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41. Duets with Spanish Guitar
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5-0 out of 5 stars An all-time romantic classic
I first heard this as an LP in a coffee shop in Monterey, CA, just before proposing to my wife. I gave it to her as a wedding present and we wore it out playing it so much. Now I have finally found it on CD. It is (and always has been) composed of double duets, guitar and soprano and guitar and flute. It is hauntingly beautiful and extraordinarily performed. You will find its themes running through your mind for days after hearing it. This is an all time classic to give to your best lovers and friends.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Prize Winner!
At the first Grammy Awards in 1959, Salli Terri was nominated for Best Classical Performance, Vocal Soloist, along with Callas, Tebaldi, and Ferrell (Tebaldi won). The album did win the Grammy for Best Engineered Classical Record, a honor richly deserved as evidenced by the glorious sound of this CD.

I think a review in the May, 1958 issue of Hi-Fi & Music Review says it best: "...a prize winner in my collection. Laurindo Almeida's guitar playing captures the keen poignancy and rhythmic elan of Brazilian music with superb assurance and taste. He is joined by an excellent flutist, Martin Ruderman...and a mezzo-soprano whose velvet voice and astonishing flexibility has hardly an equal at present...Salli Terri. She sings Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras No.5 with a sinuousness and ecstasy which make this the finest modern version."

It is no wonder that Villa-Lobos himself called this the best recorded version of his composition...and 45 years after its original release, it stands the test of time. A prize winner, indeed!

1-0 out of 5 stars What you see is not what you get
The title is Duets (that means two to me) with Spanish Guitar. I thought that meant two guitars--safe assumption. It turned out to be a guitar and flute. O.k., no problem. What I didn't expect was to have a soprano solo on the CD as well. I am totally displeased that the write-up didn't mention this because I certainly would not have ordered it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Childhood memories
My father owned a copy of 'Duets' which I nabbed from him when he wasn't looking. However, the chance to own it on CD without the hiss!! overwhelmed one, so I bought it and, whilst I was at it, got the old man a copy as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars MASTERPIECE
First heard "duets" in November 1965 at my friend Lisa's dinner
party in Washington, D.C. i remember being taken to a place i had
never been before. while listening to this haunting music we were
looking at pictures in a book called "The Family of Man". I have
never tired of listening to this music. The guitar artistry of
Laurindo Almeida is breathtaking. Salli Terri's crystal clear vocals and Martin Ruderman's fluid flute playing are enchantment
personified. "Duets with the Spanish Guitar" is a bona fide masterpiece!! ... Read more


42. Cocktail Mix, Vol. 2
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5-0 out of 5 stars Love It Love It Love It
I am new to Lounge but knew I loved Austin Powers-type music so I took a chance on this one and this is my favorite CD. I need two copies, one for my car and one for the house! Many of the artists weren't familiar to me but it was love at first listen with Ann-Margret's 13 Men (first track), then an elevator-muzak style Girl from Ipanema and the classics Soul Bossa Nova and Mais Que Nada (you'll know it when you hear it). House of Bamboo is so much fun as is Hot Barbeque and a different version of Dave Brubeck's Take Five. It's all great - run, don't walk, to get out your martini glasses. Oh, and last but not least, the inside jacket is jam-packed with career bios of each artist. This is a must-have.

5-0 out of 5 stars We play this every Thursday during our Martini Thursdays
This CD has it all. It is great. All you have to do is make some martinis, put this CD on. As soon as Ann Margaret starts with "13 Men" it sets the scene.

5-0 out of 5 stars This it the optimum CD to sip martinis to
Of all the collections of vintage tunes, this is my favourite. Is it because it begins with Miss Ann-Margaret singing about her "Thirteen men"? Maybe. But every song just intensifies the grooviness of this album. Hearing Soul Sauce is bound to make you into a much cooler and hipper individual. "Comin' home baby" is just a gem with that crazy cool Mel singing / talking stern to his baby. It just gets better and better. "I'm not talking" is a jazzy swinger that ends the album nicely. Perfect for semi-formal parties where you want to add a touch of class and show your unique style.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great bossa nova tunes
This is a selection of tunes any jazz lover or party goer will be able to groove with. With classic tracks like Baby Elephant Walk, this album offers lots easy fun. If you liked the theme song to Austin Powers your in luck, Soul Bossa Nova (the tracks actual name) is just one of the many jivin' boppers you'll find here. A great buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hot Jumpin' Daddys!
This CD is the best! I played it at work and was shocked to see my colleagues starting to swing to these snazzy tunes! This CD would be a great addition to any party. Swing Daddyos Swing! ... Read more


43. Compact Jazz: Astrud Gilberto
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5-0 out of 5 stars CELESTIAL VOICE
Her phrasing, her swing, her angel-soft voice, in portuguese; The hues of her tone of voice paint the most wonderful colors in the canvas of music and beyond. Only Elis Regina and perhaps one or two more Brazilian singers have gotten up there where she is and where she takes us everytime she sings. If you like bossa nova, jazz, or brazilian music in general, this is a must have and your just one click away.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing...
Astrud's voice elevates me above anything and everything that's bothering me. The simplicity and innocence of this music takes me into a dream world. I can't stop listening to tracks like "Girl...", "Agua de Beber", "Summer Samba", "Dindi"... all of them! Every track on this album is amazing!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Happy and Luxurious Voice of Brazil, the voice of Astrud
This compilation represents the ticket to perhaps the wealthiest voice of Bossa Nova...listen to Astrud and your senses and vision will never be clearer. I have been struck with the tender and crisp happiness of Astrud's voice for over thirty years now...and there is never a week that goes by without my 'fix' of Astrud's happy and mature voice!. This particular set , although quickly remastered, is enough to lure the one-time listener into the seductive and glamorous world that is Astrud Gilberto! Verve Records, Creed Taylor and others obviously knew that Astrud's voice honored the timeless and priceless songs of Bossa Nova...and this CD provides it all to the fortunate listener!

5-0 out of 5 stars From A Miscue On Vocals Lead To An Easy-Listening Beauty
Astrud Gilberto was not supposed to sing. But when Stan Getz wanted some English vocals on his 1963 number The Girl From Ipanema, he asked Joao Gilberto's translator and then-wife Astrud to contribute. Despite objections, Getz stuck to his guns and Astrud laid down vocals with shy charm. They made the resulting song a classic. Girl was a huge crossover hit, winning Astrud a Grammy and launching a singing career that continues today.

Polygram's Compact Jazz series includes Astrud singing sixteen numbers. GFI leads off, but also deserving of high praise are such numbers as Aqua De Beber (Water To Drink), Goodbye Sadness (Tristeza), and so forth. Tristeza features engaging organ by Walter Wanderly, but both he and Astrud outdo themselves on Summer Samba (So Nice). O Morro (Nao Tem Vez) shines with a neat horn solo in the open, while Corcovado "reuites" Astrud with Joao Gilberto. On the album goes through the frequently-covered Jobim classic How Insensitive. It all displays the shy charm that made Astrud such a joy to listen to.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Music-couldn't be better!
This is obvously one of the best C.D.s in the world. It is very remarkable what a good singer Astrug Gelberto is. I think it has many good songs including The Girl From Ipanema, It Might As Well Be Spring, and Only Trust Your Heart. I think this a great C.D. to listen to Many times. ... Read more


44. Chez Toots
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5-0 out of 5 stars Sheer beauty
As a fairly serious jazz music fan who loves rich harmonies, true melodies and vocalists who transcend the everyday, I was surprised and somewhat embarrassed to discover Toots Thielemans so late!

In many other places, I'm sure, you can find descriptions of the virtuosity of this wonderful musician more lucid than I could provide. Yet, I have found myself so entranced by his music, as represented in this CD (among others), that I felt compelled to write a review here.

At least two of the pieces on this CD would have to rank in the top 100 of my all-time favorites. The music is very tastefully arranged and selected--but the guy's harmonica playing is about as close to sublime as one could possibly get with such an instrument.

I couldn't recommend this more highly to anyone with a love of France, and a love of beautiful music and superb musicianship that is never pretentious, ever fascinating.

5-0 out of 5 stars Que Reste T'l De Nos Amours......
I was sitting here trying to remember what made me purchase this disc when in simply dawned on me! Listening to "Chez Toots" is rather like being transported back to Paris, sitting at a sidewalk cafe and enjoying the sights, sounds and yes, even the beautiful women that the City of Lights has to offer.

I 'm not sure how but this disc has a certain intimacy to it that is hard to deny...but, than again why would you want to? The music can be terribly sentimental, maudlin and old-fashioned...and I love it! Few cd's can transport me such as this and make wish I were back in France with that old flame, a bottle of wine and so much more innocence. Songs such as " La Vie En Rose", "Sous Le Ciel De Paris" and "Moulin Rouge" literally can tug your heartstings with a certain world-weariness that comes into play on this cd. Of course having the wonderful Shirley Horn and Dianna Reeves only adds to the sheer beauty of this disc.Ooh La La....!! Toots was wise enough to understand that a disc such as this only works if you keep it honest, direct and with enough emotional integrity to make the listener aware just how much you truly love these songs. And it's terribly obvious how good of a time he is really having. And I guess that makes it so much easier for me to sit back, relax, and enjoy myself as well!

Overall, a cd that is warmly textured, comfortable like an old friend and one that simply asks of the listener to sit back and enjoy life...at least for a short while. So you may wish to pick up your own copy, buy a nice bottle of Chablis and a copy of Peter Mayle's " A Year In Provence" and settle in for the evening. Better yet...call up that old-flame! She may be thinking of you to. Bonsoir!

5-0 out of 5 stars this is one of the best CDs I own
It makes me feel like I am in a small cafe in France. Wonderful musich for driving also. ... Read more


45. Sinatra & Company
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5-0 out of 5 stars Sinatra may've made more 'important' LPs, but few as sublime
Although Frank Sinatra's 1967 collaboration with Antonio Carlos Jobim is considered one of the high points of the singer's career, it's not always noticed how fundamentally incompatible both artists are - against the sunny twilight of the bossa nova backing, Sinatra's American straightness can sound alien. The attempt to meld Bossa nova with swing sometimes results in an awkward dilution, but more often creates a tension that makes for fantastic listening.

Among the highlights on a stunning set (comprising out-takes from the 1967 session) are: the famous 'Aqua de Beber', made fresh by the overlapping of Sinatra and Jobim's vocals; the wide-eyed orchestral epiphany that lights up 'Someone to light up my life'; an astonishing 'Wave', still popular music's greatest tribute to the fantasy of love-making, with a gorgeous string surge at mentions of waves, and a knowing nod to 'Makin' Whoopee'; and a witty 'One note samba', that lush urge to minimalism. And these are out-takes!

The second half of the album consists of tracks arranged by Don Costa, and include songs written by John Denver. Many listeners find this creates an imbalance in quality, and certainly this second half, with schmaltzy orchestration lacking the Jobim nuance, and Sinatra's sometimes disengaged singing, misses the magic of the opening eight songs. We can certainly live without another version of 'Close to you', definitive though Sinatra's is.

Nevertheless, there are four songs here that are as good as anything Sinatra has done. 'I Will drink the water', 'Sunrise in the morning' and 'leaving on a jet plane' have all the Vegas drama, unexpected grooviness and melodic rush of late Elvis. 'Lady Day', however, is a staggering, living epitaph to Billie Holiday: strings and harpsichord like the soundtrack to a lost 60s French movie, passion and empathy from one great singer to another.

4-0 out of 5 stars The CD with the split personality
On the one hand, you have the first seven tracks, consisting of bossa nova tunes performed with the composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. As good as a previous album Sinatra did with Jobim was, these seven songs are even better. Eumir Deodato's arrangements are a little more aggressive than Claus Ogerman's on the first Sinatra/Jobim album. Combined with three songs that didn't make it, "Bonita", "Song of the Sabia", and "Desafinado", all of which are available only on the Reprise box set, this might have been on a top three list of all time Sinatra albums. There are several tracks like "Wave", "Agua de Beber" and "This Happy Madness" that are astonishingly good. "Agua de Beber" is an interesting fusion of swing and bossa nova, in which Sinatra actually sings in Portugese.

Unfortunately, instead of those unreleased bossa nova tracks, Sinatra grafted some mediocre soft rock tunes from the early 1970's onto the second half of the album. "I Will Drink the Wine" is not bad, but "Leavin' on a Jet Plane" and most of the others are just woeful. Sinatra sounds disinterested, and it's not surprising he retired shortly after this album came out.

So you have an album with a split personality. The first seven songs are as good as anything Sinatra ever did, while the last several songs are unworthy of such a great singer. Still, even bad Sinatra is worth hearing.

And it's worth tracking down "Bonita" and "Song of the Sabia" if you can find them. Add those tunes to the songs on the first half of this album, and you will have discovered a lost treasure.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not half bad
I usually maintain that Sinatra albums are of such a thematic and artistic wholeness that to issue them in the form of sampled collections is to a grave disservice to the original projects. If so, "Sinatra and Company" is the exception that proves the rule. Despite a happily conceived Sinatra reading of "Being Green," the second side of this album is benignly irritating (on the other hand, had the material been sung by an Engleburt Humperdinck, Jerry Vale, or Andy Williams it could have been downright nauseating).

Not just Don Costa but Sinatra must share some of the blame for the lapses in judgement that are 50% of this album. The tunes and lyrics are so lame, so much a part of '70's pop culture, that it's almost understandable why Costa would overscore them in garish colors. And whoever the engineer was who mastered the album--washing out Sinatra's voice in the mix and pumping up the bass to ridiculous levels (I can't even reduce it sufficiently when I back off the bass tone control as far as it will go) certainly had to receive Sinatra's approval. In the 50's Old Blue had the integrity not to even pretend to meet the Elvis challenge. So in the 70's why was he trying to emulate Herb Alpert, Burt Bacharach, and the Fifth Dimension?

Side One is also overly loud and thickly textured (the Claus Olgerman session with Sinatra and Jobim is clearly superior), but it contains some indispensable musical moments by the Master Storyteller. No one else has come close to matching Sinatra's passionate reading of "Someone to Light Up My Life" (which should be a popular standard based on the evidence here), to probing the depths of the ocean (a resonant bottom D) on "Wave," or elevating "One Note Samba" from a facile ditty to a musical main event (just dig Blue's vocalese on the second chorus--a rare Sinatra moment).

In short, don't bother with this album unless you already own at least 25 Sinatra albums. Instead, go with "Frances Albert Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim" or, since this latter album is quite short (25-30 minutes?), simply wait for the inevitable release of "Best of Sinatra and Jobim."

4-0 out of 5 stars First half of the album makes this a must have
One of the few tragedies in this craze of Sinatra issues is the reluctance to bring back the 1971 album "Sinatra & Company". I was fortunate to have found it in Canada after years of hunting for it. On tracks 1-7 the Chairman collaborates with Antonio Carlos Jobim once again. This session was arranged by Eumir Deodato and top the other CD with Jobim (simply called Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim). Sinatra's voice is in top form and the arrangements are beautiful. "Wave" stands out in my personal opinion as one of Sinatra's all time best performances. As for the Don Costa arrangements that make up the secound half, they could have been better. They are too mixed up and disturb the easy flow of Jobim's bossa nova. Not to say they are bad but they just don't fit. It's like putting big band swing at the end of "In the Wee Small Hours". Yet still the folks over at Reprise need to make sure they get this album out (preferably along with "She Shot Me Down"). Its just too good to remain a lost Sinatra album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mellow Sinatra sings music to relax to
Perfect music for when you're in the mood to unwind. Sinatra's immaculate phrasing is a joy. The laid back atmosphere allows Sinatra's warmth to fill songs such as One Note Samba and Sunrise In The Morning. I Will Drink The Wine illustrates his fondness for "statement songs" but in a less confrontational manner than others from his career including The House I Live In. ... Read more


46. Aquarela Do Brasil
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5-0 out of 5 stars Stunning! Absolutely Incredible!!!
Recorded in 1969, during a "howling snowstorm" in Stockholm Sweden of all places, Elis and Toots conjured up a steaming mid-summer Brazilian beach in the studio. Elis is on fire! Her musical group 'Elis Cinco" is brilliant and audibly enthusiastic. Singing with a wide range of emotions and tossing off gymnastic phrases with ease, Elis is incredible. She wields her voice like a knief, cutting quickly and deeply. Toots is equally brilliant and the entire ensemble plays like old musical friends. I speak no Portuguese but this music is as clear as a crystal. The sultry "Barquinho" will slow your breathing and "Wave" is new again. She totally personalizes "Aquarela Do Brasil" and infuses it with humor and "crickets".

I bought this CD primarily because of Toots. I had recently bought the excellent "Chez Toots" and noticed this CD in his discography. I popped it in the CD player and wandered away. The next morning the CD player woke me up with "Wave" and I laid there amazed for the next hour. As a jazz fan, I KNOW singers and this singer was someone very, very special. She understood nuance, emotion, improvisation, the blues, how to deliver a knockout punch and leave us wanting more. It's no wonder they called her 'The Hurricane'. Now I'm collecting more Elis recordings and have just purchased the self-titled first CD cut by her talented daughter, "Maria Rita". As much as I will always love Gal Costa, with this CD, Elis (over twenty years after her tragic accidental death) has stolen my musical heart. She ranks in the company of Ella, Sarah, and Carmen. I wonder if she realized she was really a jazz singer. Believe me, this CD should be required listening for ALL music fans. Snowstorm? What snowstorm? LOL.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pure Fire - Elis Regina ensemble with Toots on harmonica
One of the outstanding Elis Regina's characteristics as a singer was not only her quality as a Brazilian vocal master. She also knew very well how to choose her musicians and arrangers. And she also has had all great Brazilian musicians at her keep. They used to say it was very hard to work under her top parameters but the result was prestige. Two American singers became famous by this aspect - Carmen McRae and Betty Carter - and like them, Elis Regina always has brought luck to all musicians and composers she has recorded with. This album set counts on her trio in 1969, leaded by pianist and composer Antonio Adolfo. This same trio made her European tour in 1969 and recorded this album with Toots Thielemens in Sweden. Half of the album songs are instrumentals with the trio plus Toots. Very Great!

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't let the cover fool you
A classic case where one should never judge the content by its cover. Inside I found one of the most stunning vocal performances ever - purely in terms of Elis's vocals, this album may even surpass 'Tom and Elis'. Her rendition of 'Aquarela do Brasil,' transitioning to 'Nega do Cabelo Duro,' perhaps will remain one of my favorites for years to come. Enough said, head straight for the checkout.

5-0 out of 5 stars (A+) Great for drivetime!
I spend quite a bit of time commuting, so I carry a heavy cache of CDs with me to pass the drivetime. I'll probably turn this CD into pulp, I play it so much. There's a good mix of tempos among the tracks. I especially enjoy "Aquarela Do Brasil," "Visao," and "Honeysuckle Rose." The talents of Toots and Elis make for a wonderful blend of sound. If you want a good CD for drivetime (as well as elsewhere), this CD is definitely it!

5-0 out of 5 stars elis is the word
What a voice! I would buy this cd for wave alone,much less the rest of this brilliant album.Elis blessed the world with that magnificent voice, and she breaks my heart with it at the same time.Thank you Elis,for giving us all you had. ... Read more


47. The Man from Ipanema
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Antonio Carlos Jobim--the Brazilian composer, arranger, singer, and pianist and one of the creators of bossa nova--left an extraordinary legacy when he died of heart failure in 1994 in New York at age 67. Many of his songs--including "The Girl from Ipanema," "Chega de Saudade" ("No More Blues"), "Samba de Uma Nota So" ("One-Note Samba"), "Corcovado" ("Quiet Nights"), and "Insensatez" ("How Insensitive")--were not only hits in their day, but have become part of the American pop-music canon. Often easy on the ear, this is music of deceptive simplicity. In fact, a closer listening reveals sophisticated miniatures full of subtle power and grace, combining poetic lyrics, willfully naive melodies, and cool-jazz harmonies played to highly stylized, oblique variations of the samba beat. Packaged like a spiral notebook, this three-disc set, while neither complete nor definitive, offers useful, intriguing insights into the man and his music. The notes include a biography and interviews with Jobim, producer Creed Taylor, and arranger and producer Oscar Castro Neves. Musically, the 55-song collection is organized in three parts: a disc of vocal performances (revisiting classics such as Jobim's duet with Elis Regina in "Aguas de Marco"), a disc of instrumental versions, and a volume featuring several readings, by different groups, of some of Jobim's best-known works. Even after countless lounge cover versions, even after countless soul-deadening arrangements for background music in dentist offices, supermarkets, and elevators seemingly the world over, Jobim's work remains a pop rarity: a music of beauty, substance, and intelligence that rewards repeated listening. --Fernando Gonzalez ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Experience Unto Itself...
one of those rare, stream-of-consciousness listening experiences that takes you to that quiet place inside yourself. The playful, provocative, effortless romance of Jobim makes this a must-have for your collection. My first experience with it was on a 3 and 1/2 hour road trip, driving in the rain alone. The time seemed to pass in minutes. Having arrived at my destination, I was tempted to turn around and go back, just to extend the moment. The booklet, the interviews, even the unique wrappers around each CD were obviously done by someone in love with the man and his music. This box set wasn't created to make money but to honor the life-work of a master. Please don't let the price slow you down. This collection is extraordinary in every way.

5-0 out of 5 stars WORTH EVERY PENNY.
Simply beautiful, brilliant music. If the idea of spending 40 or 50 dollars for this set puts you off, please don't let it. The more Jobim, the better, and the 3 CDs is nowhere near exhausting or overkill. Even the last CD, which has multiple versions of his most famous songs, is varied enough that you don't even notice. If you've never owned a Jobim record or even if you've only heard of him, this is really the very best way to start, even better than just a single Lp. After getting this, you'll only want more; as well as more music from Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto, Astrud Gilberto and Elis Regenta as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything you'll ever need from Jobim is here and more...
This was my first Antonio Carlos Jobim album, in fact it was my first real Bossa Nova album (its not exactly an album, but my first Brazilian Jazz CD anyhow). After this one I've heard and bought some other Bossa Nova albums by the Gilberto pair and Jobim himself only to find out that most of the songs were already present in this collection.
Let me tell you one thing, this collection is a must if you like this genre. If you're a hardcore fan, you'll surely want more, but this contains all the essencials from Jobim and Joao Gilberto, and much much more.
The first disc is simply the "big hits" (if it may be called so) of Jobim and company (featuring Stan Getz on many).
The second disc has the best cuts of Jobim's solo works "Tide" and "Wave". I've bought both seperately, they are both amazing, and this one simply has the finest cuts out of them. These cuts are so beautiful and emotional that surely words cannot express them. The former reviewer who said this disc was nice listening to while doing some housework hasn't obviously given this any serious listening.
The third disc has many rare versions of famous Jobim works, and in addition to that some of those works in their original forms such as Desafinado, Corcovado and Vivo Sonhando. I believe this disc would be of most interest to serious fans of the genre.
All in all, this is a great collection, and should be sufficient for most people since it really captivates the best moments of Jobim in particular and Bossa Nova in general.
A best buy in my opinion for anyone who likes this genre, ranging from amatuer to serious listeners.

5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
The organization of this set was really nice. The inside essays and track notes were awesome. I enjoyed hearing different versions of songs. This is an essential for any Jobim/bossa nova fan!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Antonio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim - romantic Master
This compilation and the care with which it was put together by Oscar Castro-Neves, himself one of the finest Bossa Nova/Samba masters alive, is a joy. The interviews and photographs, provided by Creed Taylor, Gene Lees, and Ana Lentra Jobim are delightful, as is the spiral-bound booklet which is presented in Brazilian motif. In a 3 CD compilation of an entire career such as this, there are bound to be tracks that not everyone likes. I have read where some listeners are put off by the way in which Castro-Neves presents tracks of the same song over different periods and artists in a 'back-to-back(-to-back') segue - indeed, a few of the Astrud Gilberto tracks sound to me like chalk on a blackboard coming on the heels of such a master singer as Elis Regina - however, I find the contrast to be enlightening as well as entertaining. I am also willing to bet that even the greatest lovers of Jobim find a moment or two on this compilation which they have not yet heard, or have perhaps forgotten..and it will be worth the price of admission, which I grant may be a bit steep for some. The "Aguas de Marco" out-takes at the conclusion of Disc 3 are, along with the gorgeous booklet and sleeves, in my opinion, worth the price of the 3 CD package. You will be taken on a Jobim ride throughout: from the Getz/Gilberto session all the way up until Jobim, alone with Pat Matheny, live. Even if you only find two-thirds of the tracks to your liking, this is a loving tribute to a musical genious who certainly deserves every bit of it. ... Read more


48. The Brasil Project, Vol. 2
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5-0 out of 5 stars Smooth Relax
All the songs are perfect for a relax moment after a long day at work. Travessia is my favorite one and it is like a promise of a deep journey into some green eyes of a loved one. This album is different from Brasil Project Vol 1. This one is deeper and really smooth.

5-0 out of 5 stars volume 1 was quite good, and this was even better!
you like jazz harmonica? you like bossa nova? then This is what you get! :) vt

5-0 out of 5 stars Good
I do agree with Jorge Salles' review. I know him personally, and he is a man with excellent taste in music.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have CD for those Jazz lovers
This albun, differently from all other Toot's, it's just great! The songs "Papel Marche" and "Travessia" take you to a journey. they lift up your spirit. Try listening the albun in a quiet dark environment(or in your car), sweping a Sambuca and smoking a Cuban cigar. Well, my friend... why would you need to be a millionare? This is it! Pure good times.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT! better than Vol. #1
This is music to relax to ... make love to ...listen to on the way to work ...or on a long drive ...better by far than volume #1 ...great selection of brazilian artists accompanying or accompanied by toot at his very best! ... Read more


49. Brazilian Soul
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5-0 out of 5 stars Double your pleasure!
Laurindo Almeida has been a favourite of mine since the 60's (yes, I am just an aging hippie!). My wife bought this album on vinyl years ago - we wore it out. When we saw it as a CD we tripped over each other racing to the cashier! The subtle phrasing, the interplay of these masters, the choice of songs, every facet of this gem sparkles and becomes more lustrous with repeated listening. Sometimes a song or an interpretation sounds SO SIMPLE - until you try to do it! Then you begin to understand what mastery is necessary to make things sound easy. It's so very difficult to do; Charlie Byrd and Laurindo Almeida make the most beautiful music sound simple - wizards! ... Read more


50. Deodato 2
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1-0 out of 5 stars Great Music!! - Horrible Sound!!
First off, i totally agree with the previous reviewers. Now, let me tell you what i know. I found out a few things (through someone who runs a CTI discography website and seems to have authentic sources) about the initial SONY/Columbia CD releases of Eumir Deodato's first two albums (Prelude & Deodato2) which were initially released on the CTI label.

As we all know, the sound quality of those two vinyl recordings were absolutely awesome as they were done by the master himself "Doctor" Rudy Van Gelder. After those two albums, Deodato had a fallout with Creed Taylor and signed a deal with MCA. Then, in the early '80s, MCA was somehow a part of the big SONY buyout of Columbia Records. Included in the tapes MCA had of Deodato's work, were master outtakes of the CTI sessions which were the only things Deodato was able to get out of Creed Taylor who refused to give up the real masters for legal or personal reasons, or both.

So the multitrack tapes that SONY used to remaster these two albums were actually outtakes or other garbage! Whether SONY knew this or not, we'll probably never know. What i DO know, is that the Raven Records reisuue on CD is the closest thing to the original CTI recordings that i have ever heard. It could be that Raven was able to get the true masters from Mr. Taylor just before his death. So, if you want to hear this music as it was originally released on vinyl, i suggest you get the Raven Records 2-in-1 reissue.

3-0 out of 5 stars Music Magnificent----Remaster Stinks!
This is one of my life's landmark albums, one of those that added jazz to my musical enthusiasms. This is an album which opened up a whole new world of sound to me and I was more than delighted to find it remastered and with extra tracks!
Deodato 2 came out when I was in my senior year in high school. Friends Mike Jacks and Bernie Mases were always on the cutting edge of the music scene throughout high school and I am indebted to them for introducing this gem to me at one of our after-school saturnalias in Mike's garage. We thrilled (and played air guitar) to the hard-driving Super Strut at top volume and fancied ourselves connoisseurs of the classics whenever Rhapsody In Blue came on. My personal favorite was and is the soaring Skyscrapers, with its majestic horns sandwiching a dazzling display of guitar pyrotechnics by John Tropea and a stunning keyboard attack by Deodato himself. Its a song that should always be played as loudly as possible.
Sadly, though, I have to concur with the previous two reviewers who bemoan the poor quality of the remaster. I actually had to raise the volume on my office player to hear what was being played, while most other CDs I play at work (mostly tango and jazz) sound just great at the normal volume setting. It was almost like sticking in one of those CDs with a cheesy "best buy" sticker on the jewel box that usually indicates poor sound quality.
The CD gets three stars, the average of one for the remastering and five for the music. The bonus tracks are pleasant, but none are of the calibre of the best original tracks. Despite the rating for this recording, I don't hesitate to recommend that you buy it as Deodato 2 is one of the best albums of the early 70s and also one of the finest in the storied CTI's archives.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Music, but mastering not like the original LP
First let me say that I think Deodato is a genius. Every track on this CD is bursting with fresh, innovative sounds and ideas. Whether it is an orcherstral re-interpretation of classical themes, or outrageous jazz-funk licks, this record rocks. The solos are great, the beat is heavy and funky throughout, and Deodato takes a number of excellent solos on Fender-Rhodes electric piano which I feel are real highlights of the album. The ensemble playing and sheer power of this band are amazing. So from an artistic perspective, I have no hesitation in highly recommending this CD.

However, the character of the sound has been changed from the original 1973 LP. Rudy Van Gelder recorded this session and did (as usual) an outstanding job. In this CD remaster, I think the richness of the lower registers is a bit lost, and I feel the ultra-high-frequency range (like cymbals) has been over-emphasized. But the worst thing about this remaster is that the tracks are out of order. Essentially, the sides have been reversed from the original release on LP. This may be just a mistake, or some attempt to make the album more "marketable", but either way it's wrong. The original artists, producers, and technicians made very deliberate desicions about what sequence the album should be presented in. For someone else to ignore these decisions and re-order the tracks in some other way 30 years after the fact is just wrong. We as fans expect and deserve to hear the album as close to the original as possible, and certainly the artists involved should have their work presented as intended.

So if you are looking for great music it is here. It's just been messed with. If you collect Deodato recordings, you should pick this CD up regardless because there are 3 bonus tracks, all of which are new mixes and none of which I have ever heard before. It's too bad that this material has been out of print for so long. You might also consider buying the Raven release "Preludes and Rhapsodies" which presents this album and its predecessor in their original playing order, albeit without the 3 bonus tracks. The sound on these re-releases is arguably better also.

1-0 out of 5 stars UGLY REMASTER- READ WHY!
I love this album, but the remix and mastering of the CD remaster I bought (ZK40930 "Deodato 2") absolutly STINKS! Produced by Didier C. Deutsch and digitally mastered and engineered by Tim Geelan, CBS Studios, NY, it sounds like they threw the master multitracks on and went out for early morning breakfast. Lots of my friends and I owned this album when it came out on vinyl. We were always AMAZED at how much better it sounded than ANYTHING else we had heard (and of course LOVED it) !!! We dug Deodato's music and felt it topped Prelude! The tiniest nuance was clear as a triangle and sound exploded from an unusually incredable mix and mastering.
But, when I put this CD remix on, it sounded like a studio drum track with all the other musicians sitting together in the bathroom under one microphone! Horrible! The bass lines that burbled and punched on the vinyl album now sound muffled like they are being played at poolside while my head is underwater. What a dissapointment this re-"mix" is! What a diservice to collecters, let alone the brilliant musicians and production this album originally was. BIG CBS BUMMER! I wonder if the material issued on the double album "Preludes & Rhapsodies" is any better? ... Read more


51. Brazilian Byrd
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Byrd devoted this album to the compositions of Antonio Carlos Jobim in 1965, at the crest of the bossa nova wave. Byrd had been among the first American musicians, along with Jim Hall and Kenny Dorham, to encounter the Brazilian beat, and there's a sure grasp of the idiom, particularly well suited to his classical guitar. Along with Jobim's best-known compositions like "Girl from Ipanema" and "Corcovado," Byrd plays rarer, contemporaneous treasures like the beautiful "O Amor Em Paz" and "As Praias Desertas," unfolding their melodies with loving care and subtle embellishment. The string and big band settings are tasteful and unobtrusive, a pleasant backdrop for the essential dialogue between Byrd's guitar and Jobim's songs. --Stuart Broomer ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Brazilian Brilliance by Byrd, Jobim, and Newsom
I believe that this CD can be considered a chamber-suite for acoustic jazz guitar and small orchestra; and that as such, it is a masterpiece! It's so perfectly performed, arranged and recorded; one gets the feeling that Jobim wrote these pieces specifically for this recording. I guess I wouldn't be letting the cat out of the bag if I said that this is my all-time favorite!

There are actually three important musical aspects of this disc to be considered: Charlie Byrd's consummate performance; Antonio Carlos Jobim's compositional genius; and Tommy Newsom's wonderful arrangements. It would be unfair not to mention Teo Macero's production expertise as well as the technically astute recording itself; however space prohibits elaboration.

Charlie Byrd was undoubtedly a multi-talented musician; and one of his primary talents was his ability to impart the true feeling of a composition - and what un-plumbed depths of feeling are provided for him by Jobim's compositions! Even in less talented hands, Jobim's magnificent melodies and haunting harmonies artfully express Brazilian life - both joyous and sanguine; on this disc we have the perfect collaboration of a master guitarist. Byrd's lush use of the full, expressive timbre of the acoustic guitar gives us the ultimate interpretation of this music.

What can be said about Jobim's genius? And I, like many others, do consider him a true musical genius. People can learn harmony; they can be taught to arrange, write scores, and they can study rhythmic variations. But melody is a gift. Antonio Carlos Jobim had the gift --- and he did the studying as well! "Corcovado" is one of the most beautiful melodies ever written; "Dindi", "Someone to Light Up My Life", and "O Amor em Paz (Once I Loved)" are all exquisitely melodic pieces. But, I have not heard a Jobim piece that wasn't.

Tommy Newsom's arrangements are what, I think, "make" this recording. Arranging is, in a sense, a form of composing, at least a really good arranger makes it seem that way. Newsom's sense of "what" fits "where" is brilliant. He makes all the components of this session musically coherent; emphasizing Byrd's guitar at just the right time, while giving the strings and woodwinds theirs, too! This was recorded before computer mixing techniques and the sophisticated acoustic-electric systems available on any acoustic guitar today; yet the balance between soloist and ensemble is perfect! Newsom, working with the compositional genius of Jobim, and the interpretative genius /technical expertise of Byrd, created a body of work of which any arranger would, and should, be justifiably proud. This is as good as it gets!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Brazilian-Jazz !!!!!!!
This is an excellent album and I'm glad to see that is available in CD now, Charlie is an extraordinary guitarist and his rendition to Tom Jobim's songs is nothing but fantastic, it's one of those albums that you can enjoy by yourself at home or you can play as a background at your party or reunion and enjoy as well; if you like Brazilian-Jazz or Bossa Nova flavored music, this is a must-have for your collection; don't wait another minute and purchase it immediately.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ethereal and Lyrical Byrd
Brazilian Byrd along with The Bossa Nova Years are my two favorite Byrd CDs. Based on compositions by Antonio Carlos Jobim, this is a lyrical and ethereal performance by a talented and versatile guitarist. With Byrd's guitar at the helm and a ravishing orchestra as accompaniment, Jobim's melodies sing and float. The samba is light and melancholic, yet deeply moving.

5-0 out of 5 stars Smooth as Brazilian butter
This is one of my favorite albums/CDs of all time. Charlie Byrd introduced me to the world of Brazilian samba music in the 1960's. It is enchanting, soothing, sensuous music that has a lilting quality to it--goes well with champagne and candle-lit dinners. I only wish there were more. If you like this also get the Stan Getz/Byrd/Joabim album. Absolutely sensational. These songs sung in the original Portugues are wonderfully romantic pieces that are the perfect set piece for an evening of romance.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the most lovely pieces of music I know.
Brazilian Byrd is one of those rare musical experiences that can transport your mood if you allow your imagination to let go and fly. I have owned this piece of music in album and in cd for many years. Recently I lost the Brazilian Byrd cd,so here I go again buying it. To me Brazilian Byrd is an essential piece of music.If you want to hear another cd just as good check out Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd on the classic Jazz Samba. Kevin 12,98 ... Read more


52. Passarim
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great stuff - but not his last...by any means
This is Jobim the way HE wants it - with his family at the core of things and unabashedly romantic, as always. 'Passarim' is a cry for the environment and the forest that Jobim loves. Also Jobim plays with the lyrics as never before, interjecting Portugese into English and vice-versa (and a little French, too). In 'Chansong' Jobim pokes fun at the U.S. and the whole mood is one of satire regarding the way his music was boiled down, stripped of all subtlety, then regurgitated. For more of this band and one of my all time favorite recordings, see if you can locate "Antonio Brasileiro" which was released I think in 1993 or 1994, and which contains a version of "Insensatez (How Insensative) with Sting and Jobim singing and harmonizing on it. This was released in Brazil, but perhaps not in the U.S. Check the U.K. if not. If you have any reservations about lush vocal arrangements (which I emphatically do not) this is not the CD for you...

5-0 out of 5 stars Jobim's last
This is the last studio album that Jobim recorded, and it's a gem. The sound is a culmination of Jobim's style, topped off by the beautiful signature female chorus -- close your eyes and you're on Ipanema beach. There is enough pure bossa to keep the hardcore happy, including a great version of "Fascinatin' Rhythm" with Jobim's marvelous cigarette-coated voice. It's the arrangements that go beyond bossa that shine the most, though. The title track (portuguese version) is as beautiful a song as Jobim ever wrote (that's saying something), and others like "Anos Dourados" and "Luiza" became MPB standards. The icing on the cake is "Gabriella," a song instantly recognizable to most Brazilians: it was the theme for the television production of Jorge Amado's novel, with Sonia Braga in the title role.

4-0 out of 5 stars Even Gershwin is included here....
I have enjoyed this Jobim album since it first came out in the late 1980s. The title track is another soulful Jobim melody and the arrangements of everything on the CD are first-rate. My favorite, though, is the Gershwin "Fascinatin' Rhythm" track which was a complete surprise to me, something which Jobim puts his own spin on--in a delightful way. This album belongs in every Jobim collection, definitely.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great music from a master
Excellent throughout, even taking into account the duplication of two songs (in Portugese & English). Tremendous music, gorgeous harmonies (esp. from the female chorus). Jobim's heartfelt liner notes make the music and his loss that much more acute. ... Read more


53. Jazz Moods: Brazilian Romance
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5-0 out of 5 stars latin moods from Brazilian roots...excilerating!
The entire album is a "latin jazz" must have...but there are two stand outs ~ "CORCOVADO", featuring Charlie Byrd and Ken Peplowski, this alone is worth the price of admission, two classic musicians with a never-to-be-forgotten duet...the other is ~ MANHA DE CARNAVAL (SUNRISE), over four minutes of pure esctasy from sultry style of Susannah McCorkle, what a great loss of this memorable interpreter of lyrics, who passed away this year in May, she will be sorely missed...she had the free-spirit of Ella!

Hats off to producers John Burk & Chris Dunn, mastered by George Horn and Concord Jazz, mixing the essential ingredient into every release, quality first and foremost...can always count on them to come up with great and unforgettable moods in jazz...a note to Concord, we need more of the same!

You might try other Concord Record titles, all worthy of a good listen ~ "Most Requested Songs"-Susannah McCorkle (CCD-4976-2)..."Communion"-John Patitucci (CCD-4970-2)..."Both Sides of the Coin"-Cal Tjader (CCD2-4975-2)..."Midnight Blue"-Jimmy Bruno Group (CCD-4980-2)...check out my reviews on amazon.com/music.

Total Time: 59:27 on 11 Tracks ~ Concord Records CCD-5200-2 ~ (1997)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent compilation
Just about every song on this CD is just wonderful and masterfully done. The quality of the recording, the instruments and the musicians is superior. It is very sultry without being languid or sluggish. Great rhythms are married to intriguing melodies to move you subtly and keep you from getting bored. Perfect music for a jazzy cocktail party, or a steamy night home with someone special. Highly recommended! ... Read more


54. Beach Samba
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4-0 out of 5 stars Music for a lovely day...
It IS a lovely day when Astrud's on the stereo! Her husky, sweetly nuanced yet off-center voice goes great with rain or sunshine outside, and her choice of songs is clever, surprising and relaxing. Her duet with her young son on "You Didn't have To Be So Nice" is quite charming(and seems to be their answer to a previous duet, "The Bare Necessities", found on the CD "Windy")and "A Banda(Parade)" really gets your blood pumping. The arrangements are classy, ornate, spare and jazzy. Her delivery(and her trouble with the English language)may make some listeners unaccustomed to her pure sweetness squirm a little, but those attuned to Astrud's pithy, almost-throwaway goodness will be delighted. I was. Includes 5 bonus tracks, songs also found on "A Certain Smile". A-

4-0 out of 5 stars I love this cd...
As Astrud recordings go, this one is pretty much out of the normal fold. But that's not a bad thing at all.

Most of this cd is pretty smooth, soft and easy. That's true for most of her recordings, so perhaps I should elaborate. This is very ballad and "standard" oriented, and not so much Samba-ish as her other recordings.

It's a very good release. And, although I can't put my finger on it, and words as to why generally escape me, it is one of my favorites.

3-0 out of 5 stars Easy Listening
This record, excluding the bonus tracks, is ballads, mostly jazz standards. If you are looking for bossa nova, this is not the album for you.

Astrud Gilberto has a wonderful voice, and the arrangements are pretty. If memory serves, all songs are sung in English. There are two tracks I really don't like. 'A Banda (Parade)' because just don't like the song, and 'You didn't have to be so nice', which she sings with her son (way too cute). On the other hand, 'Misty Roses' and 'I had the Craziest Dream' and quite nice.

The five bonus tracks are more to my taste. They all come from the album 'A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness', which is available on CD, and is more in the bossa nova style. I particularly like 'Goodbye Sadness', both for the song and the performance by Astrud and the Walter Wanderly Trio.

The CD comes with a reproduction of the original album artwork, which is entertaining and endearing. ... Read more


55. Suite Leopoldina
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Album by this Amazing Composer and Guitar Player. As Usual, Guinga Invited Great Names from Brazilian Music to Appear on his New CD. Among Them: Chico Buarque, Ed Motta, Nei Lopes, Ivan Lins, Alceu Valenca, and Lenine. A Highly Recommended CD for Those Wh ... Read more


56. Mundo Verde Esperanca
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57. Wave: Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Star-Studded Affair
This is a wonderful album for fans of both bossa nova and straight-up jazz. Wonderful renditions of many of A.C.Jobim's most beautiful songs, with Jobim himself popping up on a few tracks.

If I were to list every brilliant track on the album, I'd honestly just be listing the entire track list. From Getz' lyrical "Corcovado", to Diz's clever "One Note Samba", to Sarah Vaughan's playful "Boy From Ipanema"--all classic, wonderful songs by some of the most famous jazz artists of all time. Although I had heard most of these songs elsewhere, it was wonderful to hear Oscar Peterson's "Triste". The song begins with a trademark Peterson off-beat intro in unison, then quickly settling into an amazing groove.

The bottom line? A great and varied selection, encompassing a wide variety of moods, emotions, styles, tempos, and musicians! Pick up a copy soon!

Also HIGHLY recommended: the Getz/Gilberto album, and "Jazz Samba" with Getz/Charlie Byrd. Both are some of the most (deservedly) classic jazz albums you can find.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Companion Piece
This is a companion piece CD to The Girl From Ipanema: The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook. I believe, that is. It is a very nice CD but as the previous writer stated, it more than anything points out the brilliance of Jobim's songwriting. The tracks selection is excellent and the perfomers are great. Hearing Elis Regina's voice in all of her feautred songs makes you wish she could still share that magical voice with you. Great CD. Pick it up to go along with the other one.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great artists play Jobim
This was my first introduction to Brazilian music, notably because of the recognizable artists playing Jobim like Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie and Oscar Peterson(to name a few). However, what struck me the most was the great songwriting talents of Jobim and the understated, yet passionate vocals of Elis Regina. Hearing Elis sing 'Wave' is simply beautiful, and listening to 'Corcavado' transported me to another world. This is simply a great CD. ... Read more


58. The Road to You: Recorded Live in Europe
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5-0 out of 5 stars PMG LIVE!
I found this album to be their most energetic, a kind of energy which can only be produced playing live. And for that reason I consider it one of their best cd's to date, if not their best. The recordings sound even better and more fluent than the studio recordings, especially noticed on Have You Heard, The First Circle and Last Train Home (much better live!). PMG is definitely one of those rare bands that truly sounds even better live. The only regret I have with this album is that they did not include "Minuano (Six Eight)". I think that song would have been great as the last track and it really would have fit this brazilian-influenced project. Of course the cd could have become overcrowded and I guess Minuano would have really fought Third Wind because they are very similar in many respects, one example being their fast-paced tempo, as so are many other songs such as Beat 70, Days Ahead and some others I mentioned prior. But I am just splitting hairs and I do enjoy the collection of songs Metheny put together! I highly recommend this cd. One of my all-time favourites!

3-0 out of 5 stars Bland, devoid of wit - like all of Metheny's studio albums
To correct a misperception on the part of the reviewer below, Grammophone was dead right about Metheny's music of the years leading up to this album being boring. Sadly, his fans seem to think he is some kind of musical genius, which he most certainly is not. But like all great jazz, it is best when it is live and while this is no 'Village Vanguarde' or 'Plugged Nickel', it can be enjoyed if you are not listening for genius.

5-0 out of 5 stars Whoa! Are we listening to the same album?
I'm amazed at the negative reviews. Of course they have a right to their opinion, but I'd love to know what the reviewers weren't hearing that I am. This album really travels, and has a fun, celebratory energy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Provides listening pleasure
I travel often and this is one CD that I will not leave home without. The music carries me to a place that is full of wonderful thoughts and feelings. The fact that it's a live performance infuses it with even greater energy for I hear the PMG putting their all into their playing. It is one of my favorites by the PMG.

2-0 out of 5 stars A boring album
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59. The Bossa Nova Years
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5-0 out of 5 stars Charlie Byrd Revisited
I haven't received this CD yet, but I have the paper-thin albums of these renditions. I have been a Charlie Byrd fan for many years, and will continue to be.

If you love latin rhythms, if you love the sound of a sweet and mellow guitar, you are in for a treat. Every song is a thing of beauty before Charlie finishes it.

If you are already a fan, this is a wonderful way to preserve those beautiful songs, and his beautiful renditions. I am so glad I can revisit my favorite guitarist!

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply....beautiful
Bossa nova standards where every note from every musician
counts with no orchestra to detract from the simple
beauty of each. You will be familiar with most of these songs,
esp. those written by Jobim, from Byrd's other albums but, to your surprise in many cases, you may find yourself preferring these renditions.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple and Elegant
Among the late Charlie Byrd's many albums and CD's, I still find this one the most satisfying. No orchestra, no over-production--just great material and the guitarist confidently trading solos with Ken Peplowski on tenor sax or clarinet. Byrd's distinctive, harmonically-inventive readings of these Jobim and Bonfa classics should appeal especially to amateur musicians (like myself) seeking to explore the potential of the nylon-string guitar. Highly recommended. ... Read more


60. Live in Montreux
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Sales Rank: 33262
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Magic in one day: 1 man, 1voz, 1 violao...voila!
This is one of my top 10 recordings of all time. It is History. Seeing that it is live, it is incredible...and absolutely All of the music recorded that wonderful day should be made available. How many artists can bring a packed audience to such heights with such gentleness and such grace? Very few. The way in which Joao so playfully gets the audience to join him in "Felicidade", and the utter soul-baring in "Estate" are two examples of what a true classic this is. Joao even makes "Garota de Ipanema" sound fresh and like the true classic it always will be. The booklet includes lyrics both Portugese (and Italian in the case of "Estate") with English translation. I could write a book, but just get this and hear Live Magic for yourself.

5-0 out of 5 stars O Mito
Like Thelonious Monk, like Erroll Garner, Joao Gilberto has done little to change his style over the course of his musical life. I saw him play a month ago in San Francisco, and at age 73, all that has really changed is his voice, now colored by age, but not even a great deal. He still plays with tremendous focus and ability. And, like Basie's American swing or Django's European swing, he has his own swing which is purely Brazilian and purely Gilberto. And he still prefers to be his own band, dropping even the spare drums he had in the 60s and 70s. The Montreux show is outstanding. The crowd is very receptive, and usually interrupt the first few seconds of a famous song with applause. It's a strange tradition. In typical Gilberto fashion, he mixes the oldies with some newer songs, most notably Caetano Veloso's "Menino do Rio." The other highlights (though there really aren't any lowlights) are "Morena Boca de Ouro," "Pra Que Discutir com Madame," "Sem Compromisso" and "Preconceito."

5-0 out of 5 stars FASCINATING!
The best... I'm not even a Bossa Nova fan but this CD kept me into it from the first track to the last! It is extremely relaxing and at the same time gives you an incredible eager to move.
You will be captivated by this amazing CD, especially "Sandalia de Prata", "Pra que discutir com Madame", "Adeus America" and the immortal "Garota de Ipanema".
Buy one!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best.
Nothing can beat this. He is a full orchestra. Among Davis, Evans, Bach, Hendrix, Jobim, everytime I come back to this album, Joao in Montreaux, this is the best. Everything that is beautiful about music is here, and I wonder how miserable it would be if I had to live without Joao.

Dear WEA/ELEKTRA people, I desperately hope to hear this all. I do insist that the original DOUBLE CD TO BE REISSUED. It is a sin to hide even a single song that Joao sang in the warehouse.

5-0 out of 5 stars unique, pity the original double cd is not available
Out of a record collection of about 700 CDs and 500 vynils, this is maybe one of my best. Joao and his guitar. Nothing else. His voice and his weird tempi are magic. Listen out for 'Madame', 'O samba mandou-me chamar' or the best 'Felicidade' ever (apologies for my poor portuguese). A must. The original double CD should be re-issued. ... Read more


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