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    1. Getz/Gilberto
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    1. Getz/Gilberto
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    Asin: B0000047CX
    Catlog: Music
    Sales Rank: 519
    Average Customer Review: 4.84 out of 5 stars
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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. Buena Vista Social Club
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    Asin: B000005J56
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    Sales Rank: 435
    Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
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    Ry Cooder's name has helped bring attention to this session, but it's the veteran Cuban son musicians who make this album really special. Reminiscent of Ellington in its scope and sense of hushed romanticism, Buena Vista Social Club is that rare meld of quietude and intensity; while the players sound laid-back, they're putting forth very alive music, a reminder that aging doesn't mean taking to bed. Barbarito Torres's laoud solo on "El Cuarto de Tula" is both more blinding and more tasteful than any guitar showcase on any recent rock album; a quote from "Stormy Weather" and some very distinct parallels to Hawaiian styles remind us of why it's called "world music." --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Full Of Life And Energy.
    "Buena Vista Social Club" is a collection of music done with true feeling, talent and spirit. Great music never gets too old and here is evidence the great music from Cuba is still vibrant today as it was 40 years ago. The film based on the group had a special message about how age doesn't matter in the area of the great artists. One of the musicians here is in his 90s and look at how alive and energetic and moving this music is! The vocals, the music, the lyrics are all rich and full of style. These are real musicians playing real music. Like Santana's "Supernatural," "Buena Vista Social Club" is more of an experience than just good music. Songs like "Chan Chan" are really deep and move you in a nice way, others like "Candela" just excite you with the energy and fun feeling of it all. I'm grateful to Ry Cooder for bringing back these incredible musicians who play some of the best Cuban music ever. The only reason other arists like Celia Cruz don't mention them that often is because they still live in their homeland, Cuba. But they deserve praise and more. Recently we remembered Tito Puente who was a great musician and recently passed away, but we should also appreciate those who really brought Latin music to life, the ones who really play it with spirit and feeling. "Buena Vista Social Club" is no less than a masterpiece.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Cuban Masterpiece
    I have no words to describe how brilliant this recording is. Buena Vista Social Club bring alive the music that has sustained Cuba as far back as the 1920s. Listening to the likes of Ibrahim Ferrer, Ruben Gonzalez, Eliades Ochoa, Compay Segundo and Omara Portuondo paint a picture of a vibrant and soulful Cuba from the not too distant past. Needless to say, all musicians on this album have such incredible talent, that it is difficult to believe that we've missed out on such a musical extravagance for over 50 years. I have not come across a singer that can deliver such heartfelt passion in their music like Ibrahim Ferrer (83) and Compay Segundo (93), but the person that moved me the most on this recording was the 77 year old pianist Ruben Gonzalez. You just have to listen to PUEBLO NUEVO and MURMULLO to realise this man's incredible talent. It is hard to believe that Ruben virtually had given up playing due to arthritis in his hands, and that he has no piano at home.

    It is amazing to think that none of the musicians received recognition at the height of their careers, and seeing their current living conditions is a humbling experience. Nonetheless, I am happy that they achieved fame at last. All songs on this album are masterpieces. This recording is worth ten times its price, and it is one of my most treasured CDs in my music collection. It is a nostalgic, yet brilliant piece of Cuba.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I love this cd.
    I saw the video on PBS a couple of years ago. I was instantly hooked. I don't speak Spanish but like other reviewers have said, music is a universal language, and the beauty of this music proves that. I highly recommend this cd as a must own.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Cuban Music Like Mama Used To Make
    I happen to come across this cd by sheer luck. It is the best cd that I have purchased to date. I mixes latin jazz, big band and ballroom music all together. There are several fun songs with a deep routed soul that I thought had been lost. Even if you do not understand spanish this is a wonderful treasure to have in your collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Unbelievable!
    Buena Vista Social Club's self titled first album is musical excellence. Focusing predominantly on son, a traditional Cuban musical form, BVSC delivers, and with spectacular results. This collaborative masterpiece between BVSC and Ry Cooder simply must be experienced. From the first chords on the tres on "Chan Chan" to the final notes of "La Bayamesa", BVSC takes the listener on a trip to both Old Havana as well as rural Cuba. BVSC provides an excellent introduction to traditional Cuban music to those who are new to the genre, as well as a more than satisfying offering to even the most discerning Cuban music afficionado. In all honesty, I feel (and I think that most of this album's reviewers would tend to agree with me on this one) that to discredit this album is truly to demonstrate profound ignorance and lack of appreciation for son music, one of Cuba's oldest and most respected musical styles. In short, this album is ablsoutely essential listening and a must-buy, hands down. If you don't already own this album, buy it as soon as possible. You won't be disappointed. ... Read more


    3. Lagrimas Negras
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    Asin: B0001EKZOQ
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    Sales Rank: 1086
    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    This album pairs one of the greatest flamenco singers of today, cantaor Diego El Cigala, with one of Cuba's finest Afro-Cuban pianists, Bebo Valdes. With Valdes (father of the great Chucho Valdes) born in 1918, there's a 40-year age difference between the pianist and the singer, but they do a fine job crossing generations and oceans to discover the commonalities between Caribbean and the Iberian music, coming up with a romantic marriage of the two cultures using rumbas, guajira, sons and boleros. All the songs are classics out of the Latin music tradition, using just a handful of players in support. Valdes's fingers are delicate and prone to dramatic flourishes; Cigala's voice is pure flamenco in its hoarse intonation, cadence and emotional outpourings. The two masters make the union work by focusing on the drama of the love songs--"Veinte Años," "Inolvidable" and the title track are just three amazing examples--as fuel for some of the most exquisitely passionate music to come out in ages.--Tad Hendrickson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Sublime
    That's pianist Bebo Valdes, one of Cuba's great jam session players of the 1950s (and still a potent force on the music scene) and flamenco vocalist Diego "La Cigala," whose half-croaked, Arabic-tinged inflections offer a fine counterpoint to Valdes's trademark sleek, supple piano runs. Cigala sounds like he, too, must be an ancient old-timer, un viejo, like all those Buena Vista dudes... But in fact he is a youngster, a ponytailed whippersnapper who just happens to channel weight of the the ages... Quite a lot of gravitas, subtlety and artistic firepower is assembled here; just to spice things up, they bring in some highpowered guests, such as jazzman Paquito D'Rivera, Milton Cardona and Brazilian superstar Caetano Veloso, who duets with Cigana on a version of "Coracao Vagabundo," which closes the album. Also included are classic compositions by Miguel Matamoros, Maria Teresa Vera and other Latin American and Iberian legends. Mighty classy material.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Master Bebo Valdes, El Maestro...
    Bebo Valdés is not only a superb piano player, he is a great composer of Cuban music.
    Exile in Switzerland, and great cuban gentleman.
    Qué siga la tradición, Bebo!
    Gracias.
    José Porcell Sr.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Musical Paradise for Latin Music
    2 Bad Cigala sings . Otherwise is Perfect .

    5-0 out of 5 stars Is there anything else?
    This is the question I would like to ask to Mr. Valdes if I have the opportunity. And I'm sure that he would answer with a "yes", because music is always changing, because we must be ready for such nice surprises as long as musicians like "Bebo" and "El Cigala" are among us. My grandparents used to listen to some of these boleros, and because of them I like this music. Now, I have the chance to listen to them in a different way. I'm pretty sure that they didn't imagine this deep and marvelous interpretation, and that it's not going to be the last one. ... Read more


    4. Street Signs
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    You generally don't have to listen too hard to hear what's on the mind of Los Angeles music collective Ozomatli. The multi-faceted band is rarely subtle in its politics or its incorporation of countless Latin traditions as well as modern rock, jazz, pop and hip-hop. But on the band's third album, Street Signs, the addition of the Prague Symphony and the distinct influence of Arab and North African music certainly qualify as ambitious curve balls. Announcing its intentions from the get-go, album-opener "Believe" starts with a Rai-style vocal melody before finishing with a gritty rap as Bollywood-style strings provide a sweeping backdrop throughout. Never lingering in one place for long, the band quickly goes from there into some of the catchiest Latin Rock this side of Santana's "Smooth" on such gems as "Love And Hope" and "(Who Discovered) America?" before tearing off in other directions. These fearless hip-hop bambinos truly go their own way, saying what they want, playing what they want. --Tad Hendrickson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Stunning mixture of sounds the OZO way....
    I'm only a recent Ozo fan, and have to say that I have missed out on numerous chances to see this band over the years. I am fortunate enough to have seen them once, and was blown away by their raw energy, and mixture of latin, funk, hip hop, rock among many different styles of music. I was immediately hooked.

    With their third full release, it's easy to hear Ozomatli's influences taken to a new level. The middle eastern underlay on tracks like "Believe" and "Who's To Blame?" featuring Chali 2na is apparent. The spanish guitar on "Santiago" soothes the soul. The Latin Jazz sound of "Nadie De Tira" featuring Eddie Palmieri on piano is pure bliss, not to mention the beautiful intro - "Doña Isabelle". The funk rock "Saturday Night" will get any party started and the Orishas like title track is a standout.

    Overall "Street Signs" is a manifestation of what Ozomatli are all about - making funky, shake your ass music. Ozo have already proven to be one of the best bands in the world, live or in the studio, and this album is just another verification of this fact.

    5-0 out of 5 stars awesome
    i love it! this cd just like the others is amazing a must for ozo fans!it is different but familiar.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Eclectic, Amazing
    Yes, it is far better to see this band live, but this album does not dissappoint. I've been an Ozo fan for a long time and I really like the direction they took with this album. It is an eclectic mix of genres. I think the mix of the band members contributes to the mixing of musical genres in an innovative way. The sounds produced here from hip hop to ballads, middle eastern to brazilian are fresh and new. They are definitely ahead of their time, and I can't wait for the rest of the world to catch up to Ozomatli!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ozomatli always impresses!
    The one thing about Ozomatli is that you must see them perform live. However, if that's not possible, then buying the cd is the next best thing and "Street Signs" is what you need. With so many musical styles on this one cd, it's impossible to be bored. There's hip-hop with "Saturday Night," a Cuban drive in "Nadie Te Tira," and a flameco-flair with "Te Estoy Buscando," just to name a few. If you're familiar with Ozo, then you know what great music they're capable of; if you've never heard of them before, then you need to get to know this band and their music. Even if you don't understand Spanish, their music has something for everyone and their energy is contagious. Bottomline is "Street Signs" will lead down many roads, each one more enjoyable than the one before.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ozo Packs Plenty of Surprises
    After owning three Ozomatli cds (which includes this new release as well) they seem to almost reinvent themselves each time. This is an excellent thing. While some ingredients may seem familiar in each album, there is tons of new sounding material and all sorts of artistic experimentation utilized each time in good doses! I cannot pin it down exactly about what it is, but this third release has a much more coherent and smoother track flow. In each album the listener never knows what type of cultural or global influences the group will incorporate on that particualr project.These artists incorporate a healthy plethora of cultural melting pot influences to the nth degree.Ozo seems to know the secret to what is essential for them to succeed and produce such captivating music and "food for thought" lyrics.Ozo knows how to mix in plenty of vacationing/travelling escapism as well in some of their tunes; Just listen to a track like Santiago and tell me that no person in their right mind would not be influenced to wanna go or would like to go to places such as Cancun, Rosarito Beach, Baja, San Diego or even a Latin nightclub in L.A. While they may sing about life,global,social,political or any kind of issues, it's the music and talent aplenty (diversity) that makes the grade (possibly exceeds it) ! It's all universal baby !... ... Read more


    5. The Best of the Gipsy Kings
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    Average Customer Review: 4.72 out of 5 stars
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    Hailing from the Reyes and Baliardo Gypsy families, this ensemble from the south of France has been playing "rumba flamenca" since the late 1980s.With this 1995 compilation, the songwriting talent and virtuosity this unique group possesses were gathered together in one comprehensive CD. Notable inclusions are the anthemic hit "Bamboleo," from their debut, Gipsy Kings; the slowly emotive "Trista Pena" the Italian cover "Volar&eacute," from Mosaïque; and assorted live cuts that wonderfully capture the wild energy these players spark onstage. In short, the Gipsy Kings are a celebratory bunch who know how to rock with a rhapsody of acoustic guitars, passionate vocals, and walls of congas, timbales, cabasas, and bongos. Check this caravan out. --Karen Karleski ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Baila, Baila!
    Though I don't remember much from high school Spanish, when I hear this CD, "Queiro bailar!" (I want to dance!) This is my favorite CD to listen to while stuck in traffic on Southern California's freeways. You can't help but be "moved" by the music. All of the songs are great (maybe that's why they call it the best of...) It's almost guaranteed that you will not be disappointed in this album.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection for Neophytes
    I'm not a Latin music fan, so I've got to review from the point of view of a pop fan. This is a very good collection of Gipsy Kings numbers, featuring most if not all of the tracks I liked best from their body of work - "Moorea", "Volare", "Viento del Arena", "Bamboleo". The mega-mix at the end is rather unnecessary, and points out how much some songs sound like others. Honestly, eighteen tracks tend to max my attention span, and the songs begin to run together. This may be an indication of my shortcomings rather than the albums, however. People looking for a Gipsy Kings album (or some Latin flavored music to add to their collection) probably won't be disappointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars !Excelente!
    This CD was a bargain at this price! Unlike previous reviewers, I feel that the music on the two different CDs is well-arranged. The first CD is more uptempo, while the second CD is a bit more minor-keyed, a litter darker. Both are excellent! I highly recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A new atmosphere
    I've been listening to the Gypsy Kings since i was a kid and now that im 21 i still listen to them. I have these group of friends who also have been listening to the GK's music since their childhood days. It's practically our theme song whenever we go to the beach and soak in the sun. We can't get enough of the songs 'cause they bring us to a new world where life is just so relaxing. We even put the songs on during any of our dinner parties. It makes us feel like we are all in Spain and relaxing with a glass of sanggria and having just a good time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Always great listening and never fails to cheer me up.
    This is so unlike most music I buy. Most of the stuff I listen to is rock, and I tend to like loud music. However, I've always liked jazz and classical, so I've got my ear open for sounds outside of my normal listening diet.

    At one point in college I was going to sit in for a few friends who had an informal flamenco gig. I wanted to get an ear for what I might be playing, so one of the guitarists recommended this disc.

    Am I ever glad he did.

    Somehow, this album is one I can always get into. It's got great rhythms all the way through, and interesting guitar lines (if you're into King Crimson/Guitar Craft, this may scratch an itch for you). But what's great about this album is that it's very song-driven. Great, usually upbeat songs that make you feel cheerful, even if you don't know what's being said.

    The sound on this album is good -- varying in quality in places (some live tracks; tracks from different albums). But you never miss anything important.

    The greatest compliment I can give this album (besides the fact that after having owned it for years it still gets heavy play) is that it it's one of the few recordings I hear with totally innocent ears. I don't try and pick apart its production, I don't try and analyze every bit. I just sit back and enjoy -- which is perfect virtually any time.

    Strongly recommended -- no matter what you're into. Just listen to a sample. ... Read more


    6. Wave
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    Average Customer Review: 4.94 out of 5 stars
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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


    7. Gran Hotel Buenos Aires
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    Young Argentine guitarist Federico Aubele became transfixed with the music of Astor Piazzolla even as he listened to the cool lounge sounds of Thievery Corporation and the Six Degrees label. Incredibly, he put these influences together for an exceptional debut album entitled Gran Hotel Buenos Aires. It's produced by the Thievery guys, but one gets the sense that this really came from Aubele. He surrounds his downtempo beats delicate acoustic guitar figures, an array of sexy women singers (all vocals are in Spanish), and a rich tapestry of sounds and tones. Pushing flamenco and various styles of Latin music to the fore, he also draws upon dub and ambient, and it's the grace of this hip fusion that puts Aubelle up there with such genre benders as Manu Chao and the Gotan Project. Highlights include the upbeat "Ante Tus Ojos" and the rich Latin groove "Esta Noche," but the album is strong from beginning to finish. A truly impressive first effort.--Tad Hendrickson ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars hypnotic music
    Federico Aubele's album on ESL comes as a refreshing twist in the downtempo/international music scene. Taking guitar-rich songs from his native Argentina, packing them onto the thievery-built sonic cruiser and stopping off in Kingston to drench it all in dub.

    There are plenty of dub records out there, and plenty more from Argentina, but this may be worth your time if you dig mellow, haunting downtempo songs with both live and sampled vocals. Good music for chillin'.

    The one drawback, I guess, is that this music can seem too-much like wallpaper or fashion music. But taken as part of a deep collection of music or for inclusion in mixes - I'd say this record rates as a classic of its genre. B+

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great album from ESL
    Thievery corp have chosen another winner!

    Federico's album is lush - full of downtempo, dubby sounds with a latin flair. Love the guitar work on all the tracks!

    1-0 out of 5 stars GOOD CD BUT OVER PRODUCED
    The Thievery Corp guys try to steal the album from Federico Aubele whom when left alone to play the guitar is spectacular.
    All he songs start off the same and it becomes boring after the second cut, too much going on most of the songs, I bought this cd after listening to Los Amigos Invisibles produced by M.A.W. and was really looking forward to a Thievery produced cd.
    I BEEN ROBBED.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Check out this CD
    I first heard of Federico on the latest ESL compilation Den of Thieves. I loved the track "Postales" by him so I picked up this cd. I was amazed; his tracks really get your attention. It's a mix of groovy guitar, sensuous lyrics, and mellow drums. This cd is at its climax when they throw in a trumpet as well. I strongly believe that fans of most genres will enjoy this cd.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another great album from ESL!
    Take 1 part Up, Bustle, & Out....1 part Gotan project...and 1 part Theivery Corp. And you get Federico Aubele! This album is smooth from start to finish! Great beats, & other worldly vocals.
    ESL can do no wrong!! ... Read more


    8. 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


    9. 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


    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.
    an absolute must have for the collection and one of sinatras best. ... Read more


    11. 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


    12. Marc Anthony
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    Marc Anthony comes on like a suave, less jumpy alternative to Ricky Martin on this mostly English-language album. Having already introduced itself to the pop mainstream with the salsa-tinged single "I Need to Know," Marc Anthony offers several other obvious crossover hits, ranging from the Rodney Jerkins-produced Latin-funk fusion of "She's Been Good to Me" to the lovelorn midtempo ballad "When I Dream at Night." However, Anthony's agreeably keening voice is too often applied to the sort of colorless adult-contemporary material typical of Michael Bolton and Mariah Carey mainstay Walter Afansieff, who produces or coproduces three tracks here. The result is often more interesting in sociological terms--Anthony fans who, like the star, were born to Latino parents in America are as sure to eat this disc up as his new Caucasian admirers--than in musical ones. Ain't that America? --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Young Talent
    I heard Marc Anthony for the first time about 4 months ago(I lead a sheltered life) and I was literally blown away by "My Baby You" and "When I Dream At Night". Those two songs, especially, pack so much raw emotion that I found myself in tears listening to the sheer power of his lyrics(which incidentally, he wrote)! Now, I can't seem to get the C.D. off my player-there's no room for even Santana anymore! His other renditions including "Dimelo" and "Da La Vuelta" are truly inspired even though it helps to be bilingual but, not entirely necessary. The music and the message is universal and his presentation is pure genius. I went to see him in concert here in San Antonio and it was the best I have ever witnessed-his band is awesome! Buy this C.D.-just be prepared to have your heart pierced(corazon espinado) and have plenty of tissues at hand.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This CD is incredible (by the way, thanks Rosie...)
    I can't believe Marc Anthony.... he and this CD are astounding. First of all, why didn't it get more acclaim than it has? This certainly has to be one of the best CDs of the year. The music on this album is absolutely beautiful. Marc has an incredible voice... certainly one of the best in the music world today. He puts so much effort and emotion and power into his music on this CD, once you start listening he captures you. I just got this CD in the mail today (from Amazon, of course) and can't get over how extraordinary it is! He certainly surpasses all other Latin/crossover/whatever albums by his astounding music on this album. This music smoothly and effectively mixes the Latin style with today's pop style. By the way, I also love the use of other musical instruments (especially the violin chords in "I Need You to Know") on the album. So many times in today's pop music beautiful instruments, such as the string instruments, are ignored. Well, anyway, as you can see, I could probably go on for hours writing how much I like this CD and how it's just so awesome... but I hope you will believe me after all I've written and give this CD a try! It is definitely worth purchasing; you won't regret it.

    (By the way, I just want to thank Rosie O'Donnell for "introducing me" to Marc Anthony. I remember her talking non-stop a couple of months ago how she loved this album -I now see why- and I thought, who is Marc Anthony? After she had him on her show, though, an heard him sing, I knew that I was missing out on something... so thank you, Rosie!)

    5-0 out of 5 stars marc anthony is a great performer
    i never really thought that marc anthony would sound really great until i saw his performance on tv. his song 'i need to know' doesn't really show much of his talent until i heard my baby you. he sang it with full emotion and power. he sounded really great. he cried during the performance, which also make me wanna cry. can't wait for his next album. never really been a real fan of him until now

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great selection, Lousy Recording
    Marc Anthony's voice is great, the rhythmn of the music is great, but whoever was responsible for collaborating the music with the voice did a very poor job. At times you have to be stretching your ears to hear Anthony's sexy, mellow voice. The musice tends to drown his voice, even his back-up singers are more audible than he is. It's as if he was on one continent with an ampliphier trying to reach the rest of his band on another continent. Did they listen to this cd before releasing it? I hope they re-do it with all the same pieces but with a better mixture of voice to instruments.

    5-0 out of 5 stars to my marc athony
    marc anthony this is one of the best cd i heard from you yet. this prove you have talent and you are willing to share with all of us. i will continue to buy,listen to your albums for as long as you keep singing and giving us your voice to hear. i feel proud that i can look up to a spanish person with joy in my heart and know that when i put a cd on everything is ok. so keep up the good work marc anthony you are and always will be the best.@~~~)~~~ god bless u marc ... Read more


    13. Roots
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    The Gipsy Kings are never going to have the kind of critical acclaim that Paco de Lucia has, but their popularization of poppy rumba flamenca among non-Spanish speakers is nothing to be ashamed of. Nonetheless, here on Roots, the octet turns back to the tradition while making their own imprint on it. Having the band record in an old farm house, producer Craig Street, it seems, simply told them to sit down to play their bittersweet songs. Without electric instruments or a drum set to clutter the mix, brisk acoustic guitars will sweep listeners up in the driving rhythms as lead guitarist Tonino Baliardo soars overhead, particularly on the instrumental songs. When Nicolas, Canut and Patchai Reyes take turns on lead vocals, Street adeptly captures the timbre and nuance of the singers' voices while also delicately balancing the guitar, hand percussion and bass. No pop songs or bombastic rock beats:here's one that purists cannot argue with. --Tad Hendrickson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Gipsy Kings Rule!
    I love this album. I wasn't sure if I would like the acoustic style since I am not much into the "unplugged" type of sound but this CD is wonderful. My favorite track is #5. I don't understand a word they sing but this is great music!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Roots, Firm & Deep
    The concept of this new recording of the Gipsy Kings has been long-awaited... Yes the acclaim they received in the 80s with Bamboleo, etc, and the heavy synth & drums & bass that go along with that sound has boxed them into a pop-flamenco-gypsy-rumba mode, that they own, mind you, and is appealing no matter what, but gives the uninformed & shortsighted critics fuel to chastise & insult them and their vast heritage of talent. It doesn't end there people! and Roots proves it... This recording attempts to hearken back to the days when all one had was one's guitar, one's brothers &/or cousins [hopefully with their guitars] and PURE rhythm & music! add a little campfire, a few dancers & lots of willing listeners/participants with some thunderous & tight palmas [rhythmic clapping] and you've got a party!

    The question is, however, are the Gipsy Kings successful in this recent endeavor? YES YES YES! This time around, instead of rushing off stressed to a studio in Paris like they normally have, they chose a sweet little property, Mas de Gourgoubes, in a town not too far from their own homes. The atmosphere was relaxed & loose~ permitting creativity to flow... Tonino Baliardo's bulerias, called "Bolerias" is crisp & masterful [seriously, what else COULD it be?]... and his cover/tribute to Django, 'Nuages' is cool & flowing just LIKE a cloud... although Nicolas' voice is a little broken due to weathering & let's say, 'a bad habit', it triumphs, and nails every note melodically. Canut as well has some wonderful songs~ that man can convey such passion... Patchai's fandango [the first one] although brief, captures the pain of the 'voice' of the subject well, as does Nicolas' fandango later on. My only mild disappointment was that Andre, the youngest brother [and most musical of all his brothers, in my opinion] with the high voice, didn't have a solo this time, but yes he was a-harmonizin'! He does that well too! My GREATEST and most pleasant surprise was the very last song, with an unfamiliar, untrained, sometimes slightly off-key voice leading out~ 'Petite Noya', belonging to none other than: Diego Baliardo, older brother of Tonino!! In the past he has refrained from touring due to some minor health problems, and he's certainly never had a solo, but it seems they saved the BEST for LAST! and I hope during this summer's tour he joins them to perform it! This amazing jam puts you right in the middle of a juerga in the South of France, probably after some yummy paella & vin rouge~ maybe some nice crème brûlée infused with lavender for dessert... [get the picture?] you're instantly UP & working off those calories! go Diegooo!

    Although these gentlemen have refrained from adding the heavy presence of a 'band' per se on this recording, as they refreshingly accomplished on the earlier "Allegria", I miss the charming in-between-song french chatter, evident in the older recording. Even though there is some back-up, the instruments used are pure & raw, and don't sound 'plugged-in'... Also, one has to remember they are not *trying* to repeat "Allegria". This is definitely something NEW, while retaining the OLD~ going BACK to those proud, Gitan Roots. Pray that it never ends, and continues with their sons & nephews, and on, and on... OLE!

    5-0 out of 5 stars GK Roots ---- Newer than you think
    Already a GK fan, I read the reviews before I bought this CD because they haven't recorded for a while. Consequely, and in all honesty, their complex and varied nature are what enticed me to buy the CD and decide for myself. Listening to the album now, I see why there were so many sides to the commentary. Its not an album for musak tekies because its more story than independent works. To my thinking, what is new about the CD is its brave & determined exchange of passion for tenderness. You won't get it if you disect this album track for track. you have to stand back abit. This is really evident in the CD's sequence from legende (a surrender to love) on to Amigo (the friendship of love) and then to petite noya (the product of love) told with departures and returns across connecting and ascending rithyms. Truely a story of....exito. If you're a fan, buy it. If you're not, become one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars back to basics!!!!!!
    there's not much more than i can add to the previous reviews. this album is what the last two albums have been hinting at, a return to their original acoustic style! This is what their two first albums Allegria and Luna de fuego sounded like, a bunch of guitars, voices, handclaps, and not much else (although they've added a bass guitar now). Although the new album doesn't have the same level of energy that their first ones did, it's still very nice to hear their guitars and handclaps again. If you can find it, there's an import version of this album with a bonus dvd on it with a short documentary of the recording of this album and an interview with the album producer. Although it's not real long, it does provide a glimpse into how this album was made and shows the recording of four tracks from the sessions. Since the dvd is an import, it might not show on you dvd player, although it definitely will play on your computer's dvd-rom.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Cd from one of my all time favorite Flamenco Band
    I have always loved the Gipsy Kings, have all their other C.Ds, including the ones that they recorded under the name Los Reyes. My favorite cds honestly have to be their earlier works as, their later cds were becoming a little to "World Pop Music, and it lost much of "El Flamenco." But this cd really picks up where they left off on their earlier works. This has to be the best cd they have recorded in a long time.
    This cd has every thing for all styles of Flamenco, some Canto Ondos, Bulerias, and Rumbas.
    I have been waiting for a cd like this from these guys for a long time, and yes I am pleased.
    The cd starts you of with.
    1. Aven Aven, a festive Rumba, beautifully sung buy Nicolas, strong, hand clapping, and very rhythmic.
    2. Legends. Very Canto Ondo beautifully memorizing.
    3. Fandango. Strong guitar, and solo, a reminder of the Flamenco styles of the early 1920s.
    4. Bolerias. Pop Guitar, strong style. Great just awsome.
    5. Rythmic. One of my favorite tracks on the cd, the hand clapping, very Gypsi. Everytime I here this track i get goose bumps. One of my all time favorite Gipsy Kings song, buy far.
    6. Como Siento Yo. This is one of those romantic songs that the Gipsy Kings are well known for, sure to please those who are romantic at heart.
    7. Amigo. Good song, not one of my favorite, but still a good song, none of the songs on these cd, can be concidered bad, they can not go wrong with this cd, although this is not one of my favorite styles, i still like it.
    8. Tarantas. I do not know, at least for me and my tastes, I prefer the songs that have words, this is just guitar, soft, very Sevilla mixed with Jazz and pop. This one is okay, although their guitar style is superb.
    9. Fandango. Wow, take me to Sevilla please, actually France because this is where they are from. But still, very Sevilla style Flamenco. I love Canto Ondos, and especially the way Nicolas presents them.
    10. Boogie. I was a bit worried about this track, because of the title. Do not let the title fool you.
    11. Nuages. A little to soft, no singing, soft guitars. Shows the range of style in guitar playing these masters can do. More Pop, flavored than traditional Flamenco but still very good.
    12. Como Ayer. They have to add one of their melow pop songs for those fans who like that sort of style. Not one of their strongest tracks, but still good. Very South of the Border style.
    13. Soledad. Soft, warm, excellent for just kicking back and relaxing with that special someone.
    14. Tampa. Guitar styles, with other interesting instruments. Sure to be a pleaser.
    15. Hermanos.
    16. Petite Noya. Wow, excellent way to end a really good, although I am not a Samba music fan at all, this is still good.
    Although my favorite tracks are in the beggining of the cd, the ones I listen to the most, this is an all around great cd, and if you love the Gipsy Kings, this is a must have. Although I wish they return to their earlier styles, this is as close to it that they have gotten in a long time. ... Read more


    14. 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

    alan

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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


    15. Latenight Betty
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible! Wonderfully eclectic!! Great dance music!!!
    This first CD by Pepe & the Bottle Blondes is the most wonderfully eclectic mix of latin, swing and show tunes I've heard in a long time. Every cut is a delight and emminently danceable. Pepe's voice is amazingly rich -- seemingly able to handle everything from deep baratones to high C's; and he's backed up expertly by the three Bottle Blondes.

    In addition, he's managed to put together an incredible mix of masterful musicians from percussion to horns to flutes to classical guitar. The compositions are tight and well-conceived.

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Funtimes on a CD
    Aight, if you are looking for interesting and fun music with a distictive Latin flair then this is the one to get. The music has the ability to make any room start jumping. If you love to dance to Latin music you are in heaven. But beyond that the song selection shows the diversity and breadth of the musicians. One of the most fun (there's that word again)songs is Number 4. It sounds like an old-style swing song, except for the fact that the lead vocalist is singing in Chinese...really really cool. There is also a really cool version of Sing Sing Sing. My personal favorite is Rumba de 5 Kilos. If you enjoyed the music of Pink Martini then this cd is a must buy, the same quality but much more danceable. And if you really like this cd then you should pick up Sympathique by Pink Martini (another group put together with Pepe Raphael).

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
    This is a great CD! I hope he comes out with a new one soon - it's been too long. He is also a wondeful live performer. Fun for everyone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Seriously amazing sound
    After hearing La Soledad on the Pink Martini CD, I had to find out more about the amazing voice of Pepe Raphael. What a bonus to find out this man has a wacky sense of humor! It is not typical to find a performer who can sing a delicately beautiful song like La Vals de Tomas, then turn around and shake his booty a la Boom Boom. Everything he sings is exquisitely perfect for the style of the song. This CD is on permanent rotation in our car. The opening song, Rhumba de 5 Kilos, simply has it all! My 6 year old son acts out all the voices and rhythms - he has never reacted to music this way. The whole CD is a treat I never get tired of, and I look forward to the next one..........

    5-0 out of 5 stars A flawless polished gem that radiates sunshine
    No shortcuts taken on this one, everything has been tweaked to perfection. Great latin-infused & swinging songs, arranged & delivered by solid musicians & impassioned singers, with style and contagious energy, joy and humor. Even the package art and liner notes are full of color & fun. It doesn't get better than this.
    Pepe & the Bottle Blondes are to release "Latenight Bob" this Fall 2004, I would buy it hands down & sound unheard. ... Read more


    16. Una Nueva Mujer
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible
    My friend game me this CD to definatly tick me off. It was something new so I gave it a try. It's man hating lyrics just left me especulating over how anyone can listen to this crap. To make it short, I threw this CD out the window.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Strong album, though second half is less good
    ***1/2 stars

    Una Nueva Mujer is a big improvement for Olga over her last album Sobrevivir. She has returned more to the snappy merengues that made her famous (in the first half), the arrangements are good, often quite innovative and complex, and her singing is as fine as ever. My favorite song is the title Una Nueva Mujer, andthese upbeat songs are catchy andhave more depth than Yo Por Ti.

    Unfortunately, I find the second half of the album less strong. Abrie Tu Corazon is a kind of folk/rock thing, which I don't care for. This is followed by two heavily pop flavored merengues, and two ballads, which are just not particularly distinctive. Finally a merengue Bandolero which is good, and then a cumbia version which is not that great. I don't like finishing off albums with "versions" - it comes across as filler. Another strong song at the end would have helped.

    It'sworth pointing out that beginning with 2001's Yo Por Ti, Olga has considerably contemporized her style.For some this is a good thing, but I have to confess I am a bit old fashioned, and I still think Olga'sbest work was in the 90s. Then therewas a more authentic merengue vibe, and Olga had a deep and expressive delivery to match it.

    Una Nueva Mujer is definitely worth having,but for me, Olga's triple threat remains Mujer de Fuego, Siente El Amor, and Llevame Contigo.

    It might be interesting to put forth my overall view of the albums of this beautiful and very talented singer. I should mention that I tend to favor real merengue/salsa rather than pop or ballads (unless they are exceptionally good), so whenever Olga goes too far off the traditional track I tend to be unhappy.This certainly will not be an issue for all listeners however.

    Sola - (1992) - ** This first album of Olga is basically a warm-up.

    Mujer de Fuego (1992) ***Good solid album includes several of Olga's early hits like Presencie tu Amor and Vendras Llorando.

    Siente El Amor (1994) **** This is a barnburner, and contains several of Olga's most loved songs:Una Noche Mas, Entre La Noche y La Dia, Ya Me Canse, Receta del Amor and more. There is also Olga's only known salsa, written by her - Unicornio.

    Nuevos Senderos (1996) **1/2This low key Mexican flavor album may appeal to some but I find it rather bland. Me Subes Me Bajas Me Subes is a very nice song.

    Llevame Contigo (1997) ***** Olga's best album, and one of the most memorable merengue albums of the 90s. Unique and irresistible.

    Te Acordaras de Mi (1998) **1/2I find this Spanish flavored pop album a little overwrought and contrived. Three Kike Santander songs are the highlights: Tu Amor, Hielo y Fuego and the wonderful Un Hombre y unaMujer.

    Yo Por Ti (2001) ***1/2 A new sound, and probably her mostbroadly appealing album. It's undeniably enjoyable, if a bit inconsistent in weight.

    Sobrevivir (2002) ** My least favorite Olga Tanon CD.One good song, (Por Tu Amor), and the rest is rather forgettable, unless soft pop and unassuming ballads are your interest.

    Una Nueva Mujer (2005) ***1/2 - See above.



    5-0 out of 5 stars A True Gem of an Album...
    It had been 2 years since we have heard anything from Olga.Butthe wait was well worth it.I must say that this album is one of her best.It is better than "Yo Por Ti" and even better than "Sobrevivir".I think it is due to the fact that she put much more of herself into this album.She either wrote or co-wrote about 5 songs on the album and they happen to be the best ones.After listening to the album you can definitely tell she put in a lot of time and effort into the lyrical and musical aspects of the album.Her voice sounds better than ever.Of the 11 cuts on the album only 2 of them are ballads so you can be assured it is an upbeat album.It has merengue, cumbia, ballads, and tropical/pop mix.Just wonderful..... Here is a breakdown of the songs:

    "Bandolero" (Pop Version): 5/5 I just love how the songs incorporates that violin sounds at the beginning and then turns into this really upbeat sounds. Love it!

    "Una Nueva Mujer" 4/5She goes back to her merengue roots on this track.In the middle of the song she says, "Y si te acuerdas..." and she does her little signature voice sound. It's a midtempo merengue song.

    "Muero de Amor" 4/5 The lyrical content of the songs are beautiful and the midtempo merengue/tropical beat are just as beautiful as well.

    "Vete, Vete" 5/5 One of the songs Olga wrote. Very interesing lyrics and it has a sort of upbeat "merengue/salsa" beat to it.Love this one...

    "Desde que Llegaste A Mi" 5/5 I have to say this is my favorite song on the entire album.It has a definite merengue beat with some other tropical influences.I just love the melody of how she sings the song complements the beat.Amazing....

    "Dime Si Tu Me Puedes Querer" 3/5A midtempo tropical song. She penned this one as well. It's okay.

    "Abre Tu Corazon" 4/5 A pop song.It's something very different than what she has done before. At first it may seem odd but after a while the chorus gets very catchy.

    "Damelo Todo"5/5I love this song, too.An upbeat merengue song with a pounding pop beat as well.Lyrics are great but overall it's got a great melody and beat.

    "Cuidado Con El Deseo" 3/5 It's alright. Midtempo tropical song. Soungs a bit like something Thalia or Paulina would sing.

    "Maldito Seductor" 3/5 I like Olga's voice in this song.It's a ballad and it could have been better if they had incorporated a better beat to it.The one it has is too slow and drags the song a bit.

    "Sin Ti No Puedo Vivir"4/5This is the other ballad on the album. It's very moving to hear Olga's daughter sing with her mother. Very touching lyrics.

    "Bandolero" (merengue version) 5/5Awesome!!! This is the song we've been waiting for since "Es Mentiroso". Very upbeat and danceable.I play this song over and over.One her best merengue songs.

    "Bandolero" (cumbia version)3/5The could have left this one out.Just doesn't catch my attention as much as the other songs.

    Overall, it's a great album and worth the buy.Olga is at her best!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Olga Tanon is back and better than ever
    This is without a doubt one of the best latin albums out there.period. Olga Tanon has once again proved she has talent. All songs on this album are very well done. The best songs are Bandolero(all versions),Vete vete,Damelo Todo,Una nueva mujer,Cuidado con el Deseo and Desde de que Llegaste a mi. Olga is here to stay.

    5-0 out of 5 stars definitivamente una artista con talento de mas
    wao...definitivamente Olga Tanon vuelve a dejar demostrar la clase de artista que es y el talento que de mas tiene.Este disco es super variado, para todos los gustos.. si quieres escucharla cantando merengue, baladas o una cancion pop..este disco lo tiene todo.Admiro a esta artista cada dia mas y mas, es una inspiracion para mi.Veo a este disco ganando muchos premios como siempre Olga Tanon sabe hacer.Es una pieza musical que deben tener para que vean como esta artista ha crecido mas y mas.Espero les gustes al igual que a mi ... Read more


    17. El Kilo
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    Since its 1999 breakthrough, the Cuban rap trio Orishas has been hailed as one of Latin hip-hop's true saviors. But the group's intoxicating third album, El Kilo, is about more than DJ scratches and looped samples. In fact, that's not at all what it's about. The group eschews studio tricks for live instrumentation on El Kilo, and it makes for a heady, well-rounded effort. El Kilo crackles with passion and urgency from beginning to end, and the album transforms Orishas into a wholly unclassifiable, strikingly original music machine. Blaring horns highlight album opener "Naci Orishas," and the pensive title track rides a simmering, soulful groove. Rappers Yotuel and Ruzzo play wonderfully off each other, and vocalist Roldan anchors every song with his playful vibe. A kitchen sink mix of soul, reggae, bossa nova and salsa inform Orishas' sound. There's even an appearance by Cuban rapper Pitbull on the raucous closing track, "Quien Te Dijo." The album's lyrical and musical poetry, however, belongs wholly to Cuba's three hip-hop heroes. --Joey Guerra ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Look at The BIG Picture...
    I guess I am among the minority in thinking that these guys know exactly what they are doing & they are progressing quite deliberately with each album. I acknowledge that it is an unpopular belief that Emigrante (their second release) is indeed a progression & a step in the right direction.As impressive as 'A lo Cubano' is, it is still their first record and as any creatively strong project, they learned from their mistakes early on & decided not to depend on the guaranteed formula of their first success. Indeed, they lost one of their MC's between album one & two but the fact remains that (in my humble musical opinion) the absolute & undeniably strongest musical force in this ensemble is without a doubt: Roldán. His mastery over melody, harmony & over all musical sensibility to give a song the absolute hook, is unrivaled in ANY hip-hop SINCE 2-Pac, and that is a bold statement my friends.This new effort from the trio is absolutely on point & a creative continuation from Emigrante, just as that one was from its predecessor, regardless of the knee-jerk reaction most fans & critics had to it because it was missing an original member and because it wasn't a carbon copy of the first release. Again, as an artist you are damned if you do/damned if you dont, if you repeat what you did before you are being safe, if you grow, you are losing your way, how do you win that battle? There has been absolutely NOTHING missing, melodically, lyrically, musically, beat-wise, hook wise or production-wise since the first album regardless of any absence in personell. These guys are still at the very forefront of ANY hip-hop, it just so happens that they are Cuban & incorporate masterfully & very melodically some of the sweetest aspects of Afro-Cuban music (Batá, Son, Guaguancó, Son Montuno) into R&B tinged Hip Hop. This new album proves that they are right where they need to be musically & lyrically. The soul, funk & R&B influences are more evident in this effort, but the fact remains: these guys are at the Top of their Game. This is Hip Hop at its finest, regardless of language, influence or commercial outlook. Mainstream hip hop could learn a few lessons from any and all of their releases. A Lo Cubano is a great record, but so is Emigrante if you let it live its own life without comparison, El Kilo exists upon the exact same principles: progression, progression, progression...life is evolution & growth, the sooner we acknowledge it, the better we'll understand each other as artists & as human beings. Paz, Amor y Música...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Orishas Best: Hip-Hop Cuban Style
    My knowledge of Hip-Hop is far from a scholarly and my passion for it has always been specific to certain people. Whether it was Public Enemy and early Ice-T toward the beginning, Lauryn Hill with and without The Fugees, or Eminem and Outkast in more recent times, my ears always stay with people who enrich the style and had something significant to say.
    This is not to say that there have not been many others like them, which I simply lack enough knowledge of, nor the fact that I can absolutely expect and dig great grooves and some serious Funk. Now, you can add Orishas to my list of stunning Rap/Hip-Hop, and I strongly urge that you add them to your list. These guys combine powerful words and an impressive breadth of musical influences to create a sound that has achieved a new peak with El Kilo, their third album.
    A little bio about these guys: they are Cuban, residing in France, and atrio since their second album, Emigrante, which was criticized by some or the absence of Flaco-Pro -original member who departed after their debut, A Lo Cubano. Yet I don't expect anyone to miss their fourth member after listening to El Kilo.
    If you, like me, appreciate the richness of R&B and Soul references that Outkast's Andre and Big Boi brought to their music -to the point of creating such distinct new sound- you will find a similar and deep pleasure with the Orishas' generous inclusion of Latin rhythms.
    Please be clear, this is no sampling of the Miami Sound machine or Ricky Martin Disney-approach to Salsa. What you will find is plenty of great "old school" Rumba, Son and Guajira, reminiscent of the glorious Buena Vista Social Club recordings.
    The rapping and singing are also astounding, sensual and smooth at times, and nothing less than chant-like in others, the Orishas rock and sway with the best of them.
    Great cuts abound. Particularly, the amazing "Naci Orishas," "Distinto," "El Kilo," and "Stress," all of which are amazing examples of their rapping/singing skills and of the remarkable band backing them up, specially the horns, bass and percussion.
    The rest of the songs don't fall far behind, for example "Amor Al Arte" and "Al Que Le Guste," plus -at least in the Spain CD edition as track #15- you get the powerful chant and message of Zone Internationale, featuring the French rapper Rohff.
    All in all, these are some the best sounds to groove to all year long, and a certain inclusion on my "best of 05" music list.
    Hip-Hop not only has been here to stay, for long enough to have everyone notice, but it can; be stopped to speak new languages.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Orishas come through again!!!
    3 albums & these guys have not yet disappointed me ONCE!!! "El Kilo" is a great album! Each one of their albums is different, yet they manage to maintain their sound consistant, distinct & at the same time fresh! Once again I am taken away by Roldan's voice, it's so reminiscent of that ol' school Cuban sound....I LOVE IT!!! My favorite tracks on the album are "Naci Orishas", "Distinto", "Kilo", "Bombo", "Al Que le Guste", "Amor Al Arte", "Tumbando y Dando", "Vacuna"....I could just keep on going, because EVERY song on this album is good...the entire album is FIYAH!!! I highly recommend "El Kilo"!!!! :)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great recording...
    I was waiting anxiously for this release and it seemed like the release date got pushed back.I was in Spain in early March and picked up a copy.While I drove from town to town in my rented car I listened to this CD several times.My favorite track is the title track.Great background vocals.That's a big departure for Orishas.The two rappers are contributing a lot more in actually singing.The whole album is very melodic.The instrumentation is also much more robust than the two previous albums.I rate it up there with "A lo Cubano" and better the "Emigrante".By the way the copy I picked up at FNAC in Spain doesn't have the last track with Pitbull.I guess it wasn't ready for the early European release date.Enjoy this album.Every time I hear it now I think of the vast expanses of farmland I drove through in Spain and the small towns I passed and stayed at.

    4-0 out of 5 stars All The Energy From A Lo Cubano
    I have to agree with others here that Orishas have never quite compensated for the loss of Flaco Pro, but they've definitely made a great step in that direction with El Kilo.I'd like to avoid hyperbole, but they're the best latin rappers I know of, because of the intelligence of their lyrics and the skill and diversity of their musicianship.And there's so much energy on El Kilo!Naci Orishas (the first track) is the perfect example, with percussion that is reminiscent of A Lo Cubano, but still totally fresh.The same goes for Bombo, which is my favorite so far (after listening to the album 3 times). ... Read more


    18. Introducing...Ruben Gonzalez
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    Cuban pianist Rubén González has lived through this century's greatest musical windstorms, from the emergence of son to salsa to Latin Jazz and more. Born in 1919, González also retired from playing professionally years before this, his debut CD, was even recorded. He reemerged in 1996 when World Circuit stopped in Cuba to record for several days. He ended up making a thrilling debut. This impromptu CD was cut in a day, and its limber vibe shines for all its uptempo looseness. González plays a rainbow of Cuban rhythms and prods his percussionists and lone trumpeter to great depths of conversation and great heights of flash. --Andrew Bartlett ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Music to the ears!!!!
    In more ways than one, this CD gets to you. As a Cuban, is music that brings you back to your roots. Ruben plays very smoothly and with a lot of feeling. It is incredible that he retains such ability at his age. Of course, he is a great artist, and to him this music is his life. He can play it in his sleep. He is refreshing and warm. His rendition of "melodia del rio" is so romantic that I kept playing it over and over. It was so relaxing and warm. This CD is a must to any collection of Cuban music. What a human interest story Ruben represents! He did not own a piano anymore and had not played for a while. He was all but forgotten. He has come alive again and a lot of us feel very proud of him and this music. To him, playing piano was like riding a bicycle. He did not forget!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful
    I hate to "ride the wave" of popular trends, but in the case of the musicians affiliated with the Buena Vista Social Club, the praise and adulation is fully deserved. I rented the film a few weeks ago and was blown away by the marvelous performances of these legends. I work in a CD store and I put this Ruben Gonzalez disc on our PA system at work the other day. In a span of about two hours I had at least a dozen people either ask me who the artist was or examine the CD case sitting on the counter. I've never seen such a wide variety of music fans show that kind of appreciation for one artist. Ruben Gonzalez isn't just some geriatric has-been who people are showing sympathy for due to his age -- the man would still be considered a stunning musician if he were 30! (he's 81, by the way). His command of the piano is breathtaking. Ry Cooder was right in his liner notes...Ruben sounds like a cross between Thelonious Monk and Felix the Cat. The music is sumptuous and Ruben's hands glide across the keyboard with utter grace. Whether or not you like Cuban music, it's impossible to resist the songs on this disc. I can't recommend it strongly enough.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Farewell to Ruben Gonzalez
    On Monday, December 8, 2003, Ruben Gonzalez died at the unregretful age of 84. Farewell to an unbelievably charismatic and talented musician! His death is the sad realistic reminder that as great musicians like him grow old and die, so does a priceless era of music that will never be emulated.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sadly no longer with us...
    Ruben Gonzalez no longer is with us. He passed away yesterday. At least he lived a life worth living! He was one of the best Latin pianists ever, one of those (like a friend said) that you just don't find any more. He combined technique and charm in a way that few have been able to. Fortunately for the rest of the world, Ry Cooder discovered him, along with Ibrahim Ferrer and a host of other Cuban geniuses of Latin music with his Buena Vista Social Club initiative. After that album, this "Introductory" recording presented Ruben Gonzalez's work to the world in a more focused way. You are bound to respect this gentleman once you take a listen to this album. Ruben Gonzalez: descansa en paz!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Past Re-Introducing Itself to the Ever-Emerging Present
    Ry Cooder once described Ruben Gonzalez as, "A Cuban cross between Thelonius Monk and Felix the Cat." Ruben Gonzalez is no Thelonius Monk...and I cannot really say if he is Felix the Cat...but he is definitely an extremely rare piece of jazz history...an "endangered species" of sorts in comparison to today's lacklustre jazz scene. Thanks to the re-emergence of mostly forgotten Cuban musicians in the late 90's through such vehicles as the Afro-Cuban All-Stars and the Buena Vista Social Club, the world...or at least a portion of it...has had the opportunity to experience a truly unique skill and sound that once flourished. This description of Ruben Gonzalez's music cannot do him justice. When you listen to him either pounding out or softly lifting notes off the piano keys, feelings of excitement, nostalgia, appreciation, comfort, and reflection can all rise to the surface. His skill is difficult to match; his love of music nearly impossible to emulate. Ruben Gonzalez "is" the music he creates and plays...a living example of the musical past re-introducing itself to the ever-emerging present. ... Read more


    19. Brazilian Duos
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    Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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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


    20. A Toda Cuba Le Gusta
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    Average Customer Review: 4.95 out of 5 stars
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    A rousing ensemble recording, A Todo Cuba Le Gusta features a band made up largely of Cuban music elders. As a reflection of their collective experience playing multiple percussion instruments and brightly lit trumpets, the Afro-Cuban All Stars churn with high drama, even while playing music that's paced with extravagant patience. The time signatures overlay and run against each other in a casual trot while the trumpets blare with fat fullness. Add to that the impassioned group vocals and you've got a hard-to-beat Cuban traditional music session. --Andrew Bartlett ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This is the world's most danceable music!
    I bought this album because the group is coming to the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore in March of 2000. I'm a telemarketer and wanted to know what they sounded like so I could pitch them. I've also been to Cuba and really enjoyed the music there. The verdict: This is a fabulous album and I've been raving about it and about the group to my patrons ever since. I predict that people will be dancing in the aisles at the Meyerhoff! It is impossible to sit still while listening to it; even my totally nonmusical sister was dancing to it. (I'm still in shock about that!) I've also just seen the Buena Vista Social Club film about Ry Cooder's trip to Cuba to pull that group together. I was very pleased to see some of the same people are also members of the Afro-Cuban All Stars: the great pianist Ruben Gonzalez, and 90+ year old vocalist Ibrahim Ferrer (who looks 70, if a day.) I can't wait to see them in person. Anyone who likes world music will love this CD. I guarantee it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This Cuban is thrilled w/this Cuban album. Read my review
    This album is a work of art. It is only rivaled by its companion albums, "Buena Vista Social Club", and "Introducing Ruben Gonzalez". I would strongly recommend buying all three and listening to them in succession, although each is excellent in its own right. "Afro-Cuban All-Stars" is a collection of old standards, mostly from the Cuba of the 30's, 40's, and 50's. Although to many (including this Cuban-american) that Cuba is gone, what with the political scene such as it is now under Castro, the music IS ALIVE, as this album definitely proves. Lush, big band sounds, impeccable singing by such greats as Ibrahim Ferrer and Manuel Puntillita Licea, combine to paint a vivid musical picture that practically includes the tropical aroma of the island itself. The first track, "Amor Verdadero", is a "son" that tells an unforgettable story of a man and his relationship with his mother which sustained him during a traumatic life. "Habana del Este" has a beautifully nostalgic, melancholy feel to it that reminds one of simpler, more romantic times of yesteryear. Yet tracks like, "Pio Mentiroso" leave one with a desire to jump up and dance, shyness be damned. Take it from this Cuban, this is the album to get, whatever your culture, whatever your taste. You'll love it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars MUST HAVE!
    You cannot even claim to have a collection without THIS! Brilliant! Beyond brilliant!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Food for your Soul !
    This definitely is an album that is full of life! If you love music this indeed needs to be in your collection of albums. You can hear the warmth of Cuba in the sounds and rhythms of the tracks.

    If you aren't having the brightest of days it will lift you out of any kind of 'blue' mood you might be in.

    Buyt it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Recommended only if you're in one of these two categories...
    Honestly, I can think only of two groups of people who will enjoy this recording, and if you're in either group, I urge you to order it immediately if not sooner.

    If you're one of those totally or mostly unfamiliar with Cuban jazz, you'll love this. It's a celebration of life, full of good humor and vigor. The excitement of the music is bound to get to you, and you'll wonder why you've never given it a chance before.

    On the other hand, you might be quite familiar with this sound, with the vocals of veterans such as Ibrahim Ferrer, Pio Leyva, Manuel 'Puntillita Licea, Raul Planas, Jose Antonio 'Maceo' Rodriguez, and Felix Valoy, and with the full sound of trumpets, teombones, enhanced by sax, flute, and piano. If so, you'll find this the best you've heard, and will insist on its being in your collection.

    If you're in neither group, well, what can I say? ... Read more


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