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21. Still Life (Talking)
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22. 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Astrud Gilberto
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23. Nova Bossa: Red Hot on Verve
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More than merely a variant on the traditional samba beat, the bossa nova has had a rich life since it emerged in Rio de Janeiro in the late 1950s. It was introduced to American audiences by returning jazz musicians, including guitarist Charlie Byrd, who shared some its most famous tunes with saxophonist Stan Getz. Getz's sweet, breathy tenor saxophone was its ideal American voice, and the bossa nova quickly became a popular craze, spurred by Getz's recordings with the composers Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto (especially Getz/Gilberto). While the phenomenon would soon run its course, leaving a mass of forgettable recordings in its wake, it persisted as part of the rhythmic vocabulary of jazz and as a potent, transforming folk form in Brazil. This compilation includes the greatest hits of Getz's various collaborations, but it also presents a significant and varied sampling of bossa's Brazilian forms, including the politically charged tropicalismo movement founded by Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil. --Stuart Broomer ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Music you will fall in love with, whether you're 20 or 80.
Getz, Gilberto, Jobim. The lion's share of this wonderful collection showcases the incredible talent, often in collaberation, of the 3 above names. Getz' work on Desafinado and Insensatez, Gilberto's playing and singing, and Jobim's writing and (odd but endearing) voice. But to a person accustomed to 'modern' pop music, its the melodies and rhythms that are such a breath of fresh air. Assymetrical - the guitar pulls the song in a different direction to the voice and the underlying rhythms. The results are songs with an edginess about them, and laden with hooks.

For me the highlight is Aguas De Marco, written by an older Jobim, but as bewitching as anything he ever wrote. Which sums up the entire compilation: bewitching.

This CD will draw you in to many musical styles, all equally addictive. It has barely left my CD platter in the last year.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Bossa Nova Compilation
I love this CD. I purchased it shortly after I bought Red Hot + Rio some three years ago. And this does not disappoint. It is the companion piece to Red Hot + Rio only it features many of the original versions of the songs by their original artists. Astrud Gilberto, Vinicius, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Edu Lobo, Baden Powell, Stan Getz and of course, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto all star on this CD with many others. What is also special about this CD is the flow of the music. The interludes tie perfectly with the CD. None are too much, only a hint of the streets and escolhas do samba in Brazil. From the first track, taken directly from Orfeu, you're taken into Carnaval in Rio. And the entire album has a melancholic feel to it. Saudade, or a darkness but a happiness in having a dark cloud over you, if that makes sense. And then you're taken to the last track, Corcovado before Waters of March and a truly nostalgic live recording of Aquelle Abraco with Joao Gilberto and Gilberto Gil. Romantic, well put together, and a sure classic compilation. Get this CD! It is tremendous!

4-0 out of 5 stars Música brasileira agradável às orelhas
I became a fan of Brasilian music when I became a fan of the Portuguese language, which was soon after I learned exactly what Rio de Janeiro is. For years, I had heard "A Garota de Ipanema" ("The Girl from Ipanema") and didn't know what it was, but when I finally discovered it, I wanted to have a copy. So, I bought this album. Although, to me, that is the highlight of the album, the other tracks are not let-downs by any means. The track that opens up the album is the beautiful "A Felicidade" ("Happiness") from the 1959 film "Black Orpheus" or, as it is in Portuguese "Orfeo Negro." The songs continue to be beautiful throughout. My personal favorites are the two aforementioned as well as "Agua de Beber" ("Water to Drink"), "Bim Bom," "Superbacana," "Aquele Abraço" (loosely, "I Embrace That One") "Águas de Março" ("Waters of March"), and "Corcovado," the most romantic of all the tracks. I really do not understand why the disc is advertised as "perfect for romance" because it really is not. The vast majority of the songs are a bit more fast-paced and the lyrics tend to not be about romance, and the interludes do tend to be a simple cacophony of street sounds from São, Bahia, or Rio. Don't get me wrong, the disc is great, but if you're looking for romantic, try the Isley Brothers or one of those Time Life "Body and Soul" discs. However, if you're looking for good Brasilian classics, pick this up.

5-0 out of 5 stars a real baby bopper
this cd is the bomb. my 16 month old son loves to listen to the cool sounds this cd beams out and jigs along with a smooth yet syncopated ease. it truly is a voyage of discovery from beginning to end, sure enough to bring a smile, forlorn regrets, and maybe even a romantic tear. the powerful ebb and sway of the music reminds me of the seaside, and the bouyant energy of the culture bringing us this fine music.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tradional Samba?
As Bossa Nova means New Wave the idea of "traditional samba" could seem an oxymoronic idea. It is merely juxtaposition, as was the samba movement. Brasilian rhythms are complex as are jazz structures, however this doesn't mean that they must clash. The heavy personalities (most of which are featured on this CD) that comprised this movement proved this point. That beauty in rhythm is just that.
This album can be a journey through this movement if you let it be. Listen to it from start to finish, and if your ears are true you will hear the entire movement evolve.
It is well constructed, and it has all the important participants participating in the most memorable and influential standards of the time and place.
If you are curious about the Samba movement buy this CD.
You will learn through listening, and most of the words you will hear will be in Portuguese.
What a beautiful language -- what a beautiful movement.
Listen and Learn. ... Read more


24. Tide
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5-0 out of 5 stars The "Tide" rolls in
At long last, "Tide", the sequel to the 1967 classic "Wave"(see review) is finally available to American Jobim lovers on CD! Released in late 1970 "Tide" is a continuation of that masterwork, but features more of Jobim's great grand and electric piano playing. Jobim is supported by great players like Ron Carter, Hubert Laws, Hermeto Pascoal, Joe Farrell, Airto Moreira, and features arrangements by Eumir Deodato, rather than by Claus Ogerman this time. Stand out tracks on this album include the title track, "Remember", and "Tema Jazz". As an added bonus, there are three additional versions of "Tema Jazz" including two alternate takes, and the complete unedited master take of the song, as well as a wonderful alternate version of "Tide" without orchestration and Jobims' electric piano taking the place of the flutes. Nicely repackaged in a digipak and beautifully remastered(not to mention the great price! ), this gem of an album shines even brighter than before. Thank you Verve and all I can say is MORE PLEASE! MORE!

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Jobim "tour de force"; a Deodato triumph!
The title track was built on the same chord structure as "Wave." If you can play or hum the melody of "Wave" while playing "Tide," you'll have fun juxtaposing the two tunes. [Listen to how arranger-pianist-guitarist Eumir Deodato melded the sibling tunes seamlessly on the "Sinatra and Co." album.] "Tide" is abundant with rich melodies, not the least of which is Jobim's most famous work, "The Girl From Ipanema." Jobim showcases his lyrical side in "Sue Ann," and "Caribe." In "Remember," he plays beautiful block chords backed by a strong rhythm section. In "Tema Jazz," he proves that he and company can swing hard.

The remastered version has a clearer sound and a stronger presence than the original CD reissue. However, I find Verve's technical efforts on this CD a bit overdone. The result compromises the album's musical quality. Take the bass flute parts by Joe Farrell on "Carinhoso," for instance. The flute doesn't sound as warm and dreamy as it does on the LP and original CD reissue.

On "Takatanga," the trombone sounds harsh and a bit too loud, unlike on the LP and original CD reissue. I also note, with a bit of curiosity, the omission of the bass flute obbligato on "Takatanga" [if you're a musician, that's the part where the chords go like this: Amsus, Abm7, G6, Gm, etc; otherwise, scan forward until the elapsed time reads 2:26]. Why did Verve exclude this essential part? Was that deliberate? Alas, nothing is mentioned on the liner notes. It's unfortunate that Jobim is no longer around to raise his objections.

On the alternate take of "Tide," Jobim plays electric piano sans strings and horn section. Get your guitar and play along.

Overall, the album is another Jobim tour de force. Applause for Eumir Deodato for his magnificent arrangements! "Tide" couldn't have been commissioned to a better arranger than him. Jobim is no longer with us, but his rich musical legacy lives on with this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jobim and Deodato Prove They Are The Masters
This album, along with the "Stone Flower" album are in my opinion the 2 finest albums Jobim ever did. The melodies are beautiful, as always. But the real rewards here are Eumir Deodato's arrangements. Every track has that perfect balance of the familiar and the surprising. The way Deodato mixes the horns with flutes, electric piano with acoustic guitar, Brazilian percussion with traditional trap drums- is amazing. You'll be engaged by some great arranging technique on one track, and then the next track is yet another brilliant arrangement, totally different from the previous one yet still perfectly in the spirit of Jobim's "sound". This goes on through about dozen tracks- all of which are great. The "updated" arrangement of The Girl From Ipanema is a great example of this in the way that it takes a very familiar composition and re-tools it to be more complex, interesting, and hypnotic than the earlier recordings- no small task for a classic song that one would think could hardly be improved upon. The alternate take of "Tide" is also a real treat, featuring great Fender-Rhodes electric piano work in a totally stripped-down non-orchestral arrangement. I cannot compare the CD mix to the LP releases as others have, but I can say the CD sound quality overall is excellent. Verve really should re-issue more A&M/CTI dates like this. Kudos to Jobim and Deodato for really delivering the goods here and proving they are both absolute masters of their craft.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tidal Wave II
I must confess. I have not heard the CD version of this album but I do own the vinyl version which was re-issued back in 1984. Nevertheless, I feel compelled to share my thoughts about this album and again, it's only based on my listening experience with the A&M Audio Masters version.

The vinyl version of this album is truly outstanding. "Tide" was a good follow-up to "Wave" and it is every bit as enjoyable in its own way as "Wave" is in its.

Although "Tide" doesn't have the consistency that "Wave" does, it is a well-produced album that has some first-rate performances by Jobim. "Sue Ann", "Tide", "Remember" and "Caribe" are among the finer cuts on this album and they are ones you will definitely want your CD player to play over and over again.

In reading some of the other reviews on this site, several people have expressed their displeasure with the way Verve remastered this album. Being a purist, I too would be dissatisfied with any re-issued recording that was not faithful to the original performance. Nevertheless, I still think this reconstituted CD would be worth buying; likewise, I plan to add this CD to my collection as it is truly a Jobim classic.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not one of the better Jobim albums
To me this doesn't sound too inspired, more like something Jobim was contracted to do. This is underlined by the fact that he's reusing his old, often played standard 'Girl Of Ipanema'. Likewise the title track 'Tide' is a recycling of the chords to 'Wave', with a melody, that most of all sounds like a pale echo of 'Wave'. This seems, apart from the brazilian classic 'Carinhoso' to be symptomatic for the rest of the songs on the album. Songs Like 'Tema Jazz', 'Remember'(which again alternately sounds like it was built on the chords to either 'One Note Samba' and Wave') and 'Takatanga' are nice enough and has a lot of little creative details in the melody and arrangements, still it isn't as 'mindblowing', as some of the other stuff Jobim has done. So I don't think this is one of the better Jobim albums, it sounds more like a workout for Jobim and his then new arranger Deodato, before they went on to create 'Stone Flower, the follow up to this one, and a great deal better. ... Read more


25. Antonio Carlos Jobim: Stone Flower
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The American producer Creed Taylor produced some of the best recordings Antonio Carlos Jobim ever made. Taylor's lush strings, evocative woodwinds, and selection of top-notch jazz musicians were a perfect match for Jobim's spare, bossa nova-flavored compositions. This 1970 recording features Jobim backed by bassist Ron Carter, trombonist Urbie Green, flutist Hubert Law, and soprano saxophonist Joe Farrell. Several classics, such as "Children's Games," the lilting "Tereza My Love," and the two soft samba/swing renditions of Ary Barroso's "Brazil," are lovingly draped in the velvet arrangements of the then-young Brazilian sensation Eumir Deodato. Jobim's dry and achy vocals, along with his acoustic and rarely heard electric-piano playing, add the right sonic seasoning to this delightful disk. --Eugene Holley Jr. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This Lost Gem is a Cause for Celebration
This release is one of Jobim's best. It is a perfect mixture of the different moods found througout his work. It combines the classical sensibility of Jobim and Urubu with the beautiful bossa of Wave and Tide. For those who wonder why this man is regarded so highly by so many people, this album offers all the reasons why. It is a great introduction (even though this is not considered one of the classics) to Jobim's varied styles and moods. For long-time fans this is an essential addition to an already spectacular catalog. Complex, sensual music with that looming melancholy that informs the best of Jobim.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jobim & Deodato: Absolutely Amazing
This album, along with "Tide", are in my opinion, the best recordings Jobim ever made. This album is very similar to "Tide", which was recorded only a few months earlier. Again, Eumir Deodato proves he is an arranger of vast and rare talent, enhancing Jobim's always-beautiful compositions with instrumentation that is rich, dense, and always original. The whole album is excellent, with each successive track providing a slightly different musical journey and variations on instrumentation. A few of the pieces are rather dark, but really interesting. The long cut of "Brazil" is really groovy and is one of the highlights of the album. Also "Tereza, My Love" and "Children's Games" provide lighter and really melodic lines that make you wish the tracks were longer. The usual cast of top-notch jazz and session players are included, like Ron Carterm Hubert Laws, as well as Airto and a few more ace Brazilian and american instrumentalists. Overall a supremely substantial album full of fresh sounds and great compositions- all very well produced and well recorded for maximum enjoyment.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jobim the master
If you know about Jobim,it's senseless to write a review on any particular album.Just buy everything the man has ever produced--he is an absolute musical genius.His music will take you to the core of his emotions,and your's.It's as though you know him like a family member.Is he the greatest ever of any musical genre?Maybe.

5-0 out of 5 stars A different perspective
Enough people have raved about this album, as well as about Wave and Tide (all solid five-stars, and deservedly so), so I'd like to add a more personal comment. Ever since I was about 13, when Elizete Cardoso's Cancao do Amor Demais came out, I decided that, when I grew up, I wanted to be Antonio Carlos Jobim - and I still do to this day. I've been musically orphaned too often, by the untimely deaths of, among others, Sylvia Telles, Jobim's ultimate songstress, and Elis Regina, who would have never existed if not for him. But when Tom, as we called him, died, I wept my eyes out. So this is my way of saying thank you, Tom. You introduced me to sheer beauty such as I would never have come to know could exist otherwise.

5-0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL!!!
The whole album is BEAUTIFUL. This is one of my favorite CDs of Jobim's. Each song is so passionate and flowing with the rest of the set list. This album is distinctful and different from any of JObim's other works, and certainly some of his best. BUY IT!!!

If Stone Flower inspired Santana, it will inspire you! ... Read more


26. Intercontinentals
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Bill Frisell took the Downtown New York jazz scene to Nashville, and Marc Ribot did the same thing for Cuba with his Los Cubanos Postizos and Muy Divertido. But until Frisell's The Intercontinentals the robust, haunting sound of Malian blues guitar was largely untouched by six-stringing jazzoids. The aptly named Frisell ensemble here includes Brazilian guitar and vocal great Vinicius Cantuaria (playing solid drums half the time), Mali's premier percussionist Sidiki Camara, Greek oud and bouzouki virtuoso Christos Govetas, pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz, and violinist Jenny Scheinman. Rather than cover all the band's continents, though, the focal point is largely singular:"Boubacar" (in honor of Malian guitar pioneer Boubacar Traore) opens the set and has its vibe continued with a cover of his "Baba Drame," and everywhere the notes are hit and moods invoked as if Ali Farka Toure were looking on from Timbuktu. This is, though, still Frisell. An American earthiness crops up in Leisz's steel, as does the Mediterranean in Govetas's oud. And Frisell's sampled loops create an atmospheric cloudiness grounded by Camara's calabash and djembe and Cantuaria's drumming. In the constant sonic middle ground are the trifecta of oud, violin, and bass, merging the melody and rhythm brilliantly. Rootsy and undeniable, The Intercontinentals is yet another Frisellian work of genius. --Andrew Bartlett ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of Bill's very best.
I saw a version of this band at the Earshot Jazz Festival here in Seattle a couple of years back. A wonderful evening of music. The group grew out of a collaboration between Frisell and Boubocar Traore (sadly the two occasions they were to play together were postponed; first by the post 9-11 environment and secondly fallout surrounding the Iraq war).

Anyway the CD adds Jenny Scheinman (violin) and Greg Liesz (pedal steel guitar to the mix and the result is a rich and incredibly satisfying blend of African, American, Macedonian, Brazilian etc. etc. influences creating a whole much much greater than the sum of its parts.

Astonishingly beautiful music. Otherwordly and exotic. Without a conventional rhythm section the music sustains a pulse which gives a sense of floating, a string ensemble essentially, the group sound is nearly transparent yet still with a momentum which engages and delights.

'We Are Everywhere' is a tremendous piece and 'Listen' is one of the most beautiful melodies Frisell has ever composed.

Gorgeous.

5-0 out of 5 stars World music it is
This has been my formal introduction into the world of Bill Frisell, so I can't quite make a comparison of this album to his past works. But one thing is for sure, he surrounded himself with some awesome musicians from all over the world (thus, the name Intercontinentals) to put together an album of classic proportions right out the gate. It brings to mind memories of the music of the artists that played alongside Peter Gabriel in his two most recent productions, coupled with a very Daniel Lanois guitar sound. The result, rather than a strict jazz production, an excellent world music album: highly recommended! Will definitely come "back" for more Frisell after having heard this.

5-0 out of 5 stars From one intercontinental to another....
Being both an intercontinental myself and a Bill Frisell lover, I was naturally pleased when this was released. But little did I know how absolutely magical it would be. Vinicious Cantuaria and Jenny Shineman make this album for me, they, like Frisell and everyone on this album, are the type of Artists the world needs more of. Intercontinental, unpredictable, modest, and beautiful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wake Up!
This album is, as my favorite cut is named, "Magic." Over sixty-five minutes of constant surprise: I get into the African groove and suddenly it's Greek; I sink into the Greek and a violin comes in and suddenly disappears; then there's an Appalachian twang, a Brazilian dance rhythm, and some sounds I didn't know existed till now, voices humming and wailing or incanting Portuguese or Senegalese, and everything blends, flows, and carries me somewhere I've never travelled. I sit down to listen to this with my earphones on and enter a new world. Absolutely mesmerizing. Haunting. Dreamlike. Beautiful beyond description. I'm going to move into this album and live in it till further notice.

4-0 out of 5 stars I'M JUST A P.C. WHITEGUY
Hey- I just recently learned that since I'm white I have no taste in music- I like Frisell, I like world music, I like Jazz & I like blues, but I guess I'm lacking culture. I can't afford to hop a plane & fly off to Spain or South America to experience different peoples- sure wish I could- Until I can swing it, I'll have to sit at home with my music and books... ... Read more


27. The Silver Collection: The Astrud Gilberto Album
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Astrud Gilberto found fame with her contributions to 1964's classic Getz/Gilberto album, which spawned an instant standard in the hit single "The Girl from Ipanema." From there, she went on to fill many LPs with her winningly hesitant, longing vocal style; this disc collects 25 tracks cut between 1965 and 1970 for Verve. Among them are early versions of a number of Brazilian standards by the likes of Antonio Carlos Jobim ("How Insensitive," "Once I Loved") and Luiz Bonfa ("The Gentle Rain," "Tristeza"). "Fly Me to the Moon" and the Bricusse-Newley "Who Can I Turn To" fit the mood perfectly. Throughout, Gilberto is aided by lush, thoughtful arrangements, including one by Gil Evans on "Berimbou." This entry in the Silver Collection series is anexcellent introduction to one of Brazilian pop's most emblematic voices. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Sunny introduction to a unique vocal style.
Astrud Gilberto's great claim to immortality is her contribution to the 'Getz/Gilberto' album that for one brief moment made bossa nova, that sad melodic jazz from scorching Brazil, the coolest music in the world. That album was in effect a mariage of four voices - the plangent, supple saxophone of Stan Getz; the song-writing and piano-playing melancholy of Antonio Carlos Jobim; the guitar-strumming and mysterious mumbling of Joao Gilberto; and his wife Astrud. Although, creatively, Astrud has often been under-rated, hers is the face and the distinctive sound of this album - her blank, flat singing, her unflappable cool in Portuguese and slight nervousness in English, were the necessary board on which the three men projected their individual eloquence. Some of her most famous Jobim interpretations are featured here, including the spry sadness of 'Once I Loved'; the lush despair of 'Agua De Beber'; and the bright reverie of 'O Morro (Nao Tom Vez). 'Insensatez' is her apotheosis, the emotion banished from her numb monotone revealed in the anguish of the music - listen for the scuttering flute on 'and now he's gone'.

This collection is instructive in showing how bossa nova quickly disintegrated from its fresh initial impulse into cynical elevator music. Compare the simple intricacy of Jobim's arrangements to the strings-saturated muzak of 'Non Stop To Brazil'. Nevertheless, the CD is full of goodies, oddities and surprises. Many of the songs bear traces of the contemporary European torch songs by the likes of Francoise Hardy and Michel Legrand - 'The Shadow Of Your Smile', 'All That's Left I To Say Goodbye', 'The Gentle Rain' and 'Who Can I Turn To? (When Nobody Loves Me)' are beautiful, aching examples. 'Fly Me To the Moon' is a moving bossa nova defamiliarising of a tired standard; 'Let Go (Canto de Ossanho)' seems to swap Brasil for Blackpool with its jaunty Hammond. There is, especially, one transcendent non-Jobim moment, the stark Luis Bonfa classic 'Manha De Carnaval', less than two munutes stretching out agonising desolation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Two of the Greatest Albums in Bossa Nova on one CD
Though the sound quality is a hair less than one might hope, this is the crown of any bossa nova collection. It includes the original "Astrud Gilberto Album", "Shadow of Your Smile" plus a few "bonus" cuts. After Getz/Gilberto where she achieved stardom (and was paid next to nothing) these were the first time Astrud was on her own but with the involvement of Jobim, Donato, Bonfa, et al. Her achingly sweet voice is a true wonder, and this is the cd that captures her at her greatest.

5-0 out of 5 stars Such a sweet voice...but what's up with those violins?
Gilberto have, in my opinion, the most beautiful voice in the world of jazz. Sometimes, its sweetness and naivity almost makes you cry. However, whoever produced this CD done a terrible job: The violins are way too loud, and sometimes overcome Gilberto herself! A good voice doesn't need anything but a piano, and maybe a background band, but not a violin. Even if you put it, put it in with taste. It's a great CD, but I'd remix it to lower and soften the violins, because Gilberto is more than enough and should be in the center.

3-0 out of 5 stars Early Astrud, and perhaps too samey for one sitting
Her first records are meticulously crafted and intimate, but Astrud livened up a little later on, once she shook off the reins of her jazz-giant husband. Here, she's tightly-controlled and just a little uncomfortable and shy. I prefer Astrud's output when she got more ballsy and had input with her song selections. Many of these songs were covered by a myriad of artists, including Claudine Longet(one might say Longet was the French version of Astrud Gilberto). I thoroughly enjoy Gilberto's shaky English and the spare, jingle-jangly production, but if you find these songs a little chilly, pick up one of her late-'60's CDs(like "With Stanley Turrentine")and you'll be surprised how warm and loose Gilberto eventually became in the studio. B-

5-0 out of 5 stars La Reina de Bossa Nova -- Queen of Bossa Nova
I LOVE ASTRUD'S VOCAL AND RHYTHMS. There is no one in comparison to Astrud's sensuous and slow-paced vocal. Awesome...simply put--this CD, as well as the others from the 60's, opens all invitations to Brazil and its charming and sensuous life on the beach and on the patio. This CD is so good that I own two copies of it. * * * ... Read more


28. Day in New York
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The second chapter of Morelenbaum2/Sakamoto, A Day In New York picks up where the trio’s moody and elegant 2002 debut, Casa, left off and broadens the vision. Rather than covering a broad spectrum of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s compositions while stressing lesser-known material, as it did on the debut, Morelenbaum2/Sakamoto does five more Jobim tunes and three songs from other composers as well as three new versions of songs that also appeared on Casa. The playing on this session (a studio date tacked to the end of a tour) is a little more upbeat than the moody debut. Nonetheless, the music is again absolutely stunning thanks to additional help from guitarist Luiz Brasil and percussionist Marcelo Costa. Highlights here include classics "Desafinado"and Joao Gilberto’s "Bim Bom" and "Insensitez," all of which couldn’t have been done better. Filled with yearning romance, sentimental playing, and the tasteful restraint of classic bossa nova, A Day In New York is a fine follow-up to an excellent debut. --Tad Hendrickson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite Bossa Nova album
I have more than 20 titles of Bossa Nova music, from Jobim's play to Ono Lisa. This title "Day in New York" is one of my favourite. I suggest all Bossa Nova lovers should have this one. The most impressive paly is "Chega de Saudade", the best version I've ever heard. The whole feeling is just right! Very wild and sexy singer and players.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great CD for Relaxing
I bought this CD about 2 days ago and I love it! I purchased this one a few months after thoroughly enjoy their first release "Casa." Unlike "Casa," this one is recorded live. Believe it or not, I'm enjoying their CD's more than the Antonio Jobim CD's I have in my collection!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Sophisticated Album
The Morelenbaums, part of Tom Jobim's musical "family" have done an excellent job once again of proving that his music, some of it now almost 50 years old, is indeed timeless. Jobim's elegant and intricate melodies, combined with Vinícius de Moraes' poetic lyrics keep this music a strong statement of the seductive music Brasil has offered to the world. The brilliant addition of Ryuichi Sakamoto makes this group shine. Reading the liner notes, it would appear that this album was almost an afterthought to the tour-ending of the remarkable previous album by this group, "Casa". What a treat then that the recording was even made! "A Day In New York" is very similiar to "Casa" with a live feel to it and includes, in addition to the Jobim/de Moraes songs, one of João Gilberto's early, fun compositions *Bim Bom* and a haunting song *Coração Vagabundo* (Vagabond Heart) by the superb singer, songwriter etc., etc., Caetano Veloso, as well as a truly gorgeous new song composed, it seems, by the Morelenbaums, Sakamoto and T. Onuki called *Tango*. This song as well as all the others, is superbly sung by the beautiful voice of Paula Morelenbaum. No wonder Jobim wanted her to sing his melodies. She has the gift of being able to sing the "saudade" that is so prevelant in his music, perfectly, and has a crystal clear, sensual voice on these songs. The cello of Jaques Morelenbaum is, as always, achingly beautiful and the piano sound of Sakamoto is eerily like that of Jobim himself. The inclusion of the great guitarist, Luiz Brasil and Marcelo Costa at percussion puts this album over the top. My favorite song on the album? The heart-rending *Chora Coração* by Jobim and de Moraes. Jaques Morelenbaum says in the notes that it is "saddest song that could ever be composed". I would have to agree. Beautiful. This would make a wonderful companion album to "Casa". Here's hoping the Morelenbaums will continue to shine the Jobim light for many more years to come. ... Read more


29. Amoroso/Brasil
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5-0 out of 5 stars Amoroso/Brasil combines 2 of Joao Gilberto's best albums.
Joao Gilberto is a genius singer and the originator of Brazilian bossa nova. His double release Amoroso/Brasil combines 2 of of the best albums of his later career in one CD. The Amoroso section ('77) displays the tranquil, fluid perfection of Gilberto's vocals. The string arrangements are somewhat heavy, but well-composed and appropriate. Joao sings with a fascinating combination of vocal control and sensuality, as on a torrid version of "Besame Mucho". The syncopated skip of his vocal lines on Jobim classics such as "Wave" is breathtaking. Great music for slow, steamy dancing. The Brasil section ('80) is my favorite, because of a more samba style, lighter arrangements, and delightful guest vocals by Caetano Veloso, G.Gil and Maria Bethania. For enjoying soft, relaxed Brazilian music, this double album is the one of the very best.

4-0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece PLUS a great album
As many reviewers have said, tracks 9-14 are worth the price of the album. These tracks are simply astonishing. I first heard three or four of them over the internet and on various mix CDs that my friends had. I was drawn to "Aquarela do Brasil" and "Disse Alguem" especially, and you could tell that it was the same session. I told myself I had to find such an album. (You see Mr. Record Company, many file sharers do go out and buy CDs!)

Wasn't I suprised to find the Brasil album (tracks 9-14) together with Amoroso (1-8). Maybe I'm a little more used to sappy strings than some other people, but they don't bother me so much. Heck, as long as I can hear Joao's voz e violao, I'm a happy man.

If the somewhat negative reviews of the first half of the CD are making some of you hesitant to purchase this wonderful music, I need only remind you that some people buy a disc for only one song. Well, here you're gonna find six wonderful ones for sure, and maybe a few more, depending on your taste in strings.

5-0 out of 5 stars Yes, Joao Gilberto Singing
I've heard that Mr. Gilberto, being very shy and a little strange, would not go into the studio for Amoroso, so they went to his house to record and he sang and played in his pajamas. Then Claus came along and added the quite wonderful arrangements afterwards. Perhaps that explains the slight out of synch feel.

But when all is said and done there is no other like Joao Gilberto. Joao liked Fred Astaire. Another one of a kind. If you have not heard Amoroso go get it! In 1977 Joao gave a one man show at the Roxy, Sunset Strip plugging Amoroso. Two sets, two days. After the first set the management was begging the audiance to stay free for the second. (Wouldn't that be nice today.) On all four sets Joao's first encore was S'Wonderful "that you should care for me." He sang O Pato for me. How he gets to the "heart of the matter." What more?

5-0 out of 5 stars "Brasil" is essential
This CD includes two of João Gilberto's albums: Amoroso (1977) on tracks 1-8, and the tiny Brasil (1981) from 9-14. I could assign this CD 5 stars simply in virtue of the second part; it is worth getting the whole CD just for those 6 tracks.

I agree with the opinion below that Claus Ogerman's orchestral arrangements really do a disservice to Amoroso. To my ear, having heard many other of Gilberto's recordings, Ogerman just doesn't "get it"; his arrangements sometimes seem to me to undermine Gilberto's way of developing the song. For me the most annoying example is comparing "Zingaro" in this album with the live version in Gilberto's live Montreux CD (there it's titled "Retrato em Branco e Preto"). In the live version, João's interpretation builds up a lot of tension in the verses; in the studio version, Ogerman's arrangements utterly destroy this tension. Really, the only song where I think the orchestral arrangements adds anything is "Tin Tin Por Tin Tin". I my João Gilberto stars scale, Amoroso gets three stars (which translates into about four stars in my lesser artists scale).

The second album included in the CD, Brasil, is a whole another story. This has got to be some of the gentlest and most delightful music ever recorded. On this album Gilberto is accompanied by fellow Brazilian stars Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Maria Bethania. This album is very fundamentally about the contrast between the voices; the most common arrangement is to have them take turns in singing the verses of the song one after the other, almost impossibly softly, each with their own subtly different phrasing. In the context of this incredibly quiet album, the phrasing differences stand out quite dramatically for those who listen for them. One really gets to hear these familiar people's voices in a new way by juxtaposing them. (I can imagine, however, that familiarity with the artists helps in appreciating this album.)

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites of all time.
A little about myself. I'm 22 years old, born/raised in Los Angeles, grew up listening to pop, techno, hip hop, etc... I actually enjoyed all that music. Then one day, I somehow stumbled upon one of João's songs. Something about the music drew me in. I had to keep listening... over and over... I subsequently purchased this album and I absolutely love it. The music is "beautiful".

João's voice is amazing, and the music is just oh so smoooooothing... I often listen to this music at night as I go to sleep. Unfortunately, most of my friends/associates don't appreciate João's music as much as I do. I guess it's not "cool" enough. I'm sure someday though, if they give it a second listen... they will fall in love as I have.

My favorite songs are the second half. The Brasil section. My favorite songs are Aquarela Do Brasil, Disse Alguem, Bahia Com H, No Tabuleiro Dabaiana, Milagre... Basically tracks 9-13. I also enjoy #3 (Tin Tin Por Tin Tin), and #5 (Wave). Get this CD... you will LOVE IT!!! ... Read more


30. Bossa Nova
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Being the son of a renowned jazz guitarist can be daunting, but Bucky Pizzarelli's son John, a guitarist since the age of six, has been building a formidable career of his own since fronting his first trio in the early 1990s. With Bossa Nova, Pizzarelli continues to pursue thoughtfully realized thematic projects. This set mixes exceptional versions of five songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim with luscious Brazilian adaptations of standards (including Gershwin's "Fascinating Rhythm") and a couple of Pizzarelli originals. The small ensemble interplay is warmly recorded, and the addition of chorus vocals and string or flute quartets on some of the material adds spice and variety. --David Greenberger ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Breezy Brazillian
I just came back from hearing Mr. Pizzarelli last night at the Ramshead tavern here in Annapolis and bought the cd after the show. WOW! It is an awesome cd. The Bossa Nova hasn't had it this good since Tom Jobim was around.(it translates nicley live BTW) The great Paolo Braga on drums and the addition of Daniel Jobim make this cd super special. A must have for fans of great music fantastically played!

5-0 out of 5 stars You Don't Have Enough Stars
John Pizzarelli never fails to surprise. This album is one of his finest (Although my all time favorite is "New Standards"), whenever I see him live, his personal mix of music and mirth leave me hoping for more. His shows are always over too soon.

I've enjoyed watching John grow for many years. The combination of Ray Kennedy (Piano), Martin Pizzarelli (Bass)and John on a CD or Live is really a musical treat.... never to be missed.

"Bossa Nova" is no exception. I will display it (and play it)proudly in my "Pizzarelli" collection. You should too.

Hurry up Mr. Pizzarelli... make another album! NOW!

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb CD ... a MUST BUY for all music fans
This is one of the most pleasant and pleasing records I have ever heard. John's warm vocals are pleasant and soothing. His voice is a charm. And he's a very handsome, well dressed man!
The rest of his ensemble on this record represents the best music has to offer today. From Ray Kennedy on piaino, to Daniel Jobim on back-up vocals, to John's brother Martin on Bass. Truely spectacular!!!!
Also dont miss Martin's record, TRIPLE PLAY!

5-0 out of 5 stars Gem of the season
This is truely a spectacular album. It is the gem of the Summer Season! I not only bought one for me, but I also bought extras for my sister in England and a two friends at the office. John's voice is satisfying, sincere and enjoyable. His guitar playing is cream of the crop. I alo recommed you ceck www.johnpizzarelli.com to see when John is playing in your area, so you can see him live.
DONT MISS THIS ALBUM!

3-0 out of 5 stars Pleasant
In the liner notes the artist gives a heartfelt tribute to "Amoroso," the Gilberto-Claus Ogerman album that inspired this present effort. Pizzarelli's offering is certainly in the same tasteful, subtle and sensitive vein, though it contributes nothing new to the genre and style. Pizzarelli's voice, if anything, is smaller and slightly pinched compared to either Gilberto's or Jobim's. Moreover, notwithstanding a couple of tracks on which the performer's scatting doubles his facile single-note lines on guitar, there's none of the playfulness of an Astrud Gilberto or the humor of an Elis Regina. Nor do I sense any of the urgency Susannah McCorkle was able to bring to the form or the gravitas, indeed pathos, Sinatra injected in the music during his remarkable meetings with Jobim. On the whole, this latter-day bossa nova program strikes me as a pleasant but largely generic, innocuous and unnecessary offering. At the same time it's a beacon of smart, good taste and highly-skilled musicianship in comparison to most other current pop releases. For fans of Pizzarelli or for listeners with limited bossa nova collections, this recording merits a close look. ... Read more


31. Live at the Rainbow Room
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5-0 out of 5 stars awesome jazz singer
Jane Monheit is the best singer in the world today.

this cd is soooo very goooood!

5-0 out of 5 stars The best female jazz/pop vocalist in the world today!
One else can I say. Jane has the most beautiful jazz/pop voice today. We're blessed with a number of fine female singers today. Jane is at the top of the list.

3-0 out of 5 stars Talentosa, pero insuficiente
Jane Monheit es indiscutiblemente, una joven y talentosa cantante. Tengo sus anteriores cds y al escuchar este "EN VIVO" me parece que no logro obtener lo acogedor de sus anteriores trabajos, pese a que su calidad interpretativa esta al mas alto nivel (por algo ha colaborado con musicos como Blanchard y O'Connor, por citar algunos)
No obstante lo anterior, el aporte de esta grabacion es reunir en un solo cd, los "standard" mas destacados de sus anteriores trabajos.
Recomendable para quienes empiezan a escuchar a Jane Monheit, para el resto, me inclino por sus trabajos anteriores.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant!
Jane Monheit is without question a gigantic talent. Her voice is magical. Jazz fans who treasure Diana Krall's Live in Paris DVD can consider Jane Monheit: Live at the Rainbow Room the second half of a luscious double bill. Like Krall, Monheit is a singer whose ease with jazz standards belies her years (a mere 24, in Monheit's case), and both women are backed by a combo and an orchestra conducted by Alan Broadbent. Monheit doesn't play the piano like Krall, but her voice is a brighter, more supple instrument. Filmed in September 2002 shortly after the release of her In the Sun album, Monheit's visit to Manhattan's legendary cabaret venue mixes classic ballads ("It Never Entered My Mind," "Some Other Time") with Brazilian pop (Ivan Lins, Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Waters of March") and contemporary tunes. It's no surprise that a young voice like this can embody the hopes and dreams of "Over the Rainbow," but who ever knew Vincent Youmans's "Tea for Two" could sound so sexy?

1-0 out of 5 stars A LOOKER WITH A PRETTY VOICE BUT NO EMOTION
From 1967 when I first experienced Carmen McRae in Concert at Shelley's Manhole while still in my teens, I have enjoyed female Jazz Singers of a wide variety and I am always on the lookout for a new discovery! So when I heard about Miss Monheit I was expecting a new and exciting experience. Past studio works of Jane Monheit have been flat emotionally so I was hopeful that "IN CONCERT" more excitement would come from being in front of an audience but sadly this was not to be. Ploding arrangements did not help but maybe that lack of passion in the vocals didn't inspire the arranger or the musicians. The voice is pretty but boring and "Dindi" by Carmen Lundy, Morgana King, or Frank Sinatra is a great listening experience but tired here. One can sample "Dindi" on Carmen Lundy's "Good Morning Kiss", Morgana King's "Complete Reprise Recordings", and Frank Sinatra's "Jobim Collection" for comparison. "Over The Rainbow" felt like it was fifteen minutes long and modulation was way off and words were awkwardly twisted around giving no enhancement to the song. Maybe some more life experience will wake up some passion in this singer but until that happens I will pass and wait for this Diva in training to get her act together and show some involvement with the meaning of a song! In all fairness I have been so exposed to seeing pretty much all the great legends of the past in concert over the past thirty-five or so years, so I may be a little too harsh on a newcomer but this lady does possess a beautifully toned voice and a fine presence but needs to work on vocal modulation and emotional involvement with the material she selects! I will be watching. ... Read more


32. Eliane Sings Jobim
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5-0 out of 5 stars Superb interpretations of Jobim's music
I a great fan of Jobim's compositions. I have scores of CDs featuring his music, covering a wide range of styles and arrangements. This CD is one of my all-time favorites! The selection of songs includes widely-known classics like Desafinado and lesser-known works like Song of the Jet. These are among Jobim's best compositions in my opinion. Elias' arrangments are fresh, inventive, lightly jazzy, and never overbearing. The orchestration has a small combo feel to it -- there are no long-winded jazz solos or srypy string to be found here. Elias' piano playing controlled and imaginative, but it never gets in the way of the compositions themselves. Elias is not the world's best vocalist, but what she does works well on this CD. She has an on-key, soothing, vibrato-less voice that reminds me a little of Astrud G. I really love this CD. If you want a sophisticated, listenable, and modern interpretation of some of Jobim's classics - this is it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Brazilian Jazz since the classic Getz/Gilberto album
If you've ever been in love with the classic Getz/Gilberto album, this album will make you very happy. This is one of the best new jazz albums I've bought in a long time and in some ways even better than Getz/Gilberto. Elias is one of the worlds greatest jazz pianists and she has a great group of musicians with her on this album, including michael brecker and brazilian guitarest Oscar Neves. Combine great jazz musicians with the bossa nova melodies of Jobim sung in their native portugese brazilian, and the effect is pure magic. Sensuous, seductive and joyous music that even non jazz fans will love (i know, my wife loves this album and she doesn't like jazz), you can't go wrong with this one!

5-0 out of 5 stars Elegant, Classy, A great Album
Eliane Elias put together a terrific band, including Michael Brecker, Oscar Castro-Neves (producer as well) and Marc Johnson to make this outstanding recording.

It's an elegant, classy, swinging album of Johim favorites that just doesn't have any weaknesses. Elias' singing and piano playing are especially beautiful on the ballads, but she and her band also really swing and groove on the uptempo tunes.

If you're a fan of the Brasilian genre you must own this side. If you want a great album to help set a romantic mood, this is one to have. Or, if you're a jazz fan, interested in all idioms of the music, it's a contemporary essential.

4-0 out of 5 stars Really Great CD!!!!!!!!
First off I wanna say that I love Eliane Elias for her singing, her LOOKS, her voice, and her piano playing. She is a great talent and this Cd really shows it off. When I First saw this cd i was in a mall and i was looking for the great jobim song "LOOKS LIKE DECEMBER" and this and another disc by Jobim came up so it showed you could hear some samples so I clicked the track and i said i have to have this CD cause this chick is great! when I orderd the CD it came to pretty quickly and when i opend the box and listen to hole CD I was in love with every thing about her...

5-0 out of 5 stars Already Well Reviewed; Excellent and Classy, little to add!!
Very little to be added...! I must accept that almost everything (I was going to say) about this CD, has already been said by almost all of the customer reviewers. This album IS a very good interpretation of some of Jobim's best. I find the comments by customer reviewer Clifford T. Dibble "...never overbearing, small combo feel", etc. perfectly reflecting my own discoveries. I'm also in complete agreement with S. Kelvin Yew from Singapore in-depth analysis, specially the comparisons with Elis Regina and a young Astrud Gilberto. Reviews by Gillian from Canada, "bossa lover" and "london rio newyork" are truly meaningful: please read them all-I can't agree more with all of their notes-. The sense of intimacy and warmth is well conveyed. The group backing is outstanding, and her playing never interferes with the original intentions of Jobim's minimalistic approach. Specially welcome is the use of string bass, against the ubiquitous "Fender-type" of electrical instrument that frequently spoils the true Bossa Nova sound. Brazilian drummer Paulo Braga also fits much more naturally than previous DeJohnette playing in 1990 release "Eliane plays Jobim" CD, at least much more naturally. Also appreciated is the precisely recorded sound of Eliane's perfectly tuned Steinway piano, less energetic than Tania Maria's but never overwhelming and perfectly blended with the sound of the rest of the group. Slightly dissapointing is the recorded sound of Oscar Castro-Neve's guitar, since his presence seems just a little laid back, lacking some luster and detail that this excellent guitarrist deserves. Breker's Sax sound appears just a little bit hollow, lacking the body and sensuousness that the late Stan Getz used to project, but classy enought to accompany Eliane's playing. Very few times so many customer reviews describe so well an album, therefore I cannot disagree more with the customer reviewer that rated this CD with only two stars; I guess he is just missing the point: it is Elia's voice lack of technical ability or range what allows her sheer, almost whispering beauty, really transmit the very essence of Bossa Nova, like Gilberto and Jobim (also subdued) voices firstly expressed it during the early 60's. Overall, very enjoyable and smooth, while being fresh and evolving at the same time, Elia's playing and arrangements introduce slightly different and new textures to the well known but not always well executed Jobim's masterpieces. Definitely recommended. ... Read more


33. Letter from Home
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34. Brazilian Classics
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35. Uma Batida Diferente
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For their third album, the merry pranksters of Bossacucanova are up to their old tricks but the magic is stronger than ever. Brazilian bossa nova was born in the 1960s and soon took the world by storm. Like all great make-out music, it was so laid-back it was virtually prone. But this was a multi-layered phenomenon, an intellectual yet lushly melodic sound constructed over a swaying, subtly irresistible rhythmic undertow. DJ Marcelinho DaLua, bassist Márcio Menescal and keyboardist Alexandre Moreira have been deftly updating the groove's whispery charms, granting it a modern context via audacious, creatively applied beats and electronica. If anything, they've taken the metamorphosis a bit further this time. However, their touch remains reverent, humorous, inventive and miles removed from overkill. Just how this youthful trio has managed to emphasize the style's muted jazz inflections while kicking out the jams is a delightful conundrum and invites repeated listening. --Christina Roden ... Read more


36. The Brasil Project
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5-0 out of 5 stars Toots Thielemans Explores Brazilian Jazz!!!
Toots Thielemans has been the leading harmonica player in Jazz music for over 50 years. With this CD, he explores Brazilian Jazz and makes it sound like it was created just for him. On this recording he has gathered some outstanding Brazilian Jazz musicians and let them do their thing while he adds his always splendid harmonica playing to the project. With the exception of his signature piece "Bluesette", all of the songs are Brazilian Jazz pieces and they are arranged beautifully.

If you are a fan of Brazilian Jazz I think that this recording will surprise and delight you. If you're a Toots fan, you won't be surprised, just delighted.

4-0 out of 5 stars Brazilian Jazz with Harmonica * * * *
This is a fantastic album putting together some of the best Brazilian composers since Tom Jobim with the Great Toots on Harmonica, the only great composer he missed from Brazil? Joáo Donato and that is unforgivable. Other than that, it is a Must-Have Collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best rendition of ..
Bluesette, no other rendition can beat this version - in my opinion. Many other tracks were very very good. One track impressed me very much sounded like a paloma blanca soaring over a white mission tower in a hot summer day, made me think of leisure, freedom,tranquility, and joy.

Never thought that harmonic can make wonderful music like this album did.

5-0 out of 5 stars A truly outstanding collection of gems of rare beauty
Both albums, The Brasil Project, I and II, should be a part of the collection of anyone who truly values outstanding quality in every way: musical themes,interpretation and performance, great recording sound and mixing.Thielemann et al are true to their great names and reputations. The list of the best would be all and too long.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful album
I love this album! I went to the concert several years ago, and the album remains one of my favorites. Toots plays the harmonica as competently as ever, and the Brasilian musicians who join him on this album are all accomplished in their field. The songs are melodic and mellow, with the signature Brasilian beat and beautiful Portuguese lyrics. ... Read more


37. Red Hot + Rio: Pure Listening Pleasure
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This immaculately conceived and packaged fundraiser for the AIDS awareness foundation is a sharp tribute to Brazilian pop. David Byrne, Milton Nascimento, PM Dawn, Stereolab, Gilberto Gil, and Crystal Waters (vamping through "The Boy from Ipanema") are among those weighing in with sophisticated tunes that will cross from cocktail hipsters to the leading edge of the mass audience. --Jeff Bateman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Better the 2nd time around
I'm a big Brazilian music fan but I generally prefer the classic brazilian sounds with a new twist of electronic or funk fusion. This CD does that for me. The first time I listened, I was disappointed but since then it has grown on me with the exception of the PM Dawn, Sting, Maxwell and the George Michael tracks, mainly because that's not my style. Brazilian music purists will probably not enjoy this CD but if you like the brazilain twist sprinkled on your other musical genres, you'll probably enjoy this. Just look at the list of contributing artists: Everything But The Girl, Cesaria Evora and Caetano Veloso with Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne & Marisa Monte, Gilberto Gil, Money Mark, Crystal Waters, Mad Professor, Chico Science & Nacao Zumbi with DJ Soul Slinger, Stereolab and Herbie Mann, Milton Nascimento, Bebel Gilberto... This "Brazilian music" is different, but cool.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Terrific CD
I loved this CD. The first song I heard from this CD was the Chrystal Waters version of "the Girl from Ipanema". From there, I looked all over for the song but could not find it. Finally I did on an English Dance compilation, which led me to this CD, Red Hot + Rio. From there, I fell in love with the first song, which is a little bossa nova, the last song, and everything inbetween.

This disc, made in 1996 I believe, in some ways I think can be credited for some of the new sounds coming from Brazil, like Brazil 2 Mil and BossaCucaNova and etc. Although the songs are revisited and remade classics, the popular musicians of that time internationally and in Brazil all contributed. Caetano Veloso, Marisa Monte, David Byrne along with Stereolab (they made a brilliant remake of 1 Note Samba with Herbie Mann), George Michael, Maxwell, Money Mark (beastie Boys) and Gilberto Gil - and what some people will love is that Bebel Gilberto is even on the final track titled Eu Preciso Dizer Que te Amor (I must say that I love you) that was recorded with Cazuza, who passed away due to AIDS, I believe. That is by far my favorite track on the CD.

A terrific disk. You will not be disappointed - and FYI - it has two companion pieces - Nova Bossa, which has the original versions of most of the songs as performed by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto and Stan Getz (Album cover and disc is almost identical to this one) Ondha Sonora - Red Hot and Lisbon - tributing to the Sound of the Portugal, Angola and Brazil - major Portuguese speaking nations and their music.

4-0 out of 5 stars Listening Pleasure-RED HOT+RIO
I enjoyed 1.Used Your Head by Money Mark, 2.Corcovado done by Everything but the Girl, the funkie beats were great, 3.Desafinado done by Astrud Gilberto & George Michael was soothing and relaxing, 4.Non-Fiction Burning was enjoyable 5.Crystal Waters' version of The Boy from Ipenema, LOVED IT!! the music makes your body want to move, it will be favorite, 7.Seguranca (Security) done by MAXWELL with that sultry soft voice of his & the music, this is a favorite, 8.E Preciso Perdoar done by Cesaria Evora & Caetano Veloso w/Ryuichi Sakamoto on the keyboard, Damn I love Cesaria's voice, she got off, this is definetly a favorite, 10.Water to Drink by Incognito w/Omar & Anna Caram was nice, 11.Dancing by Milton Nascimento was enjoyable, 12.How Insensitive done by Antonio Carlos Jobim & Sting, I didn't care for Sting singing this song, I do enjoy Sting's music but not this, he wasn't the man for it. 13.Water of March done by David Byrne & Marisa Monte was okay, but I enjoy Al Jarreau & Oleta Adams rendition on "A Twist of Jobim" better, 15.One Note Samba/Surfboard by Stereolab & Herbie Mann, I didn't care for that techno or computer sounding stuff, it sounded like the music on The Wiz when they were trying to get away from the trash cans, it will get a skip, 17.Black Orpheus Dub by Mad Professor, it had sort of a Rasta, funk, techno flair which was okay, 18.Chico Science & X DJ Soul Slinger, I couldn't get into that either, that will get a skip too, 19.Funk'N Lata's Sambadrome, was short & funky, 20.Giberto Gil's Refazenda, his voice went well with the song, 21.Preciso Dizer Que Te Amo done by Cazuza & Bebel Gilberto was nice, but the sound was off, it sounded like they were singing in a tube. I manly purchased this CD because it had my 2 favorite singers Maxwell and Cesaria Evora & I enjoyed both of their songs immensely. I am totally satisfied with this purchase and it will be one of my favorite CDs which I listen to often.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Jobim Fans
If you like Bossa Nova, particularly Antonio Carlos Jobim, you will love this CD. It has covers by many current artists of his songs, as well as some other Brazilian music. I like how the liner has the lyrics in English, but almost all the songs are in Portuguese. The David Byrne Waters of March in an exception, where he sings in English, and a woman is singing in Portuguese, but it works out very well.

An excellent addition. I have most of the songs on the album on at least two other CDs, but the artists have played with the songs enough to complement the originals.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brazilian Music Just Rules
I honestly bought this cd for one song, É Precisco Perdoar by Cesaria Evora, Caetano Veloso and Ryuichi Sakamoto. I became addicted to that song once I heard it and had to have it. I'm a huge Cesaria Evora fan anyway. (Try her too, anything she sings is god send.) Familiar with this series (Red, Hot and ...) I knew it would be a good cd, but all I cared about was the one song.

I got my song and oh I got more! Everything But the Girl singing Corcovado was a lovely tribute, plaintive and all. They did justice to Jobim and then some. PM Dawn's cover of Non Fiction Burning has rekindled my appreciation of PM Dawn as well as renewed my love of Brazilian pop.

The cd is great. Some are odes to Brazilian pop and others are renditions in the artists style. Familiarity with the songs definitely makes it a treat to hear them in new styles, but the few that I wasn't familiar with certainly opened my eyes to new sounds.

Now, I certainly recommend the cd for É Precisco Perdoar alone, but the rest of the cd is certainly worth it either way. Once you get a taste of this, you'll want more Brazilian Music. You almost can't go wrong with Brazilian jazz at all, you need only be slightly more judicious for Brazilian pop. It all has a laid back groove that will calm you as soon as exhilirate you. ... Read more


38. Joao Gilberto
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1998 Release from Brazilian Pop Songwriter Whom Incorporates the Rich Sounds of Swing Jazz to his Music. Gilberto Has Worked with Saxophonist Stan Getz and Virtually Every Big Name in Brazilian Pop Including Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Maria Bethania, Gal Costa, and Chico Buarque. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Killer
Sometimes referred to as The White Album (one of the few modern artists whose greatness can withstand comparison to that of the Beatles), this album was recorded sometime around 1970. Only Joao and a drummer are present, though then-girlfriend Miucha appears on one song. Somehow this album stands apart from all his others--maybe because it is so sparse, yet many of the numbers are up-tempo. He runs through "Eu Vim da Bahia" five times and makes it definitive. He brings a new and unexpected phrasing to "Aguas de Marco." He is at his most playful on "Eu Quero um Samba". And three tunes virtually do away with words altogether--"Undiu" finds him hypnotically chanting the title word, "Valsa" finds him humming a lullaby to his daughter, and an astonishing instrumental version of "Na Baixa do Sapateiro" finds him at his most dexterous on the guitar. It's a near-perfect album.

5-0 out of 5 stars OBRIGADINHO JOAO
Simply put, the most "progressive" recording available from "O MESTRE DA BOSSA NOVA",this cd is a MUST for all bossa enthusiasts.-- SPECIFICALLY for musicians who wish to study & learn "O JEITINHO BOSSA NOVA",the trick to playing guitar in the style revolutionized by Sr. Gilberto! This recording is very spare (guitar, bass & percussions) The listener is captivated not by lush orchestrations nor distracted by overproduction--the interplay of Joao's guitar in counterpoint to the quirky vocal delivery is amazing to hear ! This is especially evident on this rendition of "AGUAS DO MARCO",the Jobim standard. Caetano's "Avarandando" is a whisper in the wind--"que maravilha! " dont miss this one, it can go back out of print at any time! 1

5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
What can I say, this album is breathtaking. Totally worth the money. With jsut Joao and his guitar, each song is pensive and intimate. Especially hearing him sing a solo version of Aguas de Marco was the best.

5-0 out of 5 stars PEACE is a beautiful feeling - and Joao is there.
I agree with the reviewer who stated that this music can not be referred to in the traditional 'bossa/samba' mode; although, both are present in Joao's playing here. "Eu Quero Um Samba" is, in my opinion, one of the finest examples of Joao playing his 'voz' straight off of the 'violao' and obtaining a groove that goes beyond voice, guitar, and lyric. It is that "spot" to which Jobim alluded that is reached then. "Aguas de Marco" is Joao's own masterful version of Jobim's masterpiece. Miles Davis once said that Joao would sound good reading the newspaper. This is a compliment to one of the great romantic vocalists of our time from arguably the same on trumpet. Interestingly, for a comparison of some of these same tunes, many of the same songs are on the "Best of Both Worlds" recording with Stan Getz, which was released in 1976, and features Chico Buarque's sister - Heloisa - on English vocals. I have to admit to liking "Izaura" much better on the CD I am now reviewing: Joao changes the harmony on the bridge here and the effect is electric. On the "Both Worlds" recording, Getz was either improperly recorded or having a tough time, since "the Sound" just is not there. That said, he does grab a hold of some great licks - especially on "Falsa Bahiana". No, I will not review that here, but it makes me wonder if perhaps Joao was not quite satisfied with the 1976 effort...seeing that many of the tunes are re-done, and done better, frankly, on this recording.

5-0 out of 5 stars PEOPLE OF THE WORLD, UNITE AND LISTEN TO JOÃO!!
One single remark: THIS IS NOT BOSSA NOVA! It's plainly JOÃO GILBERTO - you foreigners may not understand it, but the man himself has ALWAYS considered himself a SAMBA player, which means he plays brazilian music, or 'only' music - song n.2 (Undiu) is actually a 'baião', which (theorycally) has nothing to do with samba, like others on this album, but then a baião through zen-budism - João GIlberto...

SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF J.G.: PLEASE PAY ATTENTION...and enjoy yourselves: this is not B.N., nor Samba - THIS IS PEACE!

P.S. read J.G.'s notes on GETZ/GILBERTO and you'll know what I'm (actually he is) talking about. ... Read more


39. Only Trust Your Heart
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5-0 out of 5 stars Toots at his best
This is a really fine album with beatiful playing throughout. In the opinion of the authors of the Penguin Guide to Jazz it is arguably his best album.

I haven't heard all his albums, but I have this one and Man Bites Harmonica and I can vouch that both of them stand up to repeated listening. ... Read more


40. Joao Voz E Violao
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If Antonio Carlos Jobim is the compositional force behind the bossa nova, and jazz tenor saxophonist Stan Getz is its most eloquent American interpreter, then Joao Gilberto is its angelic voice. Since 1958, Gilberto's haunted and lyrical Brazilian-born Afro-Indian Portuguese has seduced generations with its sophistication and seductiveness. This CD, produced by Caetano Veloso, is Gilberto's first studio recording in nearly 10 years and it's well worth the wait. With just his voice and his guitar, Gilberto fills the heart and head with enough musical force to equal a symphony orchestra. Of course, the classic bossa nova titles "Desafinado," "Voce vai Ver," and "Chega de Saudade" retain their pathos and power. Gilberto christens Veloso's "Desde que Samba e Samba" and "Coracao Vagabundo;" Ernesto Lecuona's "Eclipse" and Gilberto Gil's "Eu Vim da Bahia" with the same soulful sounds that made him a legend for 40 years. --Eugene Holley Jr. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The Godfather of Bossa Nova
Antonio Carlos Jobim is probably the most recognizable bossa nova figure, but without João Gilberto, there would be no bossa nova (as had been said by the late Jobim himself). Gilberto was the one who originated the guitar rhythm, and used the laid-back vocals. This new CD is just what the title says--voice and guitar. I have heard complaints about the CD: it barely totals 30 minutes, there are only 4 songs that he hasn't recorded before, and his voice and presentation are a little too laid-back, almost weak. But if you're a big bossa nova fan, I can't see any reason not to add this to your collection--João is still the voice of bossa nova music. It's also great to hear him singing the Caetano Veloso songs on this CD.

4-0 out of 5 stars Still Going Strong
I haven't heard anything new in a long time from Joao Gilberto and so am delighted that he has released this selection of Bossa Nova standards featuring just his voice and guitar. Thirty-five years have passed since the heyday of the genre and Gilberto's voice is just as it ever was. I had to laugh when I read one review that said it sounded cool in Portuguese but lyrically banal when translated into English. Well, this is Brazilian pop, and most pop music in any language tends not to be deep. But compare this pop with its contemporary American counterpart and I'll take the Brazilian every time. Joao is smooth, relaxed, and soothing here and thus is the perfect thing to listen to while sitting on your patio with your morning coffee watching the sun come up. My favorite cuts are Voce Vai Ver, Chega de Saudade, and the all-time classic Desafinado. If you are a Bossa Nova fan, this album deserves a place in your collection. The CD may be short, but it sure is sweet.

5-0 out of 5 stars The essentials
I've taken a discovery dive into the wonderworld of Brazilian music, which was mostly unbeknowst to me, even being Brazilian myself. From all the different genres and musical movements I've researched, bossa nova is by far the most inspired. It was the most creative ever made in this country and I think nothing better will ever be done. To listen to any given bossa nova song is to look at a snapshot of the Brazilian soul. And this was the first bossa nova record I bought. I'm looking forward to buying Gilberto's earlier, orchestrated work, part of which I've listened to on the internet, but for me, this is really what his music is all about: voice, guitar, and silence. Any bossa nova fan should buy this. By the way, I strongly disagree with those who call bossa nova "chill out" music. The interpretation of "Coração Vagabundo" in this album is one of the most angsty, sad songs I've ever heard, and "Chega de Saudade" is a wonderful bittersweet tale and I love João Gilberto's rendition of it, especially the guitar rythm.

3-0 out of 5 stars Zen Baiano's voice will never be the same again...
Joao has remained the same romantic crooner that he was 40 years ago, but his voice is not the same... it's natural it won't ever be the same, our beloved Zen Baiano is getting on... The arrangements somewhat lack expression, they produce and impression of drowsiness. However I have to admit such arrangement is quite good in Eclipse (perhaps the best song of the disk, it's gently swinging like the reflection of the moon on the water). I also enjoyed Da Cor do Pecado, a lovely, sensual tune... But the overall impression is that his best times are gone.

4-0 out of 5 stars Joao rocks!
But seriously, this is a really nice record. It's only thirty minutes long, but it's just about the right length. I hope that when I'm in my late 60s my meager abilities are half as in tact as Gilberto's considerable ones have remained, fully; his voice and guitar playing are strong, persuasive, and soothing. One of my family members remarked that this is good sleeping music, and, yeah, I guess so, but I get pretty inspired by the stuff. For me it's an eye-opener, something to get exciting about. But maybe I'm just easily excitable. Give yourself a gift and try out Joao Gilberto (and Jobim and Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil and Milton Nascimento . . .). ... Read more


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