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101. Bossa Carioca
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Greatest Hits Compilation of the Japanese Bossa Nova Artist. Throughout the Years, Lisa Hasestablished a Favorable Reputation in Japan and Brazil ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Dance to Lisa Ono
I discovered Lisa Ono a few years ago when one of her songs was included on a compilation album. I couldn't get her sound out of her head, but I couldn't find any of her CD's here in the US. Then a few summers ago I traveled to Taiwan, where she is a big star, (via influence from Japan) and bought every Lisa Ono CD I could find. Wish she was more well known here! She has such a special, unique voice. It's straight and smooth on the surface, but underneath there are hidden depths of phrasing that create such a pleasing sound. This CD is one of my favorites. It's very clean and rhythmic, with lots of upbeat tracks that are guaranteed to make you feel happy. When I first bought the album, I played "Samba do Soho" about a hundred times and couldn't stop dancing to it! What a great song. "So Danco Samba" is one of my other favorites. The arrangements are so perfectly put together, not one note is out of place. I wish everyone could discover Lisa Ono...we are missing out on a great voice! ... Read more


102. Getz/Gilberto #2
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2-0 out of 5 stars When is less more?
Why did they have to screw it up?

The vinyl recording is far better. This CD issue, which adds five cuts, is so much less pleasant to listen to because of all the unnecessary and distracting "chatter." Three of the Getz-only numbers are among my favorites--"Grandfather's Waltz," "Tonight I Shall Sleep with a Smile on my Face," and "Here's That Rainy Day"--so I was particularly disappointed to find that, in order to listen to them on CD, I had to put up with all the non-music garbage.

Too bad!

3-0 out of 5 stars No Comparison to the Getz/Gilberto Album
I think you have to be a native from Brazil, and a Bossa Nova lover (like me), to identify something in these live recordings that most Americans accustomed to jazz rhythms won't notice. I am talking about the awkward way João Gilberto performs the songs of this album. It is very different from the way he sings and plays the guitar in the classic Getz/Gilberto album, and I think the reason is that here he is being accompanied by jazz musicians who don't know how to play the samba rhythm correctly. It sounds like Gilberto is simplifying the rhythm and slowing down everything. This makes these recordings no comparison to the Getz/Gilberto album. The tracks by Stan Getz alone are ok.

5-0 out of 5 stars Favorite cd of all time
I got this album about 7 years ago and from the first time I listened to it, it took its place as my all-time favorite. It was my introduction to samba and my inspiration to search for more jazz for my cd collection.

The music is so versatile and comforting - it is a perfect complement to whatever mood I'm in, be it upbeat or somewhat sad. It is complex but not too challenging to listen to like some other jazz can be. It does not get old or boring to me.

Other reviewers have simply compared this album to others in the genre, but I would rather think of it standing on its own as a wonderful introduction for someone who doesn't have much jazz in their collection, and a must-have for those who do.

3-0 out of 5 stars too much audience participation
Ever since purchasing Jazz Samba I've been on a Bossa Nova quest. This is one I'll be trading in mainly becuase of the editing of the recording. Too much emphasis was placed in giving the feeling that you are there in the audience. In fact the applause and the overly modulated announcer are so loud and distracting it takes you away from the enjoyment of the music. This would be a good album if you just cut out all those wasted moments and just had the music.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a sequel
A previous review provided some interesting biographical information, but was a bit off-base regarding the musical contents. Getz and the Gilbertos do play together on 5 of the album's 15 songs, including beautiful versions of Corcovado and The Girl from Ipanema.

Getz/Gilberto is better. But the individual sets here from the two masters have their quiet charms. And Astrud's singing rarely has been heard to better effect. Definitely worth picking up. ... Read more


103. Classic Guitar
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104. Live in the Netherlands
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4-0 out of 5 stars WOW
I order music for Athens County Library System and I had ordered this CD. Wow, I had just recently heard Toots on NPR's Piano Jazz. What an artist. I remembered how much I enjoy hearing a great jazz harmonica. ... Read more


105. Chesky Records Jazz Sampler & Audiophile Test Compact Disc, Vol. 1
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106. Per Amore
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Re-issue of an Album Where Zizi Performs Various Italian Songs. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Zizzi Bossa Nova is your THING!
Singing in Italian language or Napolitan Dialect is not your thing woman. Singing in those two languages you sound more like Amalia Rodrigures (the Portuguese Diva) singing her old melodic FADOS. The difference is that Amalia does good work singing FADO and she does it with her soul, because Portuguese is her language and FADO was her life. Come on Zizzi, Italian or Napolitan are not your first languages and Portuguese is. So do what you do the best: Singing Bossa Nova and do it in your first language that is PORTUGUESE. I love you in Portuguese but I detest your voice and accent in Italian or Napolitan. Like said before you sound more like Amalia Rodrigues singing old FADOS when you sing in Italian. I wish I could give ZERO STAR to this CD. ... Read more


107. Cameo
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"Voo Doo Chicken," "Ve" and "Glad Rap" showcase Cooling's fascination for Brazilian music, but at the same time she's able to incorporate her stinging , modern style of guitar-playing faintly reminiscent of Emily Remler. Plus, Cooling is a good singer as well. She clearly has what it takes to develop her artistry and record more fine, programmable sides. We're knocked out." - the Gavin Report ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It's a Brazillian smooth breeze!!!
Here comes a real great Brazilian breeze. Joyce Cooling, contemporary fusion guitar master, also did had an especial time sharing with her Brazilian friends long time ago. Cameo brings you finest Brazilian groove long after its first release. Jay Wagner of VIVA BRAZIL and Joyce, with their finest combination, created a Brazilian AOR classics. Highlight of this album is " It's you", recently known as club classic hit in UK and Japan. Just relax and listen to a long awaited smooth grooves. ... Read more


108. Beat the Donkey
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5-0 out of 5 stars A brave hybrid . . .
. . . if somewhat difficult to get into. Thus, the conflicted--may one say, niggardly--reviews.

What's going on here? World metal? Loosy-goosy Brazilian vocal weirdness mapped onto some crazed world-jazz aesthetic? I don't know, and I don't care. It took me three complete listens to get on board with the vibe here (which is, admitedly, out there), but once on board I was a--thank goodness!!--convert. Romero Lubambo, esp., rocks. The percussive soundscapes defy imagining.

Listen. You've got to set aside all expectations. I, too, was hoping for Vira Loucas bettered. I, too, was initially disappointed with the strange-sounding vibe, something I don't quite think I've ever encountered before.

Just trust Cyro--he knows best. Just go with the--to these ears, at least--rather remarkable flow. Set aside all expectations.

You won't be sorry.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but I liked Vira Loucos a little better. 3.5 stars
Some stellar musicians on this CD as well as his earlier Vira Loucos album - featuring the music of Villa Lobos. Great art-work and recorded well, I must admit. I haven't seen the live act - and if I had, perhaps I'd like the music a little more... I'd actually give it 3.5 stars...

5-0 out of 5 stars Magic
I had the absolute pleasure to see this band live...They have the power in form of music and transported me to magic moments for the whole time the show last...I could've use another hour of live music...Well, them I purchase the CD...Could not be a better experience...Definitelly two magic moments.

4-0 out of 5 stars Better live...
...but what ensemble wouldn't be enhanced by Zorn and Ribot's frenetic wailing (or so I heard them play at Tonic, Dec 2002).

This extraordinary group of percussionists led by everybody's favorite latino, Cyro, blew me away. The CD is nicely produced (thanks Tzadik) and has found its way into my permanent rotation. Hardcore metal rifs mingle with plucky guitar and vocals.

Don't miss this group if they're playing near you. But in the meantime, purchase this CD and smile. ... Read more


109. Brazil - Roots - Samba
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5-0 out of 5 stars the real deal
Ironic that the North American music fan mentions Beth Carvalho as THE person to listen to in samba - if he'd paid more attention, he'd notice she sings on this album, and even contributes a lead on the final song!

As she sings, "Samba suffers, but it doesn't die" - suffers at the hands of ignorant reviewers, for one thing! Carvalho's respect for the true legends and masters of her chosen musical form is well-known. I am sure she would disapprove in the strongest terms of being used as an example of why one should "avoid" the great singers and songs on this timeless compilation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Let Me Join The Bandwagon
After reading everybody's reviews, I will have to also chime in and say that the reviewer from "somewhere in North America" was absolutely wrong. The other reviewers were definitely right on point. This is one of the best (and most authentic) samba CD's you will ever listen to. You can really feel the heart and soul that was put into it and the raw, non-commercial, natural power that each artist exhibited. This is definitely worth checking out because it is very difficult to find good, authentic samba that is not over stereotyped by Carnaval and catered toward American tourists.

5-0 out of 5 stars Let me explain the bad review
I agree with the majority of reviews here. This is a super samba CD, it's the real stuff. But the reason "A music fan from North America" didn't like it is because the guys on the record maybe don't have the most gorgeous voices in the world--they just have perfect voices for what they do. This is real, authentic street-side samba. Their voices are a bit rough sometimes, but they are fantastic nonetheless.

5-0 out of 5 stars Disregard Music Fan of North American, Listen to lucasrod
I have been enjoying 'a musica Brasileira' since 1971. This CD is one of the best I have ever heard and is one of my favorites of the >100 Brazilian CDs in my collection. A problem with much popular vocal music in the United States is that the industry has selected for a very narrow range of what it considers to be commercially viable. Someone with a voice like Chico Buarque or Tom Ze would not be considered viable here. And what a pity to get so much stuff like Brittany Spears. Anyway, the songs on this CD are great. This is one of those CDs that I have never tired of. I believe all these songs and more are also found on the Monarch import called A Velha Guarda da Portela. For me, this is a comfort CD. One of those you put on just because it makes you feel good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sorry for you...
Mr. Music fan of North America, don`t be so ignorant. If you don`t know this kind of music, don`t buy it, and don`t criticize. The singers sing "off" because it`s a peculiarity of samba. That`s what Bob Marley said "Don`t criticize what you don`t understand". And it is not a poor representation of samba. It`s the best, or one of the best. Don`t even try to argue, I`m brazilian and I know what I`m talking about. ... Read more


110. Ao Vivo: Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar [Sony Latin]
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4-0 out of 5 stars There is beauty in simplicity
"Ao Vivo" ("live") is proof that there is beauty in simplicity. João Gilberto is featured here with only his "voz e violao", that is, voice and guitar. His masterful playing of the guitar and his singing that defined the bossa nova movement are a welcome respite in the predominance of mediocrity in popular music today. That several of the songs in this album were written by Antonio Carlos Jobim is no accident. Jobim was the quintessential bossa nova songwriter; Gilberto was his eloquent messenger.

The only drawback on this CD is its lack of liner notes and the careless editing and sequencing of the tracks. Don't let that deter you, though. What really matters is João Gilberto's music.

Whether you understand Portuguese or not is not the question. If you can appreciate sincerity, simplicity and lyricism, then you will appreciate "Ao Vivo" for it speaks to your heart in a language that anyone can understand.

"Ao Vivo" is simply a beautiful album.3-0 out of 5 stars Good, But Not Up To Joao's High Standards
As a follower of Joao's since the mid-'60s, I still had no idea this one was out there -- and has been since '95, apparently (blush).

I was tipped off, raced to get it, and home to spin it. It's Joao, alright, and he's got to be around 70. (Because I'm 60.) The oxymoronish, incredible "masculine intimacy" of Joao's voice prevails, reigns, and his unique guitar chords are marvelously, innovatively all over the place. His beat is inimitable, as always. Just Joao and his guitar. The way it should be.

It's a Sony production. No liner notes (too bad). Cover says "it's live." ("Ao vivo"). Yet there was applause following some songs, a certain indication of "live"; but no intermittent anything on others. Yes, in several places he goes right from one song into the next -- a trilogy or two or three -- as designed.

Biggest disappointment: Raggedy technical transitions from the endings of some songs to the beginnings of the next in (too) many instances. Not Joao's fault. Clumsy studio engineering, in my humble opinion. Makes me think he had no control over the production of this CD. His standards are lofty. Impeccable. It's like someone taped it, ran out the door, and put a CD out in a week, unbeknownst to Joao.

Still, da man's da man (and part musical god). Now if he and his equally sexy-sounding daughter, Gebel Gilberto, (she with her own neat, nifty, new, soft, sensuous [if over-engineered] CD "Tanto Tempo") would team up on, say, a duet CD combining, overlapping, intertwining "Este Se Olhar" with "Sim, Promesas Fiz" and some other guy/gal standards, wow! Que coisa! :-)

Meanwhile, this'll do as a sunset salute to a great career. Thanks for the inspiration and memories, Joao! Voce e ainda de mais!

5-0 out of 5 stars Really Great
This is one of the best albums performed by Joao. It's sound, live, remined you what beatiful is the brazilian music, and what does it means the human voice as a musical instrument

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm a very big fan of Joao Gilberto! This is my favourite CD
This is the music that drived me crazy for Bossa Nova and all brazilian music. The voice and the guitar of Joao Gilberto are the real essence of music. The album is full of brazilian classics, among the 18 songs of the CD I'd like to draw your attention to the wonderful arrangement of "Estate", composed by Bruno Martino, thank you Joao for all your music! ... Read more


111. Mambo No. 5
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112. Dreamtales
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113. A Jazz Romance - A Night In With Verve
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Reaching deep into its cavernous vaults, Verve has extracted a richbountiful of moody and sentimental jazz, perfect for those long, expectantevenings or those equally long, rain-filled days. Nicely packaged withnostalgic, sepia-toned photographs on both the box and each individual CD, AJazz Romance contains nearly 60 songs guaranteed to set a distinctly low- keyed mood, equal parts sultry and sad. The vast majority of the material isfrom bygone days of the '40s and '50s, with the more recent entries retainingthat flavor. The four discs are entitled In Dreams, Ever,Believing, and Always. They're rather interchangeable, sharingmany of the same artists and each having as many vocals as instrumentals, yeteach does have some distinction from the others.

In Dreams features the great saxophones of Johnny Hodges on "The LastTime I Saw Paris" and Ben Webster on "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning."Ever has marvelous versions of "My Man" by Sarah Vaughn and "The Shadowof Your Smile" by Dexter Gordon. Believing contains a contemporaneousversion of "Some Other Time" by guitarist Mark Whitfield and Diana Krall, alongwith an outstanding example of Rahsaan Roland Kirk's versatility on "Alfie."Always, perhaps the dreamiest of the lot, has Chet Baker on "AloneTogether," Illinois Jacquet on "Star Dust," and Stan Getz doing "Thanks for theMemories." Concentrating exclusively on the romantic side of jazz, thiscompilation contains an abundance of subtle, emotional music offering greatlistening in addition to setting the all-important mood. --Wally Shoup ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An absolutely stunning collection
Ballads, I believe, are the real test of musicianship. And this collection has a judicious and delicious selection which is perhaps the best balanced one I know featuring the all time great moments - Clifford Brown's treatment of Rodgers and Harts Where or When will bring tears to your eyes - as well as quirky less known works - If the Moon Turns Green sung by Billy Holiday - the "old", Ben Webster, along with the "new" Mark Whitfield. Please don't think this is or should be "background" music. You only have to listen to Bill Evans playing with Paul Motian and Gary Peacock on CD1 to realise this is a collection of some of the greatest moments in 20th Century music, regardless of genre.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
This selection contains a bunch of great cuts and a few that I could live without, especially the Blossom Dearie tracks. However, as opposed to most collections with weak tracks, this one flows along so well that it is a pleasure to put all four CDS on and let it play in the background on a quiet evening "In." I prefer the companion 4 CD set called "A Night Out with Verve." I would recommend "Out" over "In."

5-0 out of 5 stars Jazz novice opinion
I am a complete novice when it comes to Jazz. Don't know much about it except that I enjoy it. I have to say this set of CD's is a great mood-setter. Definitely softens the atmosphere and relaxes the body and soul. Great music for a night of serenity and romance

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific Sampling of Wonderful Performances
I put this cd set on my Amazon wishlist, and was very pleased to get it as a gift from my lover. All the old familiar songs, together with songs that I think I remember from my childhood, transport me to space where romance and sentmentality feel like comfortable old wool sweater. Think I'll just sit back... sip some good hot coffee..and hope the boyfriend joins me on the couch

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Follow-up to 'A Night Out with Verve' box
Beautiful. Billie Holiday blends seamlessly into Dinah Washington into Johnny Hodges into... this four box is the perfect background atmosphere for your swank cocktail party or that evening of candlelight romance. The compilers have collected a remarkable selection of music from classic Verve jazz heavyweights like Elle and Louie, Sarah Vaughan, Clifford Brown, Coleman Hawkins to, surprisingly, a few lesser known French artists such as Michael Legrand (who wrote the score for the French film 'Les Parapluies De Cherbourg') and Laura Fygi. This is a highly recommended classic jazz collection that will beautifully compliment your romantic evening in and will fit nicely into any classic jazz lovers music collection. ... Read more


114. Latin Jazz: The Essential Album
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115. Bola Sete at the Monterey Jazz Festival
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Nine months before a certain other guitarist made a huge splash at a Monterey music festival, Brazilian acoustic guitarist Bola Sete left his own mark on an American jazz audience still feeding its voracious appetite for all things Brazilian. To be sure, Bola Sete didn't sneak up on the American public quite like Jimi Hendrix did--after all, Sete had made waves as part of Vince Guaraldi's ensemble in the years leading up to this historic 1966 performance. The classically trained Sete wowed fans with a unique style that seemed to fall somewhere between Andrés Segovia's elegance and Django Reinhardt's exuberance, a space not as wide as you might think. By the summer of '66, Sete had graduated to his own trio with bassist Sebastião Neto and percussion master Paulinho Da Costa.

The centerpiece of this performance is the three-song "Black Orpheus Medley," but Sete adds a pair of noteworthy originals. "Soul Samba" has subtle blues inflections that remind you that Barney Kessel was the first jazz guitarist to catch his ear. "Flamenco" is a simply stunning solo performance that blends challenging chording with incredibly speedy single-note runs, and offers the most overt example of his comfort with the folk traditions of his homeland. At some points, he amazingly plays his own bass accompaniment to his upper-register notes. This long-overdue 2000 CD reissue fleshes out the original LP release by adding 4 minutes to the medley as well as 2 unreleased cuts (with poorer sound quality) from the show, including a bossa nova arrangement of Ellington's "Satin Doll." --Marc Greilsamer ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars BOLA SETE AT THE MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL
This is a long overdue and terrific album by Bola Sete. I remember listening to some of his recordings during the 1950's in Cuba and I believe he traveled to Havana and performed on Cuban television. He was well known and admired everywhere. I'm glad I wrote to Fantasy Records in late 1996 or early 1997 and requested they release Bola's recordings with Vince Guaraldi on CD format. In 1998 the CD "From All Sides" with Vince and Bola was released. I'm glad to see it started a "revival" or re-issues of his recordings here and elsewhere. Bola Sete was and still is my favorite Brazilian guitarist and musician. His musical concepts and arrangements paved the way for the Bossa Nova. "Bola Sete Live at the 1966 Monterey Jazz Festival" is a special treat to all of us who saw and heard him perform in the "good old days". I'm also very happy that we have heard from Anna Sette and that she reviewed this great CD re-issue on my birthday, May 26! What a beautiful coincidence! At long last we can enjoy Bola's great recordings!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fiery latin jazz under the stars
I can only imagine what it must have been like to be in the audience at the Monterey Fairgrounds in September of 1966(I wasn't since I wasn't born yet! )when this amazing performance was recorded. The energy is so immediate and intense that it's hard to believe that there's only three musicians playing here. Sete plays along side bassist Sebastiao Neto and drummer Paulinho DaCosta, then relatively unknown but today is one of the most recorded musicians in history, look at the credits of any major album recorded in the last twenty five years, and you'll probably find his name. This long out of print album is back with three unreleased tracks and sounds wonderful. A must have if you love Brazilian jazz.

5-0 out of 5 stars Comments by Anne Sete
05-25-00: This is an amazing album, out of print for 30 years. It represents the peak of Bola's playing of the Brazilian/American Jazz milieu. It is a classic recording. /It even has Bola speaking on the CD! Buy it while it's available. ... Read more


116. Brasilidade
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Bossacucanova's debut, Revisited Classics, was proof that samba and bossa nova are timeless music. There's more of the same on their sophomore release, but the addition of bossa original Roberto Menescal brings added authority to a sound that can add subtle dance-floor beats and textures to the work of Jobim (including a very soulful take on "The Girl from Ipanema," or "Garota de Ipanema," as it's called here) and the Tamba Trio. It's all done so well that telling the difference between the vintage tunes and modern originals is impossible, while the programming seamlessly gives some gentle, funky oomph to the innately irresistible rhythms. Singer Cris Delano offers some sensual vocals to make the hips glide, sailing over languorous melodies. It's all as relaxing and warm as a day on the Rio beach. The song might not remain the same, but the feeling is eternal. --Chris Nickson ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
I bought this album at the same time as Bebel Gilberto's "Tanto Tempo", and i have to say i like Bebel's CD a lot better. This one is good, dont get me wrong, but it just doesnt grab me the way "Tanto Tempo" does. This album has more acoustic instruments and live playing, while the Bebel album is more sampled and electronic/minimal. "Brasilidade" to me sounds more traditional and more like a live band, while it has less of the loungey atmospheric electronics i liked in "Tanto Tempo". A good album, but one i play about half as much as Bebel's.

5-0 out of 5 stars this one flew under my radar!
We as a whole...as a society, are class warriors. Exteneding out even to music. We don't things a chance because of pressure from others. Then one day, we get a peek behind the curtain and see what we are made to miss. We must let things in. Or stay stagnant. This album is one that should be let in and kept in constant rotation in your stereo.
Very good stuff.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great!!
Bossacucanova puts on modern day arrangements to classic bossa nova tunes. Great addition to anyone's bossa nova collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bossa with a twist
Although I like "Revisited", this is the better of the two albums. "Brasilidade" has taken Getz, Gilberto, Jobim and others and mixed them in a catchy way to bring Bossa Nova of the 60's right into the new century. The songs are alive, fresh and full or energy.

5-0 out of 5 stars what a great pick-me-up
This cd is the upest-sounding, groovinest thing I've heard since... well, maybe ever. I have difficulty getting past the first 4 tracks only because they are so good: I keep replaying them, as if they were a bossa suite. These may be old songs, but they sound anything but old. I have to agree with the other reviewer: this 2nd offering from Bossacucanova far surpasses their 1st. ... Read more


117. Samba Jazz Fantasia
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5-0 out of 5 stars speechless
there are no words for this album. brilliant, exciting, riviting, seemless and hot do not come close to discribing the art of this album, something that can be either the centerpiece of a party because of it's dynamic range, or the underscore to a relaxing evening at home. this album is extremely versatile. ten thumbs up.

5-0 out of 5 stars Samba to die for
Duduka Da Fonseca, percussionist in the remarkable Trio da Paz, has recorded perhaps--no, certainly--the ultimate samba album.

First off, he's assembled maybe the Latin jazz ensemble of the century. How do you get Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, David Sanchez, John Scofield, Kenny Werner, Romero Lubambo, Claudio Roditi, Billy Drewes, Dennis Irwin, Jay Ashby, Eddie Gomez, Helio Alves, Richard Perry, and several other top players on your gig? How do you get them integrated into your signature sound? How does this come out sounding so fresh, so spontaneous, so effortless, so seemless?

I don't know. The danger in projects of this type is a hodge-podge, a mishmash. What we've got here, instead, is, I believe, the ur-samba outing. If, like me, you're a devotee or Afro-Latin grooves, but have seldom encountered them working maximally (for me--before now--it's the two McCoy Tyner Latin outings), then this is the album you've been waiting your whole life for.

It all starts and ends with the samba groove. Older and more primative, more essential, than bossa nova--the fabulous beat popularized by Stan Getz, Tom Jobim, and Astrid Gilberto--samba has never before been so attractively rendered. That it could have been done in such a seemingly unwieldy setting (there are, after all, 22 different musicians contributing here) is all the more remarkable. Kudos to the headliner, who has managed to present samba in all its glory in such a remarkably wide musical context.

No false notes here, no missteps. Simply ravishingly beautiful settings of some of the most alluring and seductive rhythms to come from our neighbors to the south. ... Read more


118. Life After That
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5-0 out of 5 stars That great old Airto spirit--fresh and alive as ever
I first discovered Airto back in the 70's with the CTI release FINGERS. I then got then got everything I could with him playing on it, including the first two (and IMHO, still the best) Return to Forever albums. Still, I always liked Airto best on his own albums. I went to see him play every chance I got and those were some of the best shows I ever heard and saw.
I had lost touch with his music for quite some time, but after listening to this CD now about three times, it is like I had never left. He was and is one of the great pioneers of percussion, really establishing the role of the percussionist as someone who brings new dimensions of sound as well as rhythm to jazz and rock ensembles. And this album gives me the same kind of feeling that those classic CTI albums (which I understand are about to be re-released! Can't wait!) did.
Yet amid all the familiar and warm sounds and soulful vocals and great compositions, there are new delights and the album reflects all the people Airto has played with and all the experiences he has been through. Like all great art.

With his daughter Diana's musical entity "eyedentity" and her talents as well as his wife Flora (a wonderful musician and vocalist in her own right and a great partner for Airto) contributing to the production and performance, this is a real family affair and the love and strength on this album really reflects that.
Oscar Castro Neves contributes some wonderful guitar and piano playing among a whole bunch of great musical performances (including a great didgeridoo duet with Airto on berimbau --Afro-Brazilian musical bow) and players.

It also makes a nice companion piece to the Mickey Hart produced THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS.
Airto is not only a great musician, but he really is a healer using sound. This album is very healing. But not in the sense that THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS is, nor some New Age music is, but more like how Garth Hudson of THE BAND speaks about the music of the great jazz masters as being healing music. The rhyhm moves you and the sound quality touches your ears and gets into your soul. And the sound quality of this CD is really outstanding.
This is a real treat. Though it does not fit neatly into any categories (again like much great art), if you like good jazz, Brazilian music, melodic adn progressive pop, masterful percussion and composition, World Beat and/or ethnic folk music this album is well worth listening to.
And it rocks!
Thank you , Airto! ... Read more


119. Letter from Home

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120. Stories to Tell
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the finest
I must agree with most reviews, Flora is absolutely transcendent. I would perhaps pick Butterfly Dreams over Stories to tell, just for her version of Dindi. But if you truely want to go to heaven and stay there, I recommend you buy both albums, and play Insensatez & Dindi back to back. This really is as good as it gets

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Flora Purim Album Ever Made!
I wish I could give this CD collection TEN stars. "Stories To Tell" is my favorite Flora Purim album, by far. Floera was at the top of her career when this album was made and her work is simply outstanding....OUTSTANDING!! The cast of musicians on this CD will startle you. Absolutely the best Latin jazz musicians in the world played with her. I will leave you guessing as to who they are. (OK, just one hint, Carlos Santana does some of his best work ever on "Silver Sword".)

If you buy just one Flora Purim CD, this MUST be it. I repeat: THIS IS THE BEST FLORA ALBUM EVER MADE!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars This recording will take you to the isles of paradise!
Flora Purim's voice is that of the wind, captivating and soothing all at the same time. The song "Mountain Train" reminds me of a beautiful summer day with how Purim works her magic on this song. The entire CD is wonderful to listen to, you definitely will not be disappointed. This is a classic Flora Purim recording. When you want to be in a better mood or even in a sense of paradise listen to this CD. Flora Purim's voice is soothing and calming. This CD has brought back numerous memories from childhood since I have been listening to Purim from childhood. I have grown up listening to "Stories to Tell" and those songs still bring a smile to my face and soul! This is definitely the best of the best of Flora Purim. ... Read more


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