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81. In Tokyo
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5-0 out of 5 stars It sounds SO weird...
And I mean this in a good way. I own a number of Gilberto's albums, and this one shocked me like none of them did. The phrasing is radically different from most any other rendition of the same songs I've heard from him. This is something Gilberto is famous for, but at least I think this one album is the most striking one I've heard so far in this regard from him. (I haven't heard the 1996 Umbria Jazz recording yet, though.)

The sound is much, much clearer than the Montreux or Ao Vivo live albums, and the applause isn't as loud. The sequencing is done very well, no noticeable gaps between tracks.

I do think the performance of "Bolinha de Papel" is not very good.

4-0 out of 5 stars Maybe our last chance to hear this Brazilian master
Recorded about 18 years after Joao Gilberto's wonderful "Live In Montreux" album, the new "In Tokyo" comes close to equaling the supreme and simple beauty of the earlier classic. I personally think 5-star ratings should be reserved for things that really DESERVE the highest rating. Even my top favorite artists only produced a couple of items each that are 5-star worthy. "Live In Montreux" was a definite 5-star. Some might feel an entire concert recording with just one singer alone with his guitar would get boring, but with Mr. Gilberto, his soft vocals, gently strummed guitar, and those lovely bossa nova songs are enchanting, even mesmerizing.

Joao was about 73 years old at the time In Tokyo was made, but his style of singing is one where the effects of age are not too noticeable. Only on "Pra Que Discutir com Madame?" does he appear to get a bit lost, and there are a couple of minor stumbles elsewhere, but overall this CD is a great listening experience. There aren't quite as many "hits" here (see In Montreux for songs like "Girl From Ipanema" and "A Felicidade") but it's still a relatively magical performance. ... Read more


82. Composer of Desafinado Plays
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5-0 out of 5 stars After 35 years, this orchestral Jobim is better than ever!!
In 1964 I was fifteen years old and although I was tracking the Motown, Beachboys sounds and other popular music, I was fascinated with a new sound that my parents friends were into....The Bossa Nova, Samba sounds out of Brazil. I bought the LP and was immediately hooked. I loved the orchestral sounds and I really preferred Jobim without his vocals........ After moving on to cassettes and CD's, the old LP was somehow lost in my walk thru the next 35 somewhat turbulent years. Now at 50, I longed for those smooth Jobim sounds. That old album that I loved so has been reborn in a CD version. History has repeated itself. I love this sound even more today. This CD is worth it at twice the price !! Suddenly it is 1964 all over again. !!........Enjoy !!

5-0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites
I think this is the best Jobim album. Although it is not as popular as wave I think that not only does Jobim play better songs on this album, but he plays them better. This album plays most of Jobim's most famous and popular songs ( wave is the most obvious exception). the arrangements of these songs for the orchestra in the background are brilliant, and really give the album a different feel than many other bossa albums. Get this album if you like bossa nova, big band, Jobim, or you just want some music to chill to.

5-0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Is Not Enough!
One between my ten favorites(I have about 900 CDs). It's hard to me, press the open button of my cd player when this recording is running... What a sound!, what a music!, what arrangements!, style, creativity, genius. Sounds like a recording of the late 70's-was recorded in May 1963-.
Amazing!

5-0 out of 5 stars Romantic Portuguese bossa nova!
I had owned this recording in the 60s when the bossa nova was introduced into the U.S. I adored the beat and the beautiful melodies like "The Girl from Ipanema" and "Corcovado". This is an excellent transposition to CD. If you love to dance the bossa nova or you want a romantic evening at home, please buy this recording of Antonio Carlos Jobim. It's a gem!

5-0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic
Yes, all prior reviews are true and the historical context
is accurate. Bossa Nova was revolutionary and Jobim a genius
and I hope he is inducted into the Downbeat Jazz Hall of Fame soon, as one of the most brilliant of all composers of the 20th century. This CD is essential for all of us who love Bossa Nova and know it well. A word of caution, however, for our younger music lovers. Do not mischaracterize Bossa Nova based on this CD. This orchestratral approach became the basis for much/all of Muzak. And like so much of radical brilliance, became cliche'd. Every businessman who has travelled has also heard these arrangements in Holiday Inn bars all over the US, listen to "Girl from Ipanema" and mourn the passage of time. Some of the beautiful flute "improvisations", actually simple harmonies, are the basis for some of the most bland smooth so-called jazz today. Make sure you also explore CDs that are as impactful in simplicity today as in the 60s, so far truly timeless...An updated context. ... Read more


83. The Best of Eliane Elias, Vol. 1: Originals
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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I was so excited to see this album out! I am a huge Eliane Elias fan and this CD compiles many of her early recording that have now been discontinued. I loved this album and I know her fans will, too...Thanks!

5-0 out of 5 stars Eliane Elias fan for life!
I was so absolutely THRILLED about this "Best of" CD from Eliane!! I know all her fans will enjoy it. To me, she is THE most underrated artist that's out there. In fact, I created the very first fan site in her honor at: www.eliane.musicpage.com. I welcome everyone to visit the site and leave your thoughts and comments about this truly remarkable jazz musician. Thanks! ... Read more


84. Lake Perseverance
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5-0 out of 5 stars A living legend!
Mr. Romao is the best Brazilian drummer/percussionist ever. A living legend, at 76 he is also becoming a dancefloor star in Europe, after many years doing famous USA jazz dates with Ron Carter, Cannonball Adderley, Yusef Lateef and countless others. Not to mention his playing on the landmark "Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim" album. Oh, and he was also a member of Weather Report during their heyday! This new album features many young Brazilian talents such as Danilo Caymmi, Marcelo Salazar, Paula Faour, Jorge Pescara, Ithamara Koorax and Nani Palmeira. Highly recommended. ... Read more


85. Universal Language
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5-0 out of 5 stars "what a gem of a find!"
Interesting how I came upon this CD.I was listening to the local jazz station when I heard "Simply Begin" (containing a wonderfully melodic Gary Meek on Soprano).Immediately, I called the station and askedthe dj who this was.He replied Kevyn Lettau...but I said, "wait aminute, it sounded like a woman singing"!It took him two spellingattempts before I realized it was a woman!He also stated that I was thethird person inquiring about the song while it was still playing!Afterpurchasing the CD I found that this was one of those rare instances wherethe entire CD is woven with beautiful lyrics, catchy beats and surroundedby a sense of warmth.I highly recommend this CD!!!! ... Read more


86. A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness
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Amazon.com essential recording

When Astrud Gilberto (wife to the great singer and guitarist João Gilberto) sang the now-classic "The Girl from Ipanema" in 1964, she'd had no formal vocal training. It mattered little, as her laid-back sensuality overflowed through the song and propelled her on to several more musical projects. This 1966 collection with the small combo of organist Walt Wanderley, guitarist João Gilberto, bassist José Marino, and Claudio Slon on drums features Gilberto's reposed voice in such a seductive, warm light, one thinks they've died and gone to drink martinis in a Rio lounge. The album includes a mix of classic bossa nova tunes ("So Nice" and "Call Me") sung in both English and Portuguese. Astrud was as cool as a cucumber and her untrained, nonchalant grace gave her singing its unique charisma. It wasn't until the late 1980s that the world heard this sort of passive, detached persona again in the bewitching vocals of Cesaria Evora, proving once again that style and delivery are just as important as distinct vocal tone. Astrud Gilberto taught us great singers aren't made on a voice alone. --Karen K. Hugg ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of Astrud's and Walter's BEST U.S. albums!
... This album is full of wonderful Wanderley arrangements, inparticular, "Tristeza" and a completely differentarrangement of "Summer Samba" that begins in 3/4! Astrud's voice is definitely not overpowered by Wanderley's organ playing--which is always tasteful, throughout. If you are an Astrud or WW fan, you MUST have this album!

5-0 out of 5 stars A perfect blend of Astrud & Walter Wanderley
The person who stated that the guitarist on this album is Carlos Lyra is WRONG. I am Claudio Slon's discographer and I confirmed with him that the guitarist on the album was really Joao Gilberto. No one has made mention the fact that this album is comprised of all Walter Wanderley arrangments and they are SUPERB. Definitely one of the best U.S. albums either he or Astrud made. Especially listen to "Tristeza" & the "Summer Samba" arrangement that begins in 3/4! Fantastic album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I had this on vinyl for a very long time. (At an estate sale, I happened upon approximately 60 or so old Brazilian lp's, this being one of them.)

I finally purchased it on cd, and fell in love with it again. Typical Gilberto, and as usual, Wanderly does not fail to deliver the goods.

Also check out Verve's "Round Midnight" collection of Astrud, if only for "Non-Stop to Brazil" alone. That song never fails to please.

Now if I can only find her version of "Planes, Boats and Trains" on cd. Perhaps, if I had to choose, my favorite Astrud song of all time.

2-0 out of 5 stars 4 parts cheesy organ, 1 part Astrud's lovely voice
I disagree with the positive reviewers completely. I am a casual Astrud listener who unfortunately bought based on their reviews, and was let down. I just wanted Astrud's lovely voice with simple accompaniment. What I got was an organ drowning out her voice. I have since bought the Silver Collection, which I think will suit better most people wanting a casual listening experience where the emphasis is truly on her lovely, simple voice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Astrud's best album, no doubt.
No everything-including-the-kitchen-sink arrangements. Just Gilberto's lush voice, Wanderley's ace organ playing, solid drumming by Claudio Slon and some very welcome guitar by Carlos Lyra (NOT João Gilberto, like the cd booklet wildly guesses), along with a very good selection of songs, make up Astrud's best album. Why is this the best one? Because of the bare bones production, the fantastic playing and the good repertoire choice. It reveals what Astrud's really all about: a great pop singer. ... Read more


87. Desafinado
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5-0 out of 5 stars Tough to find.
You'll forgive the reviewer behind me who so foolishly referred to "Joao's death" several years ago. Folks, it is November of 2003 and Joao is still very much alive and kicking, and his voice is still as vibrant and singular as it ever was. He performs very rarely, though he did a small tour earlier this summer, and I flew up for the night to San Francisco to hear him play at the intimate Masonic Auditorium. He played and sang flawlessly without any accompaniment, and hypnotized the audience.
This album, and most of Joao's earliest recordings, are unbelievably hard to find. I finally gave up and downloaded them all from Kazaa. This collection, titled "Desafinado", includes the earliest songs which constituted what would eventually be called bossa nova, most importantly "Chega de Saudade" and "Outra Vez." Fans of his 2 early albums with Stan Getz will recognize "Corcovado", "Desafinado", "O Pato", "Rosa Morena", and several others in their original versions. Also notable on these early recordings is that you will hear Joao Gilberto singing with a touch of vibrato, which he very quickly eradicated from his style after these recordings were made. The two highlights on this album for me are the two ballads "Coisa Mais Linda" and "Insensatez", two quintessential examples of Jobim's style of songwriting. Some of these tunes also find Jobim leading a small understated orchestra behind Joao. These recordings, and about 20 others, can be found on "The Legendary Joao Gilberto", a CD that is--surprise, surprise--out of print. Someone needs to get on the ball.

5-0 out of 5 stars Peak Performance
I have always been a fan of Bossa Nova and love it still with "older" recordings of Luis Bonfa, Antonio "Tom" Jobim, Astrud Gilberto, Jaoa Gilberto's first wife, Stan Getz, and of course Joao G. himself. Unfortunately, while Joao's early recordings remain luminously evanescent [ya' know-brilliantly swell![ he did not age well. Joao died a few years ago and his voice simply did not age well, altho his guitar playing remained terrific. This album consists of his early recordings, his voice is sweet and lyrical, and these particular songs were "sweetened, strings or trombone or piano added in a studio, but I love it. In fact I prefer these sweetened versions because the arrangements and musicianship is wonderful. A must have for your Bossa collection!

5-0 out of 5 stars High Time For Listening To Good Music
Sometimes it's necessary for a human being to feel lonely. It's because of some peculiarities of the psyche. Not to craze your should be for a little in complete solitude... That is what in my humble opinion this perfect album is intended for. Yes. For listening to it in solitude... ... Read more


88. Blue Brazil
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5-0 out of 5 stars Jazz, Brazilian style
Fans of jazz will appreciate the different take here, as will fans of Brazilian music. It is a very nice, eclectic collection; very enjoyable for the music lover. Out of several collections of Bazilian music I have listened to, it is the most jazz oriented.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jazz, Brazilian style
Fans of jazz will appriciate the different take here, as will fans of Brazilian music. It is a very nice, eclectic collection; very enjoyable for the music lover. Out of several collections of Bazilian music I have listened to, it is the most jazz oriented.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic MPB and Bossa Nova
I cannot believe it took me this long to "discover" this CD. It is remarkable with terrific tracks and a seemingly natural flowing feel about it. From the opening track, you are transported to Brazil and have the feel of the music and the inspiration of the new movement and the next generation of Brazilian musicians and stars.

The biggest standout track to me is Joyce's "Aldeia de Ogum". It displays her range and the shows how she could use her voice as an instrument just like the other top divas of Sarah Vaugh and Flora Purim. Other notable artists were Edu Lobo, Marcos Valle, Eumir Deodoto and Milton Banana Trio.

After giving it a listen, you wonder why Sergio Mendes version of Ponteio wasn't included. But it doesn't stop you from enjoying it. I recommend this CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stunner of an album
This inspiring, romp of an album never let's up! The corny cover of a Carmen Miranda with fruit bowl hat is not a good indication of the quality of the music which is seriously brilliant (and there are no Carmen Miranda songs). Joyce's dazzling, virtuosic, "Aldea de ogum" is a standout track but this collection of rare material from the 1960s to the 1990s is remarkable for its consistent high quality. "Blue Brazil" belongs with other essential Brazilian compilation CDs like "Canta Brazil -The Great Brazilian Songbook" and "Beleza Tropical 1".

5-0 out of 5 stars Right out of the top drawer, I defy you not to enjoy this.
An absolutely fantastic cd. Anyone with an interest in Brazilian music should buy this. Bluenote has done us a service once more by unearthing these tracks and putting them together. It comes from the Bossa Nova period, but is really pumping, jazzy, danceable stuff. Buy it and you'll understand. ... Read more


89. Carmin
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2003 album from Brazilian singer, her third in which sheexpresses her Brazilian roots. There are more songs inPortuguese than her previous albums, & the music willappeal to a more international audience due to the superbblend of bossa, gypsy jazz & modern grooves. 13 tracks.Digipak. Saravah. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars What a great singer.... Beautiful voice and songs.
I love BIA... First time, I listened her at NPR and I went and bought the CD on the same day... She sings in Spanish, French, Portuguese and English...

She deserves more propaganda... Her voice is beautiful and her songs are so rich and enchanting. She also got songs from a Brazilian singer/compositor, Chico Buarque and translated them to French and English..

If you got a chance to listen to Brazilian music before and liked, you'll for sure love her... I wish Amazon.com could include previews of her songs in here...

I'll be waiting for her show here in Dallas/TX ... Read more


90. Brazilliance, Vol. 2
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91. Rio Revisited
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4-0 out of 5 stars Imaginative Arrangements and Two Peerless Performers
Those of us whose hearts are stirred by the music of Brasil, whose breath comes a little short when the lush arrangements of Claus Ogerman swell behind vocals sung in Portugese, and whose eyes become just a little watery as the unique joy/sadness of love is captured in music will love this record.

The arrangements are not Ogerman's but pay tribute to them while permitting the listener a raised eyebrow here and there. The compositions are Jobim's, and therefore without peer. Finally, the voices are those of the composer himself and of Gal Costa, herself without peer as a vocalist and as a performer of Brasilian music. With all these elements in place, what could stand in the way of a special performance?

Nothing. This is an essential for any Brasilian collection. ... Read more


92. Amor!: The Fabulous Guitar of Luiz Bonfa
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93. Blue Note Plays Jobim [2005]
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94. Best Of Chesky Classics & Jazz & Audiophile Test Disc, Vol. 3
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5-0 out of 5 stars Better than the previous
This CD, with its high resolution 128 times oversampling technology is better in terms of sound quality than the two previous chesky sampler and test CD. It gives you an idea of what to expect of various chesky artists and their CDs. It's a good CD to have when evaluating a system. Buy it. ... Read more


95. Trovador
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After a tenure in Sergio Mendez's Brazil '99, Brazilian vocalist Kleber Jorge struck off on his own and took a page from his former boss's playbook with him. Here the songwriter mixes catchy pop melodies, highly polished jazz arrangements and the rhythmic underpinning of bossa nova and other Latin rhythms, comfortably fitting it all into the MPB genre (Brazilian pop music). Jorge ups the ante with a warm, slightly nasal voice that recalls the sensual groan of Vinicius Cantuaria while steadfastly sticking to his own music's pop leanings. His second album, Trovador is actually a slightly revamped version of 1999's Voltar pro Rio, with some of the fat (two songs in English) trimmed off and adds some muscle. Of the 11 songs, the English language "Camera" isn't Jorge's best work. Stronger are such gems as the newly added "Tarde Morna," the impossibly infectious "Valtar Pro Rio" and the bossa nova-leaning "Assim Nao Da." Definitely something for fans of modern Brazilian pop. --Tad Hendrickson ... Read more


96. Bossa Nova
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece
This CD is a masterpiece by any standards, 11 of the 12 tracks are fabulous, I was so impressed by this CD I then purchased Rio After Dark which was terrible it had only 1 good song. My Brazilian song collection is enormous, and believe me when I tell you, you will not find a better collection than the tracks on this awesome CD. PS If you had to know, song #4 was the only bummer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Drive and soul of Brasilian
Simply fine record. Sound, music, emotions and so on...

5-0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Collection of Songs
Ana Caram has a beautiful voice and does a wonderful job of interpreting the songs of Antonio Carlos Jobim, who was Brazil's greatest composer. Most of the songs on this CD were written by Jobim and they are lush and sensual. Before I purchased this CD, I had never heard of Ana Caram (I was familiar with Astrud Gilberto and Elis Regina, two of Brazil's most famous singers). Now I know of another great singer! This CD is a "sure thing."

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite CDs!
A must for lovers of Brazilian music. This is a fine example of the care and taste that has become a hallmark for Chesky records. What could be just another collection of Bossa Nova is instead a fresh, updated, and yet faithful, revisitation of a classic form. The well known Garota de Ipanema (The Girl from Ipanema) takes on an especially sophisticated air with the silky and sparse arrangement that augments Caram's seductive style. Rather than the morning-jaunt feel of the hit from the sixties, here the tempo is slowed to one more reminiscent of the languid late afternoon return from the beach into the dense blocks crowding the Ipanema shore, skin glowing, awakening for the evening. From this dream state to the upbeat and playful O Pato, this CD covers the Bossa Nova spectrum with admirable intelligence.

Impeccable musicianship throughout, some of the finest recording technology on the planet, Jobim classics, Ana Caram's wonderfully luxuriant voice -- what more could you ask for? Perhaps to be listening to it live, caiperinha in hand, tongitsas in view, sun going down over Leblon ....

But that's another story! ... Read more


97. Millennium
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must from a Master
It sure took a while, but Universal Brazil has finally dipped into its Joao Donato holdings for a non-bootleg CD release. How does one accurately sum up the great Mr. D? An individualistic and brilliant veteran of Rio's bossa nova-jazz wars whose style, consisting of highly melodic and harmonically-sophisticated interpolations of various styles from Brazil's vast musical repertoire, done up in a jazz-infused style that wouldn't shame Monk, Tatum or Powell, yet always bearing traces of Afro-Cuban-derived rhythmic values. Always a highly-distinctive composer, his approach proved too progressive for Rio's nightclub patrons of the 50s, much to the dismay of Donato's fellow musicians. He ended up fleeing the country for California in 1959 in search of work and found himself at the cutting-edge of Latin Jazz, playing with Mongo Santamaria, Cal Tjader and others. Two-thirds of the tracks on this compilation are taken from a pair of stunning instrumental albums he recorded over a two-week period during a visit back to Brazil in 1964. They feature a combination of originals and bossa nova hits recorded in a piano-trio-plus-percussion format, lending a striking mambo-rumba-cha-cha flavor to the proceedings, and making for absolutely essential Latin-Jazz-Brazilian listening. The remaining third of the selections, all with vocals, come from 1975's superb and long-deleted "Lugar Comum" album, mostly co-written by and featuring Gilberto Gil. These tracks are catchy, smooth, joy-inducing mid-70s MPB, guaranteed to put smiles on faces at any party or get-together. This whole album needs to be reissued! In the meantime, this collection is a godsend, and is just about the ideal introduction to this enigmatic, innovative and beloved musician, whose classic work is slowly starting to resurface at long las on CD. ... Read more


98. Homage to Jobim: Live at the Fujitsu-Concord 26th Jazz Festival
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99. Luiz Bonfa Plays and Sings Bossa Nova
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2-0 out of 5 stars A SNOOZE
This might be nice easy-listening dinner-party music if you are looking for something with a retro flavor, but that's about it. I was very disappointed in this CD... and there aren't many Brazilian CD's I can say that about.

5-0 out of 5 stars He's The MAN!
Oh, this album is so satisfying. Especially the 2nd track: "Vem So (Come Here My Love)", a great love song. On this album Bonfa's guitar playing is elegant and simple, and the orchestrations by Lalo Schifrin extremely romantic. It covers many styles, with one song reminding me of Joao Gilberto and another of Henry Mancini. This album is one of the great legacies of 1960s bossa nova. Sweet, romantic and totally hip.

5-0 out of 5 stars The greatest guitarist ever; possibly the best musician too!
Sometimes a recording is more than just beautiful music. There are albums in my collection who (which) I seriously consider my friends. These are the ones I hung out with every day for countless months or years, and, when I listen to them again, they remind be of a certain emotion of those days. These are the albums that last a lifetime. "Composer of Black Orpheus plays and sings Bossa Nova" is one of these albums, and one of my best friends.

Luiz Bonfa is a fantastic musician - a fact revealed in this album. As the title suggests, Luiz Bonfa both plays and sings for this recording - a rare treat for any Bossa Nova fan. But this is not for a select few; everybody who hears this album likes this album. It's simply beautiful music that you can listen to any time. On a sunny day, Bonfa's unrivaled guitaring (complimented by funky Brasilian percussion, Jobim-esque piano, the pure tones of Maria Toledo, and occasional, unobtrusive strings) will convince you that you've arrived in 60s Rio. During winter, Bonfa's warm, unpretentious singing is the perfect pick-me-up.

These days it seems to be so hard to find classically trained guitarists sensitive to melody and timbre; and it is equally as hard to find jazz musicians who aren't tempted to play every note in the scale available to them (and sometimes those notes that aren't available). But, while he crosses over both realms, Luiz Bonfa is neither classical guitarist, nor jazz player. In "Composer..." there are some of the most wonderful melodies ever created, the themes expounded beautifully without ever being repetitious. In all of Bonfa's albums, it seems there is a different version of his most famous composition "Manha De Carnaval". This album contains one of the best, displaying Bonfa's incredible gifts in reworking a theme until it becomes perfection. The sixth track, "Silencio Do Amor" is one of the greates songs in existence; so finely balanced between the early verses, in which we hear Bonfa's gentle singing, and the later verses when only his guitar is heard.

Really, all tracks on "Composer..." are beyond easy description. Only the greatest poets could express what one feels when listening to this music. There is something magical in Luiz Bonfa, something that translates only to the heart and that tingly area which is what, I suppose, they call a "soul". ... Read more


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4-0 out of 5 stars Old-fashioned, '70s-style Brazilian jazz fusion
Rio-born, San Francisco-based vocalist Claudia Villela scats and croons her way through a fine set of glossy, '70s-fusion tinged tunes, very reminiscent of Flora Purim's work with Airto Moreira and their modern jazz clique.Multi-instrumentalist Ricard Peixoto guides an able, retro-oriented band.Jazz elder Toots Thielemans plays his harmonica on a couple of tunes, lending an air of utter authenticity to the proceedings.This style isn't for everyone (I'm personally not fond of it), although the musicianship is of a high calibre; Villela is most striking on more focused, conventional melodies, although her uptempo scatting produces several dazzling passages, with lightning-fast phrasing that puts her at the top of the game.Several tunes are a bit meandering and tinny, but others have real lyrical depth.Fans of old-school fusion will be dazzled to hear the music alive and well in the new century; other listeners may want to tread more lightly.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece
The composition, the musicianship, the overall mood. All brilliant. There are portions which are exuberant. Other parts will make you cry. It's a work of genius. ... Read more


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