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141. Best of Brazilian Jazz
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Great Compilation of Brazilian Jazz with Special Appearances by Sergio Mendes, Moacir Santos, Baden Powell, Bebel Giberto and More. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Indeed, some of the Best Brazilian Jazz * * * * * * * * * *
This album is well conceived (it could use some suggestions for Volume 2 though) with a balanced mix of modern and vintage Brazilian Jazz; some of the most recent cuts are:
* Mas que Nada/Leo Gandelman, * Bananeira/Bebel Gilberto, * Un Homme et une Femme/Ithamara Koorax, * Orfeu/.
Some of those great classics from the past are:
* Influencia do Jazz/Tamba Trio, *Batida Diferente/Sergio Mendes and * Amor de Nada/Luis Carlos Vinhas.
Overall, this CD is extremely enjoyable and I would absolutely recommend it to all those serious fans of Brazilian Jazz out there.
**P.S. You will be soon looking for albums by these people. ... Read more


142. Plays the Contemporary Music of Mexico & Brazil
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The Swedish-American vibraphonist Cal Tjader created a unique Latin/chamber-jazz sound with congueros Mongo Santamaria and Francisco Aguabella that danced and entranced musicians and listeners for decades. This 1962 recording departs from Tjader's trademark combo format and Afro-Cuban stylings and features him in an expanded, orchestrated setting with woodwind arrangements by Clare Fischer. The contemporary music represented on this disc features sambas from Brazil, including "Vai Querer," Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Meditacao"--which beautifully complements Stan Getz's more celebrated version--and "Choro e Batuque," a New World Afro-Amerindian dance composition penned by guest guitarist Laurindo Almeida. Tjader's Milt Jackson-influenced, soft and syncopated touch is supported by a topflight crew of sidemen, featuring flutist Paul Horn and the Cuban percussion king, Changuito, who expand and elongate the melodically rich music of Mexican composer Mario Ruiz Armengol. With the ethereal, wordless vocals of Ardeen de Camp, Tjader and company radiate cool, azure-impressioned Latin tinges on the boleros "Que Tristeza" and "Silenciosa" and the clave-coded "Sone." Clare Fisher's festive samba "Elizete" rounds out this pleasing potpourri of imaginative inter-American music. --Eugene Holley Jr. ... Read more


143. Glucklich 5
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5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Collection of Brazilian Jazz and Bossa Nova.
I was visiting Chicago checking out the releases at a favorite underground record shop where I bought this excellent compilation. I asked one of the salespeople for a decent collection of Brazilian jazz, and she played the fifth volume of the "Glucklich" series. I've never even heard of this collection, but I was willing to give it a spur-of-the-moment chance. After just a couple tracks, I fell in love and bought the CD right there on the spot. It was that easy. The grooves on this set are a mix of old school jams and (mostly) new vocal tracks that can really set the tone for a relaxing afternoon. It's a nice mix of bossa nova and Brazilian jazz with standouts like the Blissom remix of Rise Ashen's "Torn," Montefiori Cocktail's innovative re-working of Crystal Waters' "Gypsy Woman" and the 1970s cut "Agua De Beber" by Aquarius Y Luiz Antonio. Rainer Truby really did a good job picking the right tracks for this CD, which is chillout bliss for those looking to add an interesting twist to their music collection. Definitely recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - What You Would Expect from Rainer Truby
This is the fifth installment of the high quality, pretty famous yet not as commercialized Glucklich series. It is on the ever growing Compost Label, which serves as home to some pretty big nu-jazz, new bossa, new beats/breaks artists like Jazzanova, Beanfield, Kyoto Jazz Massive and etc. I suppose you could even tie Koop into them, if you consider their link with Jazzanova-compost.

The Glucklich series is done by Rainer Truby, formerly of the group "A Forest Mighty BLack" and "Truby Trio". The first Glucklich saw older bossa tracks from the 70's, 80's. THe second one was a continuation of that one. The Third featured more of the new sounds, and the fourth one was, at that time, one of my favorites with quite a few rare gems on it.

This one, the fifth, installment doesn't disappoint either. In typical fashion, Rainer Truby takes the genre to a new level with fresh tracks and, what really distinguishes this from other "new Bossa" cds from Schema or SPV - the un-released tracks are usually always quality. This Glucklich is different from the other four in that it sort of combines all of the styles from the previous. Old and new. The artists reflect that: Jorge Ben and Os Ipanemas are featured as are some of the "new" DJ's like Racoon and Muro.

The artists as a whole are very impressive. NIcola Conte, R.E.Q., Montefiori Cockain, Rachael Calladine, and perhaps AMerica's first exposure to the new cd by Nicola Conte titled Nicola Conte Apresenta Rosalia De Souza.

The Gems on this cd, IMO, is the Jorge Ben track, the Les Gammas track Outra Vida remixed (btw, Nina Miranda of Smoke City is on vocals, and this remix is WAY better than the original) and the track by Wagon Cookin titled "Lua".

Pick this up! It's not like the Brazilectro's, Break N Bossa's. This has a unique, distinct flavor and touch to it. Well made and terrificly compiled and the artists are class. One disc. ... Read more


144. Balaio [Basket]
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5-0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Music
Richard Boukas, the great American performer and teacher, teams up with Jovino Santos Neto, long a fixture in Hermeto's band, for a collection of wonderful Brazilian music.Boukas's guitar and vocals are stellar throughout and Jovino's keyboard work is fantastic. A must for lovers of Brazilian music. ... Read more


145. Waters of March
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5-0 out of 5 stars Billy at his BEST
Billy Strich is a 'secret' passion I share with all my friends, and not one has ever yet told me I was wrong.'Waters' is his best album to date, especially if you like soft Latin-flavored jazz.'So Many Stars' is worthy of any classic artist you care to compare it to, and the bassa nova of 'How Insensitive' dares you to try to keep still.Nearly every song makes you want to get up and samba, so make sure you wear your dancing shoes!My only question is WHEN DO WE GET ALBUM NUMBER FOUR?????

4-0 out of 5 stars A very nice Bossa Nova sound
I tried this CD after hearing Ana Caram and Antonio Carlos Jobim...and truly enjoyed the sound, very smooth, soft bossa nova sound. ... Read more


146. Jazz Moods: Tranquility
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147. Jazz Moods: Jazz at Weeks End
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5-0 out of 5 stars "perfect for anytime of the week"
Concord Records has come up with another winner in it's series of Jazz Moods - "Jazz At Week's End". The label has compiled eleven tracks for that special mood at the end of a hectic week. A collection of cool and lightly swinging jazz sets the listener in a relaxing and meditating mood.

Stand out performances include - Ernestine Anderson, Stan Getz, Hendrik Meurkens, Marian McPartland, Rosemary Clooney, Laurindo Almeida, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Charlie Byrd, Hank Jones, Jeff Linsky, Carol Sloane, George Van Eps, Howard Alden and Ali Ryerson. If you need to unwind at the end of your week, this album is for you. Each track is designed to fit that specific mood for your - JAZZ AT WEEK'S END!

Total Time: 52:38 on 11 Tracks/ Concord Records - CCD 5206 2 (2000)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous compilation of jazz for a weekend!
I picked up this CD on a lark (It was cheap!) and I love it. There's no better soundtrack that I've found for weekend projects where you need motivation, but not to have your nerves jangled. It's also great for dinner / card parties as a fun accompaniment! ... Read more


148. Telecommunication
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5-0 out of 5 stars The most sensuous instumental this side of "Bolero"
No lie: I first heard Azymuth's "Last Summer in Rio" in the early 80's and taped it off the radio. The tape lasted a number of years, then in the summer of 2000, I bought the CD. An old girlfriend borrowed it and would not give it back. Six months later, on our first evening date, I noticed that my new ladyfriend had "Telecommunications" in her CD rack. This was a sign from God, as she had earlier told me that John Coltran's album with Johnny Hartman was one of her favorites. But, her taste in music was not the only reason I married her . . . .

5-0 out of 5 stars the best rhythm section in the world !!!
The combination of Alex Malheiros (bass)& Ivan Conti (drums)is just magic! This is a nice blend of Bossa Nova & Jazz and yes the formula works. "Estreito de Taruma" is as funky as a song can get while "Last summer in Rio" is your one way ticket to Copacabana beach. JR Bertrami changes lovely from piano to organ (another miscellaneous instrument). Buy this one, these guys deserve all the support they can get. And if you got the chance to see them live, do it! They are twice as good as on record.....believe me, what an experience that was!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Jazz Fusion Classic!!
This album should be in everyone's collection who loves jazz fusion. "Telecommunication" set the standard and raised the bar in terms of quality and excellence. The tracks "May I have this dance?" and the haunting "House I lived in" gives the CD life. But their popular jazz anthem, "Last Summer in Rio" is what puts this CD over the top. A great CD through and through!!

5-0 out of 5 stars supercool superjazz
azymuth telecommunications is one of the best jazz albums in history.If you simply listen to the sample of the May I Have This Dance? (Conçede-Me Esta Dança?) you'll know what I mean.If you love electric jazz you must have it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Surf's Up & the Mood is Great w. Azymuth - Telecommunication
Azymuth - Telecommunication - was first turned on to me in 1982; not only is the musicianship awesome; the subtle colors, flavors, textures and overal tone will put you in a groovin' state of mind; bad day at the office? put this CD on and call in the morning; this is a band worthy for Carlos Santana to jam with; for the aging baby boomer men - seriously consider some Ashwaganda (asparagus root)and this CD to turn your love life around; blazing hot state of mind for audiophiles & surfers alike ... Read more


149. Perpetual Emotion
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5-0 out of 5 stars In perfect harmony!
Not much to add to the previous review except to remark on the fantastic sensitivity all the musicians on the wonderful record exhibit towards each other. The more I listen to this, the more I am struck by the fact that whether Flora is singing or someone else is playing a solo, the other musicians are all doing EXACTLY the right thing behind them. Apart from its artistic/inspirational qualities, it is a long time since I heard anything quite this well crafted.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Flora Purim CD in years...
...in fact, it may be her best work ever. I love it!

Siegfried

3-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Renditions
I've never really listen to Ms. Purim prior to checking this out, but I must say that it makes me want to pick up a few of her earlier efforts. The arrangements are accessible and calming, lending themselves especially to novices to jazz. I will certainly put this one on when I want a positive and sociable vibe!

5-0 out of 5 stars Familiar songs in an unfamiliar venue
On the heels of the last few releases from Flora and Airto, you might be surprised to discover Perpetual Emotion is a vocal album very much in the jazz standard tradition.

Flora has recorded at least five of these songs before (it's at least the third time for San Francisco River and Escape), but make no mistake -- you've never heard them like this. Flora relies less on vocal effects (as she has in the past)or on the virtuouso pyrotechnics of her band mates, and more on passionate, flawless renderings of great songs.

Airto is subdued in a way that is appropriate for this venture, but gets to break loose with a burning drum solo on Airto's Jazz Dance. Flora is also backed by Fourth World bandmate Gary Meek on sax and talented newcomers to the Flora/Airto camp, pianist Christian Jacob and bassist Trey Henry. There's enough Brazil in this CD (particularly on Fotografia and Saudade),to satisfy long-time Flora and Airto fans, but with compostions by Ira Gershwin and Kurt Weill among others, this will also make fans of traditional female jazz vocalists sit up and take notice.

If this is not essential Flora, it is certainly fair to say you haven't heard the full breadth of talent she has until you've heard this CD. ... Read more


150. Pure Love: Un Amor Tão Puro
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151. Barrio Latino, Vol. 2
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4-0 out of 5 stars Barrio Lantino II
I love this cd.It is a great latino groove cd. :-) There are also some great songs to salsa too! ... Read more


152. Danca Dos Escravos
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Egberto Gismonti's work is rooted in the very air of his native Brazil, in its convulsive history and rich terrain. Danca dos Escravos, or "Dance of the Slaves," is inspired by the early history of conquest and bondage, with each of his pieces inspired by a narrative of that history.Spanish, Indian, and African elements all fuse in these performances, creating rich weaves of contrapuntal melody and complex rhythms. Gismonti plays only guitars here, rather than his usual mix of guitar and piano, and it focuses the CD, making this perhaps his most beautiful and personal statement. The extended title track is the most striking in a series of works that have both grace and emotional reserves made more poignant by the restraint. --Stuart Broomer ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Superb solo guitar
Brazilian Egberto Gismonti is one of the greatest masters of the guitar on the planet, and you need look no further for evidence of this than this recording. The color, expressiveness, nuance and virtuosity of his playing is rarely matched, and I have never heard it excelled. ... Read more


153. Dizzy's World
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This well-conceived project delves into the lighter, less boppish side of Dizzy Gillespie by focusing on his fusion of jazz and tropical rhythms. The material ranges from two gentle Jobim tracks (Diz was playing "Desafinado" before Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd sparked a bossa nova craze with it in the '60s) to a pair of Cubop christenings cowritten by Gillespie and the great percussionist Chano Pozo to three movements from Lalo Schifrin's "Gillespiana Suite." Guest vocalist Chris White shamelessly mugs his way through "Barbados Carnival," and former Gillespie drummer Ignacio Berroa kicks and ricochets the beats of "Tin Tin Deo" like Buddy Rich. This celebratory abandon is neatly balanced by gorgeous takes on Jobim's "Black Orpheus" and Dizzy's "Winter Samba," the latter introduced by Duduka Da Fonseca's resonant berimbau. The brightest light among the all-star cast (Mulgrew Miller, Don Braden, James Moody, Slide Hampton) is trumpeter and ensemble director Jon Faddis, a stone Gillespie disciple who approximates Dizzy's amiable virtuosity with some of his own trademark, high-pitched fanfare. But the most pleasant surprise is guitarist Chuck Loeb, whose work on "Ole" and "Winter Samba," among others, is far superior to the somnambulant prettiness and technical noodling of his previous output. --Britt Robson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars great stuff!
Not recommended for fans of Ricky Martin or other peddlers of watered-down, pseudo-latin schlock. This is just one cool album. Faddis cooks, as usual. ... Read more


154. Sol Do Meio Dia
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The Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Egberto Gismonti drew his inspiration for this music from time he spent with the Xingu Indians in the Amazon, and it's intended to invoke both their spirit and the experience of the jungle. Gismonti assembled some remarkable musicians for this 1977 recording--guitarist Ralph Towner, percussionists Nana Vasconcelos and Collin Walcott, and saxophonist Jan Garbarek--but he uses them sparingly. The opening "Palacio de Pinturas" is a gorgeous duet between Gismonti's 8-string and Towner's 12-string guitars, a music so tonally rich that it suggests multiple geographic sources. "Raga," with Walcott on tabla, is more specific, with Gismonti's rapid-fire runs suggesting a sitar, but his use of percussive harmonics is a new element. The long final track is a remarkably varied suite. It begins with a light trio that has Garbarek's only appearance--a keening, soprano-saxophone solo--and includes "Sapain" for an ensemble of blown bottles with voices and wooden flute. Gismonti's fascination with shifting instrumental colors creates consistently interesting music, combining traditions and sources into a novel musical space.--Stuart Broomer ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Un disco sobresaliente
Por primera vez pude oir este disco en 1981 y causo una gran impresion en mi, para ese entonces existia un vacio en lo concerniente al jazz (vacio por la ausencia de un Miles Davis, John Coltrane). Solo algunos como Keith Jarret, Kenny Wheeler, Hermeto Pascoal ya lograban alcanzar esa cima de superlatividad, cuando aparece, para mi, el gran Gismonti, (que ya habia grabado algunos excelentes, por no decir los mejores discos en Brasil) va a Oslo y graba este disco con el sello ECM en 1977, junto a su percusionista que se lleva de la tierra natal, Nana Vasconcelos un virtuoso, y ademas se junta con jazzistas de avanzada, nada menos que Ralph Towner quien toca la guitarra de 12 cuerdas en 2 de las 8 piezas que tiene el CD; Collin Walcott en la tabla para el "Raga" segunda pieza del disco y la gran saxofonista Jan Garbarek en la composicion titulada "Cafe". Gismonti quien es mas conocido por su virtuosismo en el piano, de hecho en este disco graba solo 2 piezas con ese instrumento, se enfoca mas bien con la guitarra (de 8 cuerdas), como lo hacia previamente en sus grabaciones del Brasil, ademas utiliza el Kalimba y una flauta de madera (me imagino que hecha por alguna tribu de indios del interior) y canta con su seductora voz en tres de las piezas. La grabacion es de primera, los solos son geniales, las composiciones son buenas todas, de los discos de Gismonti grabados en Europa a mi juicio este es el mejor, eso si, hago la salvedad, los discos grabados en Brasil son insuperables (p. e. coracoes futuristas, EMI)

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible stuff...
What a delightful album this is! There are others on which Egberto Gismonti plays more skillfully, but to my ears, at least, this is the Gismonti album that hangs together best as a unit.

Like Miles Davis's *Kind of Blue*, this is a wonderful album to play late on a hot summer night, when no one is sleepy but no one feels like doing anything more than listening: its contemplative mood, its intricacies, and its playfulness all come together perfectly at such a time. I also have daydreams of opening a coffeehouse and playing the piece "Café" from this album three times daily to set the mood. It would be ideal for the task: as background music, stimulating and even hummable without being obtrusive; but the occasional real connoisseur of music would forget the coffee and the conversation entirely and be transported to heaven in rapture by this piece.

Gismonti and Towner play their respective guitars, not in harmony, but in a sort of dialectical unity that rather suggests telepathy. Gismonti's flute-playing is the flute-playing of a faun-child without an agenda; his piano playing in "Coração" is introspective in a manner suggestive of Debussy, while in "Baião Malandro" it is showily Gershwinesque. Garbarek's sax realizes the lazily caffeinated spirit of "Café" flawlessly. Vasconcelos's and Walcott's percussion work somehow always make me imagine a troop of capybaras, stomp-dancing happily to the rhythms in a jungle clearing in the moonlight.

The group as a whole rises to the very highest sort of jazz -- all those exotic harmonic and rhythmic combinations that popular music would never dare attempt, all done with exquisite understatement, as if this is just a few musicians fooling around in somebody's living room without any thought of impressing an audience, or indeed of doing anything except having fun. And yet the back-and-forth between Gismonti and Vasconcelos on the final piece never fails to raise goose-bumps on my skin. Such incredible stuff. It makes me amazed to be human. ... Read more


155. Long Distance
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156. The Washington Guitar Quintet
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5-0 out of 5 stars MUST HAVE!!!
I purchased this cd after hearing Charlie Byrd play "Cavatina" on one of the Jazz For compilation cds.Am I glad that I did!The entire cd is wonderful, but it's worth buying if only for the performances of "Ashokan Farewell" and "Cavatina".SUPERB!!! ... Read more


157. Man Bites Harmonica
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4-0 out of 5 stars Wizard with a Toy Wand
Jean "Toots" Thielemans (born 1922) was the greatest jazz harmonica player of the 20th century. Of course, there wasn't much competition. Besides him, there were ... well, there was ... uhm ... okay, so he was the only one. But he was still the best!

Actually, Toots spent most of the 1950s playing guitar in George Shearing's quintet. "Man Bites Harmonica," recorded in late 1957 and early 1958, was Toots' breakthrough on his alternate ax, although considering its diminutive size, perhaps we should call it a hatchet.

At any rate, the choice of baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams to share the front line with Toots was truly inspired. It's hard to imagine two more different instruments. One is tiny and shrill, the other bulky and gruff. But the contrast is a delight. Listening to Toots and Pepper play off one another is like watching a hummingbird frolic with a grizzly bear.

A listener can only marvel at Toots' rich tone and implausible dexterity. When you hear a great pianist or trumpeter, you think that's how it's supposed to sound; an artist has drawn out of the instrument what was there all along, waiting for some virtuoso to liberate it. But how to explain such supernatural agility applied to a novelty item, the 3-octave Hohner Chromatic harmonica? Toots' achievement is not just his amazing mastery, but conceiving in the first place that jazz at the level of Charlie Parker (with whom Toots once gigged) might even be possible on such a preposterous gadget.

In later years, Toots' wizardry transcended jazz. He was featured on numerous recordings with such pop stars as Billy Joel, Paul Simon, and god help us, John Tesh. Thankfully, that moment in time when Toots was blowing straight-ahead jazz is forever preserved by "Man Bites Harmonica." It's a gem.

5-0 out of 5 stars toots just gets better with age like a fine wine
me wife and i have known toots since the days of bluesette when he had a home in westchester i just have to thank him for many hours of great sounds ... Read more


158. Rio Days Rio Nights
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3-0 out of 5 stars Weird Combination of Stuff
This is an interesting CD. While the selections and arrangements were top rated, The performance was inconsistent. The average score overall will be a fair 3 stars.

From the album title, I suppose it is an album with Brazilian festivity. Yes, the supporting musicians were twisting, but our main player Ms. Robison was not.

Ms. Robison has very beautiful yet mild tone for most part of the album. Her attitude & sound is very suitable for French compositions, not Brazilian. (Her album with Ruth Laredo is a much better one). For a high energy, fast tempo South American music selected here, she need to step out from her moderate classic box and have more excitement! Sometime, I sense that she was out of breath, trying to catch up with her fellow musicians.

Flute itself is not an instrument to produce large sound. It can, however, give appropriate light and shade. From Pixinguinha's year, flute has proven to be an adequate instrument for small Brazilian music ensemble. A modern example will be James Galway's excellent Latin selection: Tango Del Fuego, which overcome limit of tube and offered dazzling flavors.

The slower pieces in the album are where her specialty comes. With sensible intonation and subtle expression, this album can be enjoyable here and there. Too bad most songs requires dynamics and spirit of dances which Ms. Robison did not provide.

Names of songs in this albums were translated (or transformed) from Brazilian to English. I do not understand why. Maybe the arranger thought once the songs were re-configured, they deserve new names. But this cannot explain why spices were missing.

If you like Paula Robison, go for her classic CDs. There are a lot of excellent ones to choose from. You can skip this album, and miss almost nothing.

5-0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL MUSIC!
This has been one of my most played CDs ever, and I am usually a rock and roll fan!The music is fun, beautiful, upbeat yet soothing.All instruments are played wonderfully, and the flute is just phenomenal.Great music for all occasions and all tastes.Makes me happy just thinking about it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Collection of Talent
Rio Days Rio Nights is my 1st exposure to Paula Robison and her flute.This CD is a masterfully engineered collection of Latin-flavored smooth jazz tunes performed by a groupof very talented musicians. What a talentMs. Robison is.I give this CD a very enthusiastic two thumbs up!(bothhands) ... Read more


159. Slave to the Power: The Iron Maiden Tribute
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Sales Rank: 188220
Average Customer Review: 2.62 out of 5 stars
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26 track, 2 CD, tribute to Iron Maiden featuring Sebastian Bach (Skid Row, VH1's 'Where Are They Now'), Iron Savior (feat. current members of Helloween, Gamma Ray and Blind Guardian), Las Cruces, Solace, The Quill, Eternal Elysium and many more. Double slimline jewel case. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
Sebastian Bach's Children of the Damned is the only reason to buy this album. Bach rips through the song as well, if not BETTER, than Iron Maiden themselves. Truly a classic.

The other songs on this album are poor, if not mediocre at best.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a fantastic Tribute CD! Well produced & packaged!
I usually hate tribute CDs. With the exception of this fine masterpiece and the SAVATAGE Tribute CD! There are some great bands here performing like champs! Listen to Sebastian wail on CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED and that singer from DOFKA does a mighty fine Bruce and the solos are just incredible on Powerslave! Crowbar's track REMEMBER TOMORROW is very moody and trippy! This is a double disc and I can listen straight through both discs with shere excitement! Fantastic tribute!

3-0 out of 5 stars It's called a TRIBUTE- get over it
Yes, I myself have complained about tribute albums before. But you know what, THAT'S WHAT IT IS! A TRIBUTE to a great band. It is not Iron Maiden. What do you expect? I know that it sounds strange to the ears hearing someone else sing and play IM's music. But that's what a tribute album is- SOMEONE ELSE playing the music. You have to get past the idea that everyone is supposed to sound like IM. They won't. The people that appear on this album weren't chosen at random. They didn't get together and say, "Hey, let's put out a double cd of Iron Maiden cover tunes." They are friends of the band. IM, or their reps, CHOSE the artists for this album. Believe it or not, SOME people are fans of these "lesser known bands" and wouldn't buy this cd for any other reason. And the same goes for IM fans who have never heard these other bands. As far as talent goes, Sebastian Bach is the shining star on this tribute album. In my eyes, the man can do NO wrong. And because HE was on it, I bought the cd. That's what a TRIBUTE album is all about! 'nuf said.

1-0 out of 5 stars ROD, HOW MUCH MONEY ???
I think Maiden must have received a good money by permitting the recording of this garbage. Otherwise, I don't know if their manager, Rod Smallwood, would permit it. The band featuring here are so weak, the versions so uninspired, that this CD would pass to oblivion forever, without nobody noticing it ...

1-0 out of 5 stars THis is not a tribute to Maiden.. It's an offense !!
The category of the bands included in this so-called "tribute" is so low, that I think this is an offense to MAIDEN, a band still kicking and live after their recent amazing recording "BRAVE NEW WORLD". If you're a real Maiden fan, you'll want nothing to do with this horrible project. If this was endhorsed by MAIDEN itself, it's a shame ... ... Read more


160. The Story of Bossa Nova
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Bossa nova for your collection
This is a great bossa nova cd. It includes standards and original songs. You want to have this bossa nova cd in your collection.

4-0 out of 5 stars Way, way back, before Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd
A bossa nova compilation without a single track by Joao Gilberto? Of course that's not necessarily a bad thing, and it underscores the interesting selection of lesser-heard recordings in this collection. "The Story of Bossa Nova", while including a few more recent additions, concentrates on the original recordings by the first generation of singers and performers who first turned the now-classics into hits and paved the way for worldwide popularity.

Many of the compositions are the Jobim standards, but the early recordings, some dating from 1959 (contemporary with Joao Gilberto's first albums), show clearly their influence from the pre-rock North American popular music of the day, in their familiar orchestration and "crooner" feel. Pery Ribeiro's "Garota de Ipanema" has little of the easy-listening sound of the Getz/Gilberto and Jobim/Claus Ogerman versions, while some of the touches on Sylvia Telles' "Fotografia" come across like cheesy sound effects from "I Dream of Jeannie" (or worse yet, classic "Star Trek").

More recent recordings by Leila Pinheiro, Joyce, and Nana Caymmi keep things from sounding too dated, while an excellent instrumental piece by the Milton Banana Trio ventures deep into jazz territory. And Joao Donato's own recording of his composition "A Ra" stands out as one of the strangest pieces every to be called bossa nova, or anything else.

For novices, some of the compilations on Verve would probably give a better sampling of the best known recordings by the big names. But if you're ready to dig a little deeper and don't need yet another recording of Astrud's "Agua de Beber" in addition to the four you already have, "The Story of Bossa Nova" is worthwhile.

The liner notes by Gerald Seligman are brief but generally informative. ... Read more


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