accompanied by the master of Brazilian love songs, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and the simple but beautiful arrangements of Claus Ogermann.

Too bad Amazon won't let me award it six stars!

5-0 out of 5 stars Back to the roots of it all.....
This record was one of my favorites as a little kid and is still a vivid component of my memories of childhood and a cd I now consider the essential roots of my taste in music. I still remember listening and swaying with the delicious rhythums of this magnificent music. I grew up thinking this was average music. Grown up I know it is spectacular music. Orchestrations arranged and conducted by Claus Ogerman and sweet, soft and gentle vocals by Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

This is as good as it will ever get for me.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great duet!
On this album Sinatra recorded bossa nova and brazilian jazz songs of Antonio Carlos Jobim, brazilian jazz king, who is featured here on guitar and backing vocals. Only three songs that are not written by Jobim are Change Partners (written by Irving Berlin), I Concentrate On You (written by Cole Porter) and Baubles, Bangles and Beads (written by Forrest and Wright) Very quiet album, arrangements were done by Claus Ogerman. This is probably one of his best albums from the sixties.

5-0 out of 5 stars absolutley beautiful collaboration
what more can you ask, other than one wishes it were longer. but, the combination on these two artists on standards such as change partners, quitet nights, baubles, and meditation evoke a blue latin night. not that the fun is gone. girl from impanema, for example, is infectuousely charming.
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11. Brazilian Duos
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5-0 out of 5 stars Nuclear Bosa Nova
Ms. Souza sings with a great deal of panache.
She has amazing technique and style. She can be
percussive or lyrical which ever is needed. She
has a wide color palette from which to choose and
her choices are always musical. In short, she is
a fantastic musician. The song selection is super
and the guitarists are dynamite.

1-0 out of 5 stars Smooth bossa
This album seems to aim for a smooth jazz audience. Better, for a smooth bossa audience. But Souza is no charming Astrud Gilberto, sorry. The arrangements are so poor...One of the guitarists (Romero Lubambo) sounds nice, but Mr. Walter Santos is not in good shape, and a third one has no swing. People interested in first-class vocal/guitar duos by Brazilian artists should look for the Eliezeth Cardoso/Raphael Rabello, and Paulo Belinatti/Monica Salsamaso collaborations.

5-0 out of 5 stars Oh My God!
this is one awesome CD! I can't get over the guitar playing, while her voice and presence are simply superb... amazing indeed!

5-0 out of 5 stars A gorgeous acoustic album
A beautiful acoustic album which draws songs from sources as varied as Luiz Gonzaga, Edu Lobo, Dorival Caymmi and Jacob do Bandolim, a fine mix of jazz and traditional Brazilian sensibilities. The duets are between Paulista singer Luciana Souza and the guitars of Romero Lubambo, Marco Pereira and Souza's father, composer Walter Santos. Souza is a striking vocalist whose clarity of tone brings to mind other Brazilian singers such as Joyce or Clara Nunes, although with a clarity of purpose that makes this album all her own. Each guitarist in his turn proves a sympathetic foil to Ms. Souza's honied voice... A lovely, wonderfully controlled and expressive set of songs -- highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Love or Hate at the first sight- For me, it is love.
This one of my favorite Brazilian CDs released in Year 2001. I have recommended to more than 10 music lovers, and every one of them loves it. The previous reviewer tried to compare Ms. Souza to Joyce, and the three guitarists to the great Joao Gilberto. His/her attempt is like comparing Flan to Tiramisu, not making much sense.

I own most albums from of Joao Gilberto to say that Joao uses his guitar to accompany his voice, not as a solo instrument. In this album, duo means guitar is equally important in making the sound. Ms. Souza¡¦s father Walter Santos is old. You can hear the stiffness of his hands. Even though, he has assisted her daughter with good taste. The other two guitarists Romero Lubambo and Marco Pereira have established themselves in many of their own albums in groups or in solo. The creativity, virtuosity, and energy from those two guitar masters are incredible.

Most songs in this album were carried out with exquisite details, with just simply Ms. Souza and a guitarist at a time. Unlike some big volume Jazz singers who love to use strong vibrato, Ms. Souza cleverly mixed a soft Bossa Nova like voice with an improvosative Jazz easiness. Not many singers are capable of doing this, and Ms. Souza did a wonderful job married those two cultures. This may be because she was raised in Brasil and studied/lived in New York City that she get used to both two music styles.

The recording of this album is audiophile level. I use this album to test new audio equipments for my home system upgrade. Mr. Pereira's 8 string guitar is especially well-recorded by a team in Brasil. 1/3 of this album (with Mr. Lubambo) is recorded in US, and the voice is smoother with slightly reduced dynamics. This album is not aimed to be a concert for 10000 people in a football stadium, shouting and yelling. This is for people who enjoy a small lounge with a few tables. If you have good sound system and good taste, you will appreciate this CD.

"Brazilian Duos" has a magic power to induce the deepest emotion from your heart. Love or hate is almost instantly. Whether you are a Jazz fan, pop music goer, or Bossa Nova philes, I highly recommend this album to you. You will hate it, or most likely love it at your first listening. ... Read more


12. Astrud Gilberto's Finest Hour
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5-0 out of 5 stars ASTRUD GILBERTO - OUR FINEST HOUR
Back in the days of "yore" of the sixties I heard this song "The Girl From Ipanema". It was so different from everything else that was being played on pop radio that you had to take notice. It has become Astrud's identifying theme song. . . she "is" the girl from Ipanema now for all time.
Then I never did "hear" Astrud on the radio again. I found this album and remembered her voice and the "feel" of that first song. I also found a song title on the CD which I had been searching for a long long time: "Wish Me A Rainbow" - this was the musical theme from the Natalie Wood movie, 'This Property Is Condemned"! I had to buy this CD! -- I was not disappointed, in fact I was amazed and enthralled by the song selections and by Astrud's "purrrfect" delivery of each track. She can change from the classic "bossa nova" style she has made her own as on "So Nice" and "Fly Me To The Moon", and "Crickets Sing For Anamaria".
Then she can change to make your eyes tear-up when she sings, "Trains and Boats and Planes" or "I'm Nothing Without You".
She sings a truly marvellous rendition of the Fleetwoods' "Come Softly To Me/Hushabye (she added the Hushabye). Most enjoyable.
Thank you Astrud Gilberto for all the great music you have made and left on recordings for posterity. . . and the music you are still making and recording. This album will be treasured by me and by many for a long long time. Great stuff here!

5-0 out of 5 stars 20 Great songs on 1 CD !
How many compilation c.d.'s by Astrud Gilberto did it take before one can say that this is "The finest hour" by the living legend Bossa Nova singer Astrud Gilberto ? She is "The Girl from Ipanema", and when you ever heard her, you'll never forget her crystal clear and relaxing voice ! This compilation is a very good one, because it contains songs from most of her Verve albums, even her latest one together with James last. The very special thing to this c.d. is that they added 3 rare songs. One of them "Who needs forever" from the movie "The Deadly Affair" has been rereleased already on the soundtrack c.d.", but songs like "Wish me a rainbow" and Come softly to me" only appeared so far on 45rpm vinyl singles or e.p.'s. I can highly recommend this c.d. to Astrud Gilberto collectors as well as admirers who want to have at least one of her c.d.'s in their collection, if that is the case than this one should be added to your collection. No doubt about that !

4-0 out of 5 stars I like Astrud
I love Astrud's voice. In response to:ipanema? written on March 23,2004-The guy sings the song in Portuguese in the beginning of the song. Astrud comes in after that and sings the song in English. Amazon should have linked the sample on Astrud's part.

5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVE her voice
she is the best. there is no other sexy romantic singer like astrud gilberto.

I even listen to her while bbqing. get this cd

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3-0 out of 5 stars ipanema?
When I click on the listen sample for 'Girl from Ipanema' I hear Joao Gilberto's version (sung in portugeuese). While I don't want to get into a debate about which is a better (or more politically accepted) version, I just want to get the female sung version of this song that came out in the 60's or 70's. Is that the version on this album and amazon just linked the listen feature to the other version? ... Read more


13. Amorosa
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It's become increasingly difficult to find a Brazilian bossa nova singer not interested in electronic production values. For those yearning to hear bossa nova music played acoustically, singer Rosa Passos is the answer. Her pitch perfect voice is almost girlish and coy, but her supple phrasing shows her to be a true veteran. Her star's been on the rise since her impressive contributions to Yo-Yo Ma's Obrigado Brazil(Ma guests here as well), and now she's landed on Sony Classical for her major label debut. A tip of the hat to Joao Gilberto's classic Amoroso features four bossa nova classics from that album, two more Antonio Carlos Jobim compositions and six others. The small-group arrangements are often restrained but jazzy (channeling a little Stan Getz), while the orchestral format for three tunes is a velvety a nod to Claus Ogerman's lush arrangements of many bossa nova classics. This is an instant classic from one of the music's finest interpreters. –-Tad Hendrickson ... Read more


14. On a Starry Night
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The party line on most Windham Hill products seems to be that it's either the greatest stuff since wave machines, or that it all sounds alike. On a Starry Night, with its collection of world songs and reputable artists such as Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, the Turtle Island String Quartet, and others, does lean toward a seamlessly understated, homogeneous quality that is broken only occasionally by Bobby McFerrin's piece and a couple of others. That said, there can hardly be a more mellow or sonorous album of kid's music anywhere. Starry Night could calm a nursery with no nurses; why, it could even soothe the pained yelps at the dog pound--and turn a freeway full of bumper-to-bumper sour pusses into pussycats. Effective? You've heard of mind control, haven't you? --Martin Keller ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars gentle music for children and adults
I believe that music is a powerful and innate force in our lives, so I bought a number of CDs geared toward children when I gave birth. Most were harmless enough, many became tiresome after a while .... this CD still gets played regularly at our house after three years.

International artists play and sing old favorites as well as songs new to us, but even the old favorites (Rock-a-bye-baby, Brahms Lullaby) are performed in engaging ways which renew their interest. Heaven knows, I am not one to seek out Kumbaya, but I even like that song here! Seventeen songs are presented from the US, Japan, Indonesia, Brazil, Ireland, Congo, Ghana, Cuba, Iceland, Israel, England, Russia and Germany. Some are sung, most are instrumental. All are very beautiful and soothing. The CD booklet contains a paragraph about each song with performance credits, original words and translation.

A remarkably soothing collection of lullabies.

5-0 out of 5 stars Will definitely become one of your favorites!!
This CD is beautiful and so soothing. It really does give you a dreamy effect. It's good for the soul! We use it for bedtime music for our 4yr old, and not only does she love it, but we love it. I am so glad I found this CD. It raises the standard of what good lullaby compilations should sound like. First Class music, indeed. Don't hesitate if you're looking for good music for nightime or even a relaxing break in the day for your little ones-this is an excellent choice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Soothing, dreamy music!
I just had to write a review of this cd. It was recommended to me by another mother, and I tried it and love it! We like to listen to it in the living room as nap time approaches, nursing with the lights dimmed. With the fan going and this cd on quietly, both momma and baby start drifting off to sleep. It's absolutely wonderful, and I recommend it to anyone who needs some instant R&R.

5-0 out of 5 stars Your Baby Will Love This CD
We were given "Starry Night" as a gift when our son was born 21 months ago. It is one of the best gifts we have received as he has been sleeping to this CD from day one. The minute we turn the CD on and dim the lights he knows that it's time to sleep - whether it's for a nap in the afternoon or after a long day of running around.

We love this CD so much that both sets of in-laws bought it for our son...

5-0 out of 5 stars Most relaxing compilation of music I've ever heard
This CD is a must-have! My 9-month-old puts her head on my shoulder to drift off to sleep as soon as she hears the first tune - no matter the time of day. She is always asleep before the end of the second track (the delicate, almost haunting Japanese Music Box) and I'm consistently teary by the end of the third (in English it's known as "Go to Sleep" - the lyrics will make any parent's heart ache with love for your child). It even gets the three- and four-year-olds to sleep in my older daughter's preschool class. What would really be great is if massage therapists would play this CD instead of that babbling brook, new age stuff - now THAT would be worth $100. ... Read more


15. Solo in Rio 1959
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Luiz Bonfá, along with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Baden Powell and Joao Gilberto, helped invent Brazilian Bossa Nova. "The whisper heard around the world" was budding during the 1950s but achieved full flower a decade later. It was a coolly intellectual yet irresistibly melodic marriage of African-derived samba rhythms with American jazz and French Existentialism. Bonfá eventually became world-famous due to his contributions to the score of Orfeo Negro, a much-honored film in which the tragic Greek legend was transmuted to Rio during Carnival time. The present tracks were produced by Emory Cook and this invaluable reissue not only revives a beautiful album but contains 15 previously unreleased tunes. The sonic environment is clear and spacious throughout, uncluttered by unnecessary studio adulterations. Bonfá was not a great singer but his wistful, straight-from-the-heart delivery makes mere technique seem showy and overdone. However, as a guitarist, he had no superiors and few peers. --Christina Roden ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous recording !
(...)The quality of the recording is just as amazing.All too frequently, you have to settle for a poor quality recording for 40 or 50 year old performances.The depth and clarity of this recording makes it sound like Sr. Bonfa is right in the room with me.This is an all around great performance.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buona Bonfa
I've just listened to it once, but this CD, like the music Luiz Bonfa composed, is immediately accessible.Encumbered neither by other musicians, nor "effects", we hear Bonfa just as he must have sounded when he sat and played in a very natural, relaxed venue.His technique (including "devices" such as the bush stroke that, if he didn't invent or develop, cannot be used better by any other guitarist with whom I'm familiar) allows him to focus on creating completely authentic music.
This is also an historically interesting CD, with an excellent booklet which provides a great deal of pertinent information about an artist who really deserves much more attention by those who discuss the great acoustic (or classical/ nylon-string) guitarists of the 20th century.
And the best part of the whole package is:the music!!
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16. São Paulo Confessions
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Yugoslavian-born producer Suba moved to São Paulo, Brazil, in the late 1980s, bringing with him experience in jazz, classical music, theater, ballet, and film. São Paulo Confessions brings the 18-million-strong city to musical life with an ambitious and unique fusion of classic Brazilian styles and modern electronics. The result is a magical blend of Afro-Brazilian rhythms, dreamy vocals, and forward-looking techno. --Marc Greilsamer ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Suba is Supa'
Oh tragedy did strike. One of the next grand artists, those who understand the subtleties of sound has passed - caressing, dizzying, beating sounds of wind, drums, piano.

Brazil meets the late night beats of London.

This CD is just gorgeous, original. It sounds like a familiar friend but will always give you something you hadn't heard the last time you put it on. If you love relaxing beats, love Samba and Bossa Nova and want your music to have more than one linear tone then jump on Suba....its Supa'

5-0 out of 5 stars WE MISS YOU, SUBA!!!!!!!!!
I had no idea that Suba died in a fire in Brazil years ago until I happened to read a review on "Sao Paulo Confessions". I suppose that was the real motivation for me getting this CD, that and perhaps hearing some of his amazing work on Bebel Gilberto's Tanto Tempo CD. "Sao Paulo Confessions" was nothing I expected it to be...In fact, it's 10x better! Suba has created a beautiful and memorable album that has crossover appeal far beyond the borders of Brazil. Fans of samba, bossa nova, ambient dub, downtempo and techno will find something they can groove to on "Sao Paulo Confessions". I personally was suprised that the songs all sounded different than what I've come to expect form Latin influenced albums. Suba--another great artist that left us too soon! Hopefully in death his album can serve as a testament of what good music should sound like!

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Electronic Music from Brazil
I'm a jazz, blues, latin music listener. I also like good electronic music, rare as it is. Suba's Sao Paulo Confessions has become one of my absolutely favorite albums. You can enjoy it as background music, or really listen to it. It operates on many levels. It's smooth, complex, and intriguing--listenable and danceable. If you like Brazilian music at all, this album is a must have. If you have been looking for electronic music and are afraid of getting stuck with some vapid elevator music, this album what you've been looking for.

5-0 out of 5 stars Remarkable work of art...
A friend of mine had this CD and was playing it on her home stereo, I liked it so much so I went out and ordered a copy.

Somebody else said - this album is like the perfect blending of trance and atmospheric mellow music - very soothing album.. good easy beats. I usually dont like vocals in this kind of music but they were done very carefully and it actually added a good deal to the music! I particularly like Tracks 1 and 3.

I would highly recommend this to anyone who is into trance/techno or new age music!

5-0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking and Phenomenal
I hadn't written a review on this one but I felt the need to correct a few misconceptions on the previous review. Suba was a fantastic producer and artist out of Sao Paulo (but I believe from Yugoslavia originally) that focused on the new sounds of Brazilian music and he loved the Brazilian underground sounds. He worked with Joao Parahyba (of Trio Mocoto fame) and many many other talented and respected producers and musicians out of Brazil. In fact, before Suba tragically passed away, he had finished this album and was producing Bebel Gilberto's "Tanto Tempo" (Suba, Bebel Gilberto, Zuco 103, Celso Fonseca, Cibelle are all on the same label at the time - Ziriguiboom). Unfortunately, he passed away in a fire in Sao Paulo. I believe he made it out of the fire, but died when he returned to his apartment to recover his works.

This album is awesome. It's very dark and mysterious - it embodies what he wanted from this album - to show a dark side of Sao Paulo through music. It's consistent through in through with breathtaking beats & samples and sexy vocals. Suba features Taciana, Katia B (her album is okay too), Cibelle (her album is great!) and even Arnaldo Artunes in the cuts. Each artist integrates a certain touch to this cd, and helped to establish the sound and feel of this cd. I literally enjoy every single track... especially Tantos Desejos, Segredo, Pecados da Madrugada and Na Neblina.

I have to recommend this - you haven't really checked out electric Brazil if you haven't heard this cd. So many artists have gone in a direction similar to Suba's. And if you have this, you MUST check out his "Tributo" album where fantastic artists remake his songs + some uncut Suba tracks are there. The song: "Are You Sleeping", featuring Katia B is soooo Suba. Also, again, Bebel Gilberto's cd has his touches on it as he produced it. And the compilation Caipirissima has a cool cut on it + some dark Bossa. Other comps I recommend with Suba: Brasil 2Mil, Rough Guide to Brazilian Electronica, Brazilectro series.

I will personally miss Suba's music - he left too soon! One can only imagine how much more great music there would be if he was with us today. ... Read more


17. Maria Rita
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Maria Rita could be considered the Norah Jones of Brazilian pop jazz/bossa nova for her familiar but fresh musical blend on this debut. She won 2004 Latin Grammys for best new artist of the year and best Brazilian pop album for her debut. The 13-track CD vibrates with her blend of traditional bossa nova, sophisticated pop, and jazzy freeflow style with the classic accompaniment of drums, piano, and acoustic bass. Although all of the songs are sung in Portugese, the varying sentiments of longing, sadness, celebration, and hope are not hard to understand. She is a strong, expressive singer who can shoot from a pleading whisper to a full-throated wail and back in a second. The daughter of famed Brazilian musicians--pop singer Elis Regina and and pianist Cesar Camargo Mariano--Rita is a fresh voice in a genre best enjoyed in speakeasy clubs and relaxed lounge parties. --Ramiro Burr ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Ghost of Elis Regina
I had the good fortune to hear Elis Regina and her genius partner in music and life, Cesar Camargo Mariano in concert. Now we have the fruit of this collaboration, their daughter Maria Rita, born in 1977. She has channeled her mother's voice, and I mean that as a compliment. I love her selection of material and the accompaniment. When I first heard this CD, I was sure her father played on it. Not so. I also am pleased that she is recording Milton Nascimento's material. Elis was one of the first to cover his tunes in the 1960's. In Brazil, they would call her a "porta bandeira," the one carrying on the legacy of her many predecessors. ... Read more


18. Samba Bossa Nova
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This eclectic compilation shows the syncopated and seductive evolutionof the African-derived Brazilian samba and its offspring, the bossa nova. The CDfeatures a new-wave series of moods and grooves tailor-made for the 21stcentury. There's angel-voicedRosa Passos and her silkyversion of the Ary Barroso/Luiz Peixoto song "E Luxo So." Guitarist-vocalistMárcio Faraco's remake of Noel Rosa's samba-canção"Feitiço da Vila" is just as tasteful. The elegant, classically tingedQuarteto Jobim-Morelenbaum, led by cellist Jacques Morelenbaum, skillfully mixesRavel-like harmonies with Afro-Brazilian beats on "Eu e o Meu Amor/Lamento NoMorro" from the film Black Orpheus. The London-based groupDa Lata swings thesacred syncopations of "Cores" in a club-friendly, secular rendition. And thetalented Moreno Veloso, son of the greatCaetano Veloso, turns inan intimate and atmospheric version of Olodum's "Deusa do Amor" (Goddess ofLove). These tracks show that the bossa nova and the samba can still give us newmusical surprises. --Eugene Holley Jr. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Knockout
Think you've heard everything. Think again. This disc is an absolutely amazing compilation of fantastic Brazilian artists. If I really thought Brazilian music was universally like this, I'd have to move there! Every single cut is as good as the next and the recording quality is top notch, too. This is one of my all time favorite disks. Now, I have to track down these artists. I'm hoping every one of them has a cd release in the US, cause I want more!

4-0 out of 5 stars Samba / Bossa Nova for the new century
Like a breath of fresh air in the stale world, this CD re-creates the warmth of feeling of the Jobim/Bonfa/Gilberto/de Moraes Samba / Bossa Nova songs of the mid sixties. The liner notes say "the children of the Bossa Nova generation are also coming of age and while many originally rebelled against their parents' music, they are now returning to it to carry the torch of the Bossa Nova style". Indeed, there is a song by the son and grandson of Jobim on this sunny CD.

And it has the authentic feel. Songs each by a different performer, but well chosen. The best song, for my money, is Rosa Passos' lyric version of the Ari Barroso song "E Luxo So." This is the song Stan Getz made a memorable version of on "Jazz Samba", the spectacular album that started it all. This song never fails to improve my mood and put a smile on my face whenever I hear it.

There is more Carnival polyrhythyms here than Bossa Nova had originally, which makes it all the more authentic. Pleasant music from beginning to end. Along with Bebel Gilberto's "Tanto Tempo", and Joao Gilberto's "Voz e Violao" of two years ago, this music breathes new life into an old form.

Tom Jobim (and Stan Getz) must be proud.

5-0 out of 5 stars I think I'm back in Rio de Janeiro!
My husband and I are counting the days until we can return to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This CD strengthens our love for the sounds, but makes us pine for Rio even more. A fabulous collection of samba and bossa nova, you will play this CD hundreds of times and never tire of it. There are also wonderful descriptions of each song's meaning and artists. Get this one...close your eyes...and you'll be back drinking a caipirinha.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome, sensuous music!
I've had this CD for about a year now and still have not gotten tired of it. It's the best Brazilian compilation CD I own. Highly recommended! You'll never get tired of listening and will definitely get you grooving.

5-0 out of 5 stars vale la pena
este cd es perfecto para aqullas personas que aprecian la buena musica, preincipalmente la bella musica de brazil, cada vez que lo escucho mas me gusta principalmente la cancion numero 8 , que esta encantadora, se los recomiendo, no se van a arrepentir ... Read more


19. Putumayo Presents: Acoustic Brazil
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With its amazing mix of Portuguese, African, and Indian musical genres, dances, and instruments, Brazil's pop scene is unique because so much of it is acoustic.This disc is a pleasing potpourri of mostly non-electronic tunes sung by some famous and not-so-famous artists.Of course, the samba--the country's most dominant genre--and its offshoots are well represented here.The disc includes some well-known, previously released selections, including the Bahian, Tropicalismo pioneer Caetano Veloso's existentially poetic "Cajuina," guitarist Marcio Faraco's festive, Nordeste-nuanced "Ciranda," with the superstar vocalist Chico Buarque, and the perky, Maranhao-born Rita Ribeiro's samba-reggae number "Tem Quem Queira." Some lesser-known artists include the Arab-Brazilian vocalist Glaucia Nasser, Lula Queiroga, and Monica Salmaso, whose "Moro Na Roca" is a powerful, Angola-derived lundu/jongo homage to the legendary Clementina de Jesus.This disc adds credence to the phrase, "keep it real." --Eugene Holley, Jr. ... Read more


20. Bossa Nova Brasil
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Bossa Nova and MPB
I picked this up several years ago, and what a great disc this is. It's got some old classics on it and some pretty rare tracks too. At the time I picked it up, this was actually a series. There is another cd titled: "Samba Brasil" that has a similar cover, but is white and green.

The artists on this are fantastic. From Gal Costa do Vinicius De Moraes, you're taken on a real trip through some of the classics in Brazilian music. Perhaps most interesting and stellar of which is the Elis Regina only vocal of Waters of March. It has such an innocent sound! Carlos Lyra's "Influencia Do Jazz" will take you to a beach in the late 60's, and Baden Powell's Consolacao has that rich acoustic sound I've grown up with and love. And check out Joao Gilberto's song here along with Gal Costa's tracks... She's a VERY underrated singer IMO. But this CD isn't without fault. The sound quality can be suspect on some tracks, and a song or two weren't what I would have selected from the musicians here. (You can find "Aguas De Beber" and "Girl from Ipanema" on virtually every compilation.

Still I would have to recommend this. It's not that expensive, and out of most of the Bossa Nova/MPB samplers, this is one of the better ones IMO. For the make of Samba De Bencao, Elis Regina, Baden Powell, Tamba Trio (who did the wildly successful take of "Mas Que Nada" that featured in the 1998 World Cup commercial with Brazilian footballers in an airport) and the others... good tunes. Also check out Nova Bossa Nova - a companion piece to "Red Hot & Rio". There is some overlap, but the other version of Baden Powell's cut on that comp is better than this one IMO. Maybe also check out Bossa Nova Gold, a two disc set of MPB and Bossa Nova.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wish I could Give It 6 Stars
One of my all time favorite discs! A great introduction for this style of Brazilian music. Romantic beyond belief!

5-0 out of 5 stars Uplifting afternoon music
Put this on as a soundtrack for the perfect afternoon. It will bring summer to winter, yet cool off a sultry August day. There are other more comperhensive reviews here, and it was by reading them that I bought this. I am happy I did!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to bossa nova
This great introduction to Bossa Nova couldn't be a better value-for-money. Sampling from each of the major trends in the genre, _Bossa Nova Brasil_ will turn the mildest curiosity in the rhythms into a genuine interest. This is great I-just-got-off-work-and-I've-got-a-date-in-an-hour music. Put it on in your car to unwind and enjoy the ride. Or throw open your windows on a spring day and celebrate the change of seasons. Or share it with someone you love to dance embarrassingly unwell with. Whatever you do, though, give bossa nova a try, and trust that this collection will be an excellent way to start.

5-0 out of 5 stars A stick a stone...
Great compilation with great artists; it reminds you of a sunset beach in Brasil. Elis Regina's solo origanal of Waters of March is timeless and Leila Pinheiro's Pra Iluminar is one of the smoothest sambas I had ever heard. Other artists don't disappoint. A must have for any Bossa Nova collection. ... Read more


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