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    1. Getz/Gilberto
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    Asin: B0000047CX
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    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. The Motorcycle Diaries
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    Argentine filmmaker Walter Salles (Central Station, Behind the Sun chronicles the epic, 8000 mile motorcycle journey of two friends---one of whom is Ernesto "Che" Guevara---in his compelling story of personal, geographic, and political discovery. Composer Gustavo Santaollala, one of the leading figures in Argentine rock and pop (and the producer behind 2003 Latin Grammy Record and Album of the Year winnerJuanes) infuses Salles' unusual road movie with a multi-faceted score that draws not only on his country's rich national musical heritage, but on the same restless musical instincts Santaollala brought to his equally haunting music for 21 Grams. As on that score, his primary instrument is again the guitar, though the seductive electric fretwork of the previous film takes a backseat to acoustic stylings that range from indigenous folk-rooted charm to nervous, electronic-backed soundscapes. Further underscoring the score's expansive, post-modern sensibilities are Maria Esther Zapata'ssaucy take on the tango-novelty "Chipi Chipi," the composer's own retro-energetic "Que Rico El Mambo" and the evocative contemporary ballad, "Al Otro Lado Del Rio," by Jorge Drexler. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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

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

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


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

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

    4. Eco [Bonus Track]
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    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    For many gringos, Uruguayan singer/songwriter Jorge Drexler’s arrival was announced by his quietly strummed performance of "Al Otro Lado Del Rio" during the closing credits of The Motorcycle Diaries. The song wound up winning an Oscar for Best Original Song, but this kind of acclaim is nothing new for talented Drexler: he's already a major pop star in Latin America. Using South American roots styles for subtle flavor, Drexler's music combines a sophisticated blend of modern production, acoustic guitar-based songs and a myriad of different slightly electronic touches. His voice has the same kind of sensual but thoughtful tone we’ve come to expect from Caetano Veloso. While the title track sounds like it could be one Coldplay's sweeping anthems, Drexler gets verbal for the talk/singing "Guitarra Y Vos," which a real highlight. Longtime fans will consider Eco, his seventh album overall, up to his high standards, but this is a real eye opener for those who are just coming to the table. --Tad Hendrickson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Poetry in Motion
    The comparisons I've read here to Caetano Veloso are apt, since they're both tenors and Drexler has that Brazilian vocal style:no vibrato and a soft delivery.And like much of Brazilian music (Veloso is Brazilian -- Drexler is from Uruguay), Drexler's songs are lyric-driven.He has a lot to say, and says it beautifully.I often listen to music in foreign languages and find that it's no impediment if the music and rhythms are compelling enough.The songs on this disk have that special quality.But fortunately, I understand Spanish and therefore can thoroughly enjoy the philosophical musings, quirky insights, and breathtakingly sensual and romantic poetry that accompany these infectious arrangements.

    Like most North Americans, I first learned of Drexler through his Academy Award-winning song, written for the wonderful film, The Motorcycle Diaries.The movie is a true account of a cross-continent motorcycle trip taken by a young Che Guevara as a bourgeois medical student. It depicts how his eyes are opened to the injustices suffered by poor people in his native South America.If you find a good translation of the lyrics to Al Otro Lado Del Rio you may be impressed, as I am, by the understated, subtle way in which Drexler speaks for the idealistic young Che, on the verge of becoming a revolutionary.

    Drexler is a thoughtful and original composer and lyricist and a very good singer.Eco is worth owning and it gets better with repeated hearings.I recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exquisite!
    I do not understand a word of what this man is singing but frankly, it doesn't matter. This has to be one of the best crafted albums that I have ever heard! From the music to the musicianship to the production values, this is flawless. I will leave it up to those you with an understanding of his lyrics to attest to their merit - all I can say is that this is a very lyrical album. I mean this in the sense that the music of the words is as striking as the playing. I can't help but think that this album would be huge in the US if it were sung in English - but would it sound the same? I tend to think that Drexler's talent would overcome any perceived obstacle.
    Oddly enough, my least favorite track is the one that won the Oscar - Al Otro Lado Del Rio. No hooks you see...but there are so many highlights on this album that it is difficult to single them out.
    I have seen comparisons to Caetano Veluso whom I like but Drexler is altogether more musical and more pleasing to the ear IMO.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Caetano or David Byrne of Uruguay
    A fellow David Byrne fan from Uruguay first posted some comments on DB's bulletin board about Drexler getting snubbed from the Academy Awards because he wasn't "...famous enough..." to sing his own song (reminder to self: just one more reason to never watch that crap).Drexler told Nic Harcourt of KCRW recently he wrote a letter of protest to the Academy Awards, and wasn't happy about it.Even Antonio Banderas didn't feel right about singing it, but relented in the end.Drexler turned out to be the one to laugh last, as he sang a few lines from his song in lieu of an acceptance speech at the Academy Awards.He reminds most immediately of Caetano Veloso's London exile years ("Joia", "Muito", and "Bicho"), and has the seemingly effortless intellectual range of Caetano and David Byrne.Very gentle, intelligent, and intense.His lyrics are nothing short of sublime.It helps if you understand some Spanish, but this is music that can be appreciated for its own sake.Unbelievably talented singer songwriter, who may soon become much more known in the U.S.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Motorcycle Diaries Brings Uruguayan Talent to the Fore
    Uruguayan singer/composer Jorge Drexler wrapped his delicately warm voice around a gently strummed guitar on "Al Otro Lado del Rio", the yearning song that accompanied the closing credits of Walter Salles' wondrous road movie, "The Motorcycle Diaries". It was a fitting ending to a beatific film, and he won a surprise Oscar for Best Song. It seems inevitable that a solo recording would be released in conjunction with that celebratory moment, although ironically Drexler was denied the opportunity to sing it on the actual Oscar telecast in favor of famed non-singer Antonio Banderas.

    Produced by Drexler, along with Juan Campodónico, and Carlos Casacuberta, this disc is certainly good enough to attract new fans to Drexler, whose voice reminds me of a Latin-tinged blend of James Taylor and Michael Franks. Leisurely paced but impeccably produced, the Spanish-language songs are genuinely melodic if a bit monotonous at times. The title track and "Todo Se Tranforma" are nice slices of pop music, the first with a sweeping rhythmic feel and the latter punctuated by electronic percussion and echoing backing vocals. Both seem rather trivial compared to the mostly spoken word anthem, "Guitarra y Vos", a surprisingly affecting song. "Transporte" picks up the pace, and nice syncopated backbeats make "Milonga Del Moro Judío" and "Polvo De Estellas" percolate with calculated abandon. "Se Va, Se Va, Se Fue" has an oddly retro feel with its tick-tock backbeat and overly dramatic string arrangements."Salvapantallas" is a lovely song performed very sweetly, and "Al Otro Lado del Rio" provides an appropriate closer. The overall effect is alternately tranquil and percussive with an insinuating rhythm that is downright irresistible. Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
    I first knew of Jorge Drexler with 'Al Otro Lado Del Rio' from the Motorcycle Diaries. When I saw this on sale, I couldn't resist and I absolutely love this disc! ... Read more

    5. Bebel Gilberto
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    Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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    With the release of her debut Tanto Tempo in 2000, the Brazilian singerBebel Gilberto and the late DJ Suba redefined the bossa nova sound. Hersophomore effort, produced by Marius de Vries, the soundmeister behindMadonna, Annie Lennox and Bjork, was recorded in Rio, Bahia, London and NewYork. Gilberto's cool contralto sings sweetly oversynths, strings, percussion acoustic piano and horns. Daniel Jobim and PedroBaby contributed compositions. Caetano Veloso's "Baby" features lyrics byOs Mutantes, and Carlinhos Brown's candomblé-cadenced, "Aganju" swings witha nod to Africa. Bebel's hushed vocals reveal the influences of herfather, the legendary Joao Gilberto, and of her mother Miucha on theelectro-bossa beats of "Winter." Ditto the ocean-breezed "O Caminho," withjazzy orchestrations and pianisms provided by Joao Donato. This disc aimsfor the ear rather than the hips, but don't be surprised if future remixescould flip that sonic script. --Eugene Holley, Jr. ... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Highly Recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars As clean as a summer breeze
    These are beautiful songs. Arrangements, performance, production are superb. Lani Hall is a vocalist like no other. These tracks are as fresh as the day they were made, ... Read more

    9. 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

    10. 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

    11. 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

    12. 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

    13. Laundry Service
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    Colombian superstar Shakira's first English-language disc, Laundry Service, carries the pointed credit "Entire Album Produced by Shakira." That might be a signal to U.S. fans who helped two of her previous discs go platinum under the media radar--a sign that this planned breakthrough has more to offer than the input of a score of image makers and outside writers. And it does; even the occasional clunky lyric comes directly from her overflowing heart. Laundry Service's meld of danceable pop and rockier ideas and textures follows the similar path of the singer-songwriter's previous work. Indeed, for all its high-end production values, the record is ultimately one of the least glossy crossover vehicles imaginable. Despite an occasional lean toward Celine Dion territory ("Underneath Your Clothes"), it has a freshness that's sure to win over new listeners even after the first single, the sly "Whenever, Wherever," has reached the saturation point. While still not fully formed as an artist, she's getting close to something of her own--something that may flower after she dumps the vocal Alanis-isms. For now, it's still a pleasure to watch her grow. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars ONE OF TODAY'S REAL TALENTS
    My initial impression BEFORE listening to "Laundry Service was "here we go..yet another girl pop singer to go with Britney, J. Lo, Ashanti, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera etc. etc. etc. and the rest". Don't believe first impressions. I watched her "Unplugged" DVD which is in Spanish (I don't speak it) and was really impressed by her abilities as a performer. Then I heard this CD. Shakira absolutely leaves those other girls for dead in the talent realm. I have heard this album over and over and the thing that strikes me most is the diversity of styles and influences that abound on this album. I'm surprised no one else has mentioned the nod to The B52's "Rock Lobster" during the guitar break in "Objection (Tango)". The opening to "Poem To A Horse" reminds me of U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday". How cool. The other tracks particularly "Fool", "Underneath Your Clothes", "The One" and the Spanish language tracks are all quite good. The lady obviously is careful with her image and it's refreshing to see such an attractive female performer as Shakira NOT flashing bare body parts in her videos, something her contempories are guilty of as an apparent distraction from any lack of quality in the songs portrayed. She also had the good sense to NOT turn the clip to "The One" into an entry to a wet t-shirt competition. If you've seen the clip you'll know what I mean. The serious, talented girls like Shakira, Norah Jones and Australia's Delta Goodrem will concentrate on the music and not the image because that's what's important. If you want to determine the song's quality, listen with your ears, not your eyes. I recommend "Laundry Service" heartily as an enjoyable album to listen to, something I can't say about the recent boring efforts of her "R&B" contempories.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Shakira is one of the best artists...
    I totally love her new album! I don't usually buy a single artist cd, because I usually will regret it. So I usually buy various artists albums. But Shakira's new single "Whenever, Wherever" is the reason why I brought her cd...and I haven't stop listening to it! I am now actually finding time almost everyday just to listen to her cd! The music and the lyrics of the songs, are! Track #2 "Underneath your clothes" is my next favourite song on her album. Very touching and emotional. And Track #11 "Eyes like yours (Ojos Asi)" is just great to dance to. Also, some recognition to Track #9 "Poem to a Horse"; very meaningful. Except for the 4 Spanish songs on the album, which I have no clue what the heck the lyrics mean. But even though I don't understand Spanish, I still listen to them because I love the rhythm and the music of these 4 Spanish songs. I actually have tried to sing along with the Spanish lyrics in my hands! It is that good! And I don't know why some people are comparing her to Britney. Britney doesn't write her own songs! Don't compare Shakira to Britney just because Shakira dyed her hair! In my opinon, Shakira is better than her!

    1-0 out of 5 stars not so into this...
    ok i dont mean anything bad about shakira... i mean its just an opinion about her music im not here to criticize her or talk bad about her. but just like some1 before me said, its really true that her music sounds better in spanish... in all kinda ways... im not even into this kinda genre of music, but i just had to put my review here after seeing a video of hers now on tv (poem)... ive heard her album 'laundry service' too, and honestly it wasnt that nice (for me).......

    5-0 out of 5 stars Laundry Service
    Laundry Service~ Shakira is one hot and sexy singer. She is so amzingly good looking that it is almost criminal. Her vocal skills are very good. Her lyrics are fun and fancy free. She is one of my favorites...

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best break-through act ever
    This cd is brilliant, Shak knew how to mix all different kind of styles, and she used her voice with everything it has.
    In contradicti to other,s i think the lyrics aren't bad becuz of her 'bad english'. Her english is very well, and the lyrics are just different from those simple Britney-lyrics. Shakira uses metaphors, strange rhymes etc. Very original.
    Shakira is brilliant in writing music. She knows every instrument, and she is involved to every instrument used. Whenevr wherever has brazilian drums and a panflute. Underneath your clothes, is a quite acoustic song with instruments like horns and trumpets in it, Objection is a pop/rock/tango song, one of the most original songs on the cd. Rules is kinda 'back to the 70s' song, the one is a beautiful rockballad with strings in it (my fav shaki song). Ready for the good times is an '80s disco song, but with cool guitars, Fool is a quite bluesy rockballad and great lyrics! Te dejo Madrid is a cool rock song, with a cool harmonica, and ik makes you wanna sing and dance... and the lyrics are very funny! Poem to a horse is a rock song with trumpets and greta lyrics. Eyes like yours is an english version of Shakira's Ojos asi (1998). and seurte and te aviso te anuncio are spanish versions of Whenever... and Objection.

    Ver original, and totally NO latin Britney! ... 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



    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. Rock De Mi Pueblo
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    Rock, vallaneto, cumbia, ska, zydeco, and more fuel Colombian singer/songwriter Carlos Vives's latest party, aptly titled Rock de mi Pueblo. From the festive opening track "Como Tu," Vives bounces nonstop among rhythms, music styles, and instruments to keep the celebration running red-hot. On "La Maravilla," Vives sings about a woman who knows how to enjoy life while his band fuses cumbia dance grooves. Heavy percussions drive "Gallito de Caramelo," a rocking tune about willing to go anywhere to wait for the right person. Vives slows the pace on the melancholy ballad "Voy A Olvidarme de mi," with its where-are-you-now lament. While mixing folk vallenato with rock is his specialty, this collection is Vives's most energetic, fusing blues-rock sentiment, more electric guitars and tribal fever for an instant winner. --Ramiro Burr ... Read more

    16. Brazilian Duos
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Nuclear Bosa Nova
    Ms. Souza sings with a great deal of panache.
    She has amazing technique and style. She can be
    percussive or lyrical which ever is needed. She
    has a wide color palette from which to choose and
    her choices are always musical. In short, she is
    a fantastic musician. The song selection is super
    and the guitarists are dynamite.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    A remarkably soothing collection of lullabies.

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

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

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

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

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

    18. Ronroco
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    Gustavo Santaolalla is a talented multi-instrumentalist from Argentina who has been extremely involved in bringing new sounds to an age-old culture. Playing a variety of stringed instruments including the guitar, the guitarron, the charango, and the ronroco, Santaolalla bridges the gap between traditional musics and forward-thinking compositions. He reveals an unusually progressive vision filled with cascades of chiming sounds and the understated influences of Japan, Africa, and Eastern Europe, as well as Latin America. Accompanied by his associate Anibal Kerpel on vibraphone and melodia, Santaolalla has made an instrumental album of intense passion and evocative songwriting. Gustavo's rapid picking and constant strumming of strings provide a solid foundation for his melodic innovations as clusters of notes rise majestically and then quietly fall away. --Mitch Myers ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Authentic folk virtuosity
    Gustavo Santaolalla evokes the plains and mountians of South America with his cascading melodies, as in Atacama. The simple "Coyita" waltz carries a heartbreakingly beautiful grace. This CD is at once a true indigenous recording and a very modern, minimalist work full of emotion and tonal textures. It has been beautifully recorded - resonant as a courtyard, as immediate as a live performance.

    Whenever I hear these simple and haunting songs, I remember each drive in my car when I listened to them. This is music of the senses and the soul - timeless and true.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Superb! This guy is really cultured.
    It's my opinion that a fair amount of new age or folk artists tend to focus on their own culture and roots. But one listening of this CD and you can tell this guy is really cultured and diverse, and not biased towards his own Argentine culture at all. So far, I've picked up hints of Japanese, hints of medieval European style, Latin American (of course), and even some things I can't pinpoint. Although some other reviewers have said this makes good background music, I would recommend against it. This music is really deep and deserves foreground attention.

    I almost gave it four stars because a couple of the tracks such as Way Up and Atacama seem to just be constant strumming and don't carry much of a melody with it. But the other tracks were so excellent (especially Coyita (definite Japanese influence here) and De Ushuaia A La Quiaca), I simply had to give this album five stars. This is definitely something to add to your collection!

    5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite ..
    This is one of my favorite CDs of the 2000 or so in my collection. It regularly finds its way into my current play mix, and, in an odd way, has become a Christmas-time standard in the household (i.e. good time for *real* music). This acoustic masterpiece bears no resemblance to his earlier "Gas" (which is fine, I suppose, if you like driving electric guitar (but that's what my Hendrix collection is for)). This beautiful CD has an emotional quality such that you will find yourself just listening, not doing anything else, quietly taking it in.

    His other album, "Santaolalla", does not appear to be available in the US.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Gustavo Santaolalla - Ronroco
    A pesar de su trabajo como productor de bandas más ligadas al pop y al rock, como Café Tacuba, en este disco Gustavo Santaolalla nos muestra su visión personal de la música latinoamericana, y, en particular, de la música andina argentina. Para esto, ocupa instrumentos tradicionales como el charango, el ronroco (un charango más grande), la guitarra y el guitarrón, pero, si bien los ocupa respetando sus características intrínsecas y sus técnicas específicas (como los redobles y arpegios del charango), los toma para crear obras distintas a las que usualmente escuchamos. Por otra parte, añade instrumentos de otras tradiciones, como el whistle, la armónica, el vibráfono y la melódica, que entregan colores completamente distintos, pero muy enriquecedores (bien ensamblados y empastados, además, gracias a una muy buena grabación). En cuanto a los motivos musicales, las armonías y los ritmos, todos ellos están tomados de la tradición folklórica antes mencionada, pero con alteraciones: los giros y los cambios de acordes son más osados, y se permite más espacio para el desarrollo de los temas. Esto último ocurrre en más de un par de obras, que prácticamente no tienen melodías, y están constituidas por amplios paisajes sonoros de arpegios y/o redobles, que provocan un efecto completamente ambiental y envolvente, con apenas ligeras variaciones a lo largo de su duración. En definitiva, este disco es una excelente muestra de cómo, a partir de elementos conocidos y tradicionales, y gracias a una recombinación, cuestionamiento y adición de elementos, es posible conseguir obras muy novedosas y originales.

    P.D.: dentro de la misma línea, recomiendo el disco "Lejanía" de Inti Illimani, en el que este grupo chileno aborda el repertorio andino con composiciones propias y ajenas, y con arreglos igualmente interesantes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars EL SOL Y LUNA
    I was introduced to Gustavo's music when I heard "The Insider" soundtrack. Upon hearing his recording RONROCO I was entranced, the compositions are unique and refreshing, complex and simple, they take you to some tropical paradise. This recording sets a great atmosphere. ... Read more

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

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

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

    5-0 out of 5 stars Buona Bonfa
    I've just listened to it once, but this CD, like the music Luiz Bonfa composed, is immediately accessible.Encumbered neither by other musicians, nor "effects", we hear Bonfa just as he must have sounded when he sat and played in a very natural, relaxed venue.His technique (including "devices" such as the bush stroke that, if he didn't invent or develop, cannot be used better by any other guitarist with whom I'm familiar) allows him to focus on creating completely authentic music.
    This is also an historically interesting CD, with an excellent booklet which provides a great deal of pertinent information about an artist who really deserves much more attention by those who discuss the great acoustic (or classical/ nylon-string) guitarists of the 20th century.
    And the best part of the whole package is:the music!!
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