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    1. Songs That Got Us Through WW2
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    Here it is! I was just a little kid when the 2nd WW was going on, but our radio played at least 12 hours a day, and these songs are the ones I remember hearing all the time. The title is absolutely "right on". They are the songs that got us through.In my family we had 3 men in the service, including my father. So songs like the classic, I'll Be Seeing You by Sinatra & Dorsey, and Till Then, by The Mills Brothers were especially poignant for my mother & married sisters whose husbands were overseas. People in my age group and older who enjoy nostalgia, as I do will find themselves taken back to those "scary & yet exciting" days of what was hoped to be the final war. I'll be giving those memories to several people on my Christmas list this year.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Music enjoyed by the boys overseas and the women back home
    It hits you how long ago World War II was when you hear how young Frank Sinatra sounds singing "I'll Be Seeing You" with Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra. "Songs That Got Us Through WW2" actually begins with a song that came out at the start of 1941, "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" by the Andrews Sisters. The mix here is between songs that were obviously written for the war, such as "When the Lights Go On Again (All Over the World)", "(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) the White Cliffs of Cover" and "Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer," and those that came to capture the emotions of the time, like "Sentimental Journey," "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive," and the aforementioned "I'll Be Seeing You." Most of us will recognize vocalists like Peggy Lee and Doris Day, but for me the pair that stand out in this collection are Johnny Mercer, who sings a couple of his own complications including "G.I. Jive" and Jo Stafford, a singer's singer that I have enjoyed discovering in various music collections from the Forties and Fifties. This album provides exactly what it promises, some of the most prominent songs the greatest generation listened to during the war years. There is a second volume of songs from this period, but this is the much stronger collection of the two, although that there is really no reason not to have both.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Rhino does it again with memorable collection!
    The mercurial Rhino Records label has done it again with this fabulous compilation of World War II-era songs. All of them are hits, and all of them are legendary. The themes accentuate the mood of the times like they were meant to be together, though quite disparate in places. The Johnny Mercer comic ode to servicemen, "G.I. Jive", ranks up there with "Der Fuehrer's Face" by Spike Jones on the chuckle meter. To make you cry, count on "Long Ago (And Far Away)" (Jo Stafford), "I'll Walk Alone" (Martha Tilton) and the irreplaceable Frank Sinatra oozing out "I'll Be Seeing You", with (who else) the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. The Song Spinners' amazing a cappella "Comin' In On a Wing and a Prayer" is a great tribute to the U.S. Air Force, and the surety of their vocals makes you forget there's no musical accompaniment. Of course, you may want to swing out too. Do so with Mercer's "Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Postive" and (hands down!) The Big One's best hit, "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" by the Andrews Sisters. And there are no better slow-dancing tunes like "I Don't Want to Walk Without You" (Helen Forrest) and "Till Then" (the awesome Mills Brothers). This is a collection that features just the top names in the business during the early '40's. You won't be disappointed in the sound either: Each song has been remastered the best it could be. The accompanying booklet has a paragraph of biographical info about the artists, and there's also listings of chart placements for each track. Rhino keeps giving the goods, and this 1990 entrie is one of their many triumphs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Well, GOOD NIGHT, NURSE!
    My grandma's favourite expression of exasperation for my grandma's favourite music! No, I was not at all exasperated by this music and in fact found the entire collection to be enlightening in ways that are almost inexplicable. But I will try. First of all, the collection evokes nostalgia and sentimentality on the part of those alive during this generation (which I was not). I, however, went on a mad search for Johnny Mercer's "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive" several years ago when it was used on the much-missed, brilliant t.v. series Homefront. I found the song-- and many other gems-- on this collection. Definitely worth having the whole thing. (And Volume 2, for that matter). I had never heard many of these songs, and had heard of some only through other pop culture references or through my grandma who frequently walks around her house singing these tunes. Not a single wasted or dull moment on this collection. Highlight include, of course, the well-known "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", "I'll Be Seeing You", the sassy, fun "G.I. Jive", Louis Armstrong's gorgeous "I Wonder", and Jo Stafford's stunning "Long Ago and Far Away" (which inspired me to go find more Stafford stuff. I ended up with a boxset which was fantastic except for some of her last works, remaking songs like "I Am Woman (Hear Me Roar" and "Stayin'Alive"-- believe it or not. Her voice was simply not suited for that sort of garbage)). Another fascinating benefit of owning this album: it is not only a marker of time, documenting a time in history with the music of the period... but it is also an exposure to the social conventions and expectations of time. For example, in "Waitin'for the Train to Come In" Peggy Lee sings about waiting for her man to come home, waiting for her life to begin, implying that her life was nothing, that she in fact did nothing, until her man got home. In this way, the lyrics are dated. This, however, is a bonus not a liability. This is like a time capsule... and overall simply entertaining.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A classic collection of 1940s gems
    This is a lovely, nostalgic assortment of songs from the big-band era. I bought this CD for my parents (my dad is a World War II veteran), and all of us enjoy it -- for my folks, these familiar songs are a poignant reminder of their youth. While the Andrews Sisters and Johnny Mercer tunes are especially memorable, EVERYTHING on this CD is noteworthy. The only song I would add to this collection is Glenn Miller's "In The Mood" -- otherwise, it's a perfect musical representation of the World War II era. Highly recommended! ... Read more

    2. The Girl from Ipanema: The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook
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    This 1995 tribute to the late Brazilian bossa nova master draws from the cream of the Verve/Polygram jazz catalog. Saxophonist Stan Getz, who introduced the sublimely sensual bossa nova to North American audiences in the early '60s, is joined by vocalist João Gilberto on the well-known title track and by guitarist Luiz Bonfa on the exquisite "O Morro Nao Tem Vez." Sarah Vaughan ("Corcovado"), Billy Eckstine ("Felicidade"), Wes Montgomery ("How Insensitive"), and Oscar Peterson ("Wave") also turn in classic performances from the '60s. Jobim himself offers guitar and piano accompaniment on several tracks and duets with Brazilian vocalist Elis Regina on "Aguas de Marco." Although subsequent generations of lame lounge singers have robbed bossa nova of its original mystique, in its pure form, this music is unsurpassed in conveying an intimately romantic mood with carefree sophistication. --Rick Mitchell ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply one of the best compilations I've ever listened to...
    I have no idea how any reveiwer of this album could have anything but praise for it. Especially those who say Ella and Sarah Vaughn's versions of 'Desafinado' and 'Corcovado' (respectively) were 'butchered'! Unbelievable!

    These are two of the standouts on the cd... Ella's rendition is fun and uptempo --- a rare twist on this beautiful song which could be sung by tone deaf singers and still sound great.

    Sarah Vaughn's version of 'Corcovado' should be the standard by which every cover of this song is compared -- it's simply marvelous!

    Oscar Peterson's version of 'Wave' is the best cover of this song ever recorded (including Jobim's!). If it doesn't blow you out of the water, no music ever will.

    This is a must have cd for anyone interested in Bossa Nova/Latin Jazz and if you've never listened to bossa nova in your life then this is the cd you want to get to begin your love affair!

    Every friend that I've played this album for in the last 2-3 yrs have purchased a copy for themselves. One of my best friends even met his (now) wife after leaving my home to immediately purchase this album (a fitting tribute to the music).


    2-0 out of 5 stars very disappointing-- avoid
    Jobim is truly the greatest songwriters of the 20th Century. Unfortunately most of the arrangements on this CD are utter (disappointments).The songs with Getz, Joao and Astud Giberto are as a general rule decent, yea sublime-- though even here some of the songs are a bit over-orchestrated favoring tone color over intimacy-- not my idea of the samba. I am reserving judgement on the renditions by Wes Montgomery and Oscar Peterson, but Sarah Vaughan butchered Corcavado, and likewise Ella Fitzgerald with Desafinado-- I don't even know how to express how bad those two performances/arrangement are. Do yourself a favor and skip this cd. Check out instead Verve Jazz Masters 13 Antonio Carlos Jobim.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not a bad sampler of jazz artists covering Bossa nova
    Bossa Nova was essentially created by Charlie Byrd, when he mixed Brazillian rhythms with jazz improvisiations, then it became more well known in the jazz world thru Getz, and in the pop world thru ametuer singer Austid Gilberto. Though there isn't a track by Byrd, at least not as a leader, there are great performances by vocalists Sarah Vaughan, Billy Eckstine, and tons of Gets/Gilberto. Though this won't cover alll you need and you should go righy out and buy the Byrd/Gets disc and the Getz Gilberto disc, this is a fine sampler and as good as any others out therem if not better.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Nice Tribute to the Composer
    This is a solid songbook that came out about maybe 6 years ago. It features many different artists from different timeframes and jazz genres with their interpretations and remakes of some of Jobim's classics. You also have some of the original bossa nova artists here too for good measure. I enjoy this cd even today. Sometimes there's a remake of one of the songs featured here that I specifically feel like hearing.

    One of those remakes that I enjoy is Oscar Peterson's remake to the classic "Wave". Admittedly I don't like the end of the song. But the way it starts out, so cool and mysterious gives me memories. And then after the build-up, the way he comes in with the piano, without fail, makes me sing along with it "Vou te contar, Os olhos já não podem ver"... Another good tune is the dark and sensual version of "Amor em Paz" or "Once I loved" by Shirley Horn. It isn't like the wonderful orchestration that you're used to on the classic Jobim albums but I still like it because you can feel it... "Love is the saddest thing when it goes away". Wes Montgomery's take of Insensative is also solid but I still prefer the one with Getz on the sax.

    All in all I would recommend this. Be forewarned though - there are loads of bossanova compilations and this one has the usual staples (Girl from Ipanema, Waters of March). And some takes didn't get me; this version of Tristeza isn't for me - you want to hear a great one, listen to the original on the "Black Orpheus" Soundtrack. There's something about it, the guitar and city ambiance and sambas. Also notice that this cd has a direct companion pice titled "Wave: The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook". It has a similar cover and is done in a similar mold as this one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Penchant for the sublime
    Smooth. . . Intoxicating. . . Brilliant.
    This album will fit every mood. Favorite Track: Felicidade ... Read more

    3. Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil: Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture
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    This Clint Eastwood vanity-project was one of the biggest box office disappointments of 1997, despite a masterful performance by Kevin Spacey, Eastwood's typically subtle direction and, to these ears anyway, one of the most satisfying collections of songs gathered in service of a film in many a year. It didn't hurt that they were all penned by the late, great Johnny Mercer (a native of Savannah, GA, the film's locale and most crucial, underrated element) and with the exception of Tony Bennett's "I Wanna Be Around" and Sinatra's classic "Summer Wind," were rendered by an all-star team of jazz players (Charlie Haden, Michael Brecker, Joshua Redman, Kevin Eubanks, Christian McBride among them) and an impressive line-up of vocalists including k.d. lang, Paula Cole, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Cassandra Wilson, Alison Krauss, Diana Krall, and Kevin Mahogany. Eastwood has long been a jazz devotee and, in recent years, eager proselytizer; this album plays like a love letter to one of his most beloved musicians and composers. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars How can you go wrong with Johnny Mercer?, July 22, 2000
    Loved the book and instinctively knew that a movie couldn't capture the essence of it. As for the CD, I think the soundtrack for "L.A. Confidential" was much more evocative of time and place. How can one go wrong using great songs with Johnny Mercer's lyrics? Hear them sung by amateurs, who at best, sound like lounge singers, and you'll know. Kevin Spacey does a passable job on "That Old Black Magic", but the artful arrangement doesn't require him to sustain a note for long. Clint Eastwood may be an icon, but he can't sing, and it's disappointing to pay good money to hear less than top performances. The absolute best version of "Accentuate the Positive" is by Johnny Mercer himself (on the "L.A. Confidential" soundtrack). Since this CD is something of a tribute to Mercer, it would have been great to include one of his vocals. The best performance by an amateur on this CD is Alison Eastwood's sweet and lanquid rendition of "Come Rain or Come Shine." The great tunes on this CD are performed by the people who really are musicians: K.D. Lang's lovely version of "Skylark" is much better than Linda Rondstadt's, but no one can surpass Ella's. The superb selection on this CD is Alison Krauss singing "This Time the Dream's on Me" - sheer perfection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Probably my all-time favorite movie soundtrack.
    I watched the movie and enjoyed it, would give it three stars, maybe four. Listened to the soundtrack and absolutely LOVED it. This is one of the classiest collections of songs I have ever had the privilege to feast my ears upon.

    Generally speaking, this is a compilation mostly of songs written by the venerable Johnny Mercer, performed by some accomplished jazz stylists and the likes of Rosemary Clooney, k.d. lang, and Alison Krauss. It also includes "I Wanna Be Around" by the great one himself, Tony Bennett (his own performance). Although several of the songs are on the light side, I would characterize the overall flavor of this CD as quiet, mellow, maybe even a little somber at times, but all great jazz hits -- and I'm usually not a big fan of jazz.

    This is also one of the most relaxing collections I know. Serve it up with a rich cabernet and it's guaranteed to bring your stress level down a few notches. The only hiccup on the way is a rather uninspired performance by Clint Eastwood -- with that voice he really should stick to tough-guy acting. But don't let that turn you away from an otherwise thoroughly enjoyable soundtrack. My ears have devoured it more times than I can count, and I don't plan to stop any time soon.

    4-0 out of 5 stars highly recommended
    This cd is full of great songs. I was really impressed with K Spacey's version of "that old black magic"...what a pro. I have the movie on both dvd and tape (somewhere) as well as the book, but what I revisit more than all of those is this soundtrack. This is a throwback to when songs had depth and soul, as opposed to the slick singles that you hear on the radio these days. Basically, to sum it all up, if you want to own a timeless collection of songs, then buy this cd.

    The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is b/c of Eastwood's song.

    3-0 out of 5 stars How can you go wrong with Johnny Mercer?
    Loved the book and instinctively knew that a movie couldn't capture the essence of it. As for the CD, I think the soundtrack for "L.A. Confidential" was much more evocative of time and place. How can one go wrong using great songs with Johnny Mercer's lyrics? Hear them sung by amateurs, who at best, sound like lounge singers, and you'll know. Kevin Spacey does a passable job on "That Old Black Magic", but the artful arrangement doesn't require him to sustain a note for long. Clint Eastwood may be an icon, but he can't sing, and it's disappointing to pay good money to hear less than top performances. The absolute best version of "Accentuate the Positive" is by Johnny Mercer himself (on the "L.A. Confidential" soundtrack). Since this CD is something of a tribute to Mercer, it would have been great to include one of his vocals. The best performance by an amateur on this CD is Alison Eastwood's sweet and lanquid rendition of "Come Rain or Come Shine." The great tunes on this CD are performed by the people who really are musicians: K.D. Lang's lovely version of "Skylark" is much better than Linda Rondstadt's, but no one can surpass Ella's. The superb selection on this CD is Alison Krauss singing "This Time the Dream's on Me" - sheer perfection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorites
    I loved the movie, though I know it didn't get the greatest reviews. But, this CD is one of the best mood-setters ever. Cook a simple elegant dinner, turn the lights down low and dance with your sweetie in the middle of the living room.
    Love it! ... Read more

    4. Jazz A Saint-Germain
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    Jazz à Saint Germain is a compilation of compelling jazz standards performed in tribute to the Parisian speakeasies that flourished during the German occupation in World War II. Espousing a free-spirited highlife as well as an existential and intellectual aesthetic, the French underground heartily embraced American jazz. Showcasing traditional styles as well as ambitious adaptations that reveal reggae, African, and even hip-hop influences, this collection is tasteful and eclectic. Angélique Kidjo's version of "Summertime" is gently evocative, as is Dee Dee Bridgewater's moving rendition of "Watermelon Man." The Jazz Passengers and Debbie Harry interpret "There Is No More Tomorrow," and French chanteuse François Hardy is joined by Iggy Pop for a version of "I'll Be Seeing You." With artists old and new, Jazz à Saint Germain is a vibrant, engaging affair. --Mitch Myers ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A slice of History
    The marketing gang at are certainly doing their job - at the expense of my pocket book. I picked this up from a multiple recommendations link. Unable to find Lainie Cooke's new cd locally I knew Amazon woudld have it. While ordering LC's CD I looked at the suggestions and was intruiged by Pink Martini's, Sympathique. While impulse ordering it, I saw the suggestion for Jazz A Saint-Germain. This disc is definately awesome. I must be getting really frustrated by recent pop/rock and am going full blown eclectic/world/retro - I'm sure it's not that I'm growing up!! Jazz A Saint-Germain isn't just a compilation of great music, but really takes you back to a time of the intimate, live jazz club.

    If this is what you looking for - buy this album - all I've listed above as well as SoulSkin, and the latest kd Lang /Tony Bennett project.

    No, I don't work for Amazon, but they should put me on payroll - don't ya think?

    5-0 out of 5 stars one of my favs
    I am actually reordering this cd.
    One of my favorties!
    Great for whatever mood you are in!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Fun and Good Jazz Mix Album, If Not Particularly Great
    If for no other reason, listen to this album for its beautiful tracks by Angelique Kidjo and Les Nubians (and less so for those by Patricia Kaas, Jane Birkin, China and Jimmy Rowles--though still very nice). Kidjo does a fantastic job with her native African version of one of my all-time favorite songs--"Summertime." It's absolutely beautiful, though really quite un-jazzy. Similarly, the slow, sexy French version of "'Round Midnight" by Les Nubians ("Autour de Minuit") is quite fantastic.

    Alone, these two tracks might have been enough for me to enjoy this album, but there are also some great songs on here by other artists, though their styles are, generally, a bit more like that of traditional jazz. The version of "These Foolish Things" as performed by Jane Birkin and Jimmy Rowles, for example, is great in its beautifully slow pace--sleepy and reminiscent, like its lyrics. Patricia Kaas does a very nice, if rather awkwardly accented, job of "Black Coffee" similar to China's "Lover Man" from an earlier track. The unreleased "J'Suis Snob" by Boris Vian is great fun.

    The rest of the album is a bit more avant garde for my personal taste with the exception of Iggy Pop and Fracoise Hardy's version of "I'll Be Seeing You" (which seems a little un-inspired) and Dee Dee Bridgewater's version of "Watermelon Man" (which is really quite good, but seems a little robust for the rest of the songs here). Brigitte Fontaine's "La Caravane," Princess Erika's "God Bless The Child" and Elli Medeiros' "Sophisticated Lady" all seem very choppy in addition to having rather severe and awkward accents for the chosen tunes.

    Still, it's definitely an enjoyable collection of tracks, for the most part. I'd recommend it for just about any jazz lover or Francophile and definitely for fans of Les Nubians and Angelique Kidjo.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Your own Paris speakeasy
    This is an intimate, eclectic vocal collection that has been getting alot of play at my place. Now that you're tired of all those lounge reissues you've been playing at cocktail time, try switching over to this. Smooth, smoky, and just the right amount of vermouth.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Complements any Billie Holiday and John Coltrane collection
    French Jazz. So bohemian it hurts. This album is a collection of various contempory jazz artists doing covers of the songs circa "the nocturnal world of libertine Paris in the 40's and 50's". All the songs on this album are worthy listens and jazz lovers may only be disappointed with China's version of "loverman", a song that really can't be performed with out calling comparisons to Billie Holiday. Catherine Ringer & The Renegade Brass Band present us with the fantastic "Les Joyeux Bouchers". Iggy Pop shows up to perform with Francoise Hardy on "I'll be seeing you" (perhaps the album's best track).The Jazz Passangers give us Deborah Harry doing "Il n'y a plus d'apres", another sparkler. Patricia Kaas does an inspired cover of "Black Coffee", which can make any smoker enjoy their stay at their local coffee joint more. Other artists of interest are Princess Erika doing "God Bless the Child" and Les nubians with "Autour de Minuit". All int all the album is great. A fabulous survey for newcomers to jazz and for long time fanatics. ... Read more

    5. Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 1: Mondo Exotica
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Not Quite What I Expected, But Still Good
    I had extremely high hopes for this one after the Fuzzy Sampler used two of the best tracks, and was a little disappointed. I never fail to be entranced, though, by the extraordinary "Voodoo Dreams/Voodoo." I don't know what it was about this one that grabbed me and made me love it so much, but it's great. This introduced me to the cool music of one of the forefathers of Lounge music and Father of Exotica, the great Les Baxter, whose fantastic tunes and dazzling orchestrations evocative of the American dream of exotic places far away continue to astound me. It's just a really great song. The tune is beautiful, deliciously played by tenor saxman Plas Johnson, who played every time Baxter needed a saxophone. The whole thing reminds me, better than anything I've ever heard, of the warm, inviting, "Gilligan's Island"-esque vision of old Polynesia, full of lush tropical greenery, native headhunters, and a little romance. It would be perfect for the theme song to a cheesy sixties-style adventure show. It never fails to excite.

    "Swamp Fire" is a fun song, along similar evocative lines of the above. It is one of the disc's best offerings, but is outdone by Martin Denny's superb cover of Lounge and Exotica classic "Quiet Village." "Village," written and originally done by Les Baxter (you can hear it on "The Exotic Moods of Les Baxter," a must-have!). Baxter, who actually founded Exotica, was somehow forgotten after Denny's cover of "Village" and Denny was now pegged for some reason as the first to do this. It's very unfair to legendary Baxter, who today is sadly little-known, but Denny created good music, too. "Village" is brilliant, and created a lot of noise in its time.

    "Atlantis" has a nice beat and "Jungle Madness" is cool, but the above three are the only ones that really caught my interest. I just plain couldn't get into "Lust." To me, it was just musical screaming. Hey, it's only my opinion. As is the fact that I don't enjoy Yma Sumac's music. Given, her voice is good and her range phenomenal, but I don't care for her songs. It was interesting, though, to hear "Wimoweh" and hear where "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" got its inspiration. this CD was okay, but so far it's my least favorite of the series.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My pick for best of the Ultra-Lounge series!
    This is the one Ultra Lounge CD that sees the most play in my CD rotation. It sets the tone for any activity, be it just staring into the trees through my living room window or driving to work on a day when I don't feel well. I always find it hard to critique Ultra Lounge CDs song by song, since I tend to analyze a lounge CD more by its overall feel than by how one particular song makes me react. But this one is really a great place to start the Ultra Lounge collection, partly because it's the first one in the series and partly because it includes some artists that you should get to know independent of the Ultra Lounge compilations: Martin Denny and Les Baxter. These guys really stand out among lounge artists, and their styles are very unique. Overall the collection, for those not familiar with the "exotica" genre, documents lounge's attempt to "go global". This mostly involved lifting themes and ideas from tropical or island music, and the result was a sub-genre that I find delightful! It is more evocative than a lot of other lounge music and is an essential if you own a pool or give a lot of cocktail parties.

    P.S., if you like this stuff, do yourself a favor and try the two albums Tipsy has released.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best in the Series
    Great music! Feels like being on the big island in the 1950's. Pour some rum drinks, sit on the beach and smell the salt air. Put on this album and a hawaiin shirt and enjoy an era gone buy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The "Ultra Lounge" experience at its best!
    From a true ultra lounge fan, this is one of my favorite in the entire series. It combines all the wonderful elements of ultra lounge music: the mystery, the humor, the dreamy mood, and the originality. This particular CD is excellent for the novice ultra lounger who wants a good introduction into the world of ultra lounge.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Collect Em All
    Ultra Lounge series - what a great reason to live. To start off with its immense series, Ultra Sound opens volume one with Mondo Exotica, a tropical 50s sound that makes you wanna head out to the hut with a martini and sip the night away with some beautiful hawaiian girls. My goal is to collect all 18 volumes of this great series. After that, I plan to retire. Just kidding, im only 20. ... Read more

    6. Fabulous Swing Collection
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Some of the best music this century!!!
    I don't have this cd, but I have heard most of the songs that it contains. I am a huge fan of classic Big Band Swing. Sing Sing Sing is my favorite song or all time. These are all great hits, and worth buying. Those that haven't heard the songs on this cd are really in for a treat. I have spent hours listening to all of the songs over and over again.

    5-0 out of 5 stars SUPERLATIVE SWING COLLECTION.
    A truly magnificent collection of great sides originally waxed in the thirties and forties, this CD is indispensible for any Jazz-Swing-Big-Band enthusiast! Here we get Benny's terrific signature theme "Don't Be That Way", Shaw's own swingy composition "Non-Stop Flight", T.D.'s immortal "Boogie Woogie" (which many jazz purists deplore because of its innovative use of instrumentals -rather that solo piano work- the public obviously disagreed- recorded in 1938, it went on to sell an incredible 4 million copies!) "Take The "A" Train is Ellington's timeless record and Miller offers his "String of Pearls". "Marie" was recorded by Dorsey in early 1937; he traded 7 arrangements for this famous record (he heard the arrangement being performed by an obscure Black Band and instinctively knew the record would be a hit). "Back Bay Shuffle" offers another killer-diller instrumental from Artie Shaw's great '38 band. My only gripe is that the definitive (more swinging and less corny) version of "Casa Loma Stomp" is NOT the one we get in this otherwise excellent collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best I've Heard
    I purchased several swing collections previously and they all had poor quality audio - they had not been cleaned up from the original recordings. This CD is MUCH cleaner and makes for an enjoyable experience.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but some tracks don't belong here
    The main problem with this CD is the coupling of great tracks with fairly awful ones.

    On the great side, you have Benny Goodman's rollicking "Don't Be That Way" and a song destined to kill live in "Sing Sing Sing." Tommy Dorsey's beautiful "Opus One" and lively "Boogie Woogie." Duke Ellington's signature "Take The 'A' Train." Artie Shaw's bouncing "Back Bay Shuffle." Glenn Miller's theme for jitterbuggers, "In The Mood."

    Then there are the disappointments. The whitebread "Casa Loma Stomp" by Glen Grey. The cringe-inducing "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm" by Bunny Berigan. The extremely silly "Mary Had A Little Lamb" by Fletcher Henderson, which is especially disillusioning to hear when one considers that Henderson supplied a good many of Benny Goodman's hard swinging band arrangements!

    We can at least be thankful that Kay Keiser and Hal Kemp didn't show up on this disc.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Swing CD to put you "In The Mood"!
    All of the Swing Era's "Greatest Hits" are in this original package! The sultry "Minnie the Moocher" by Cab Calloway, the snappy "Boogie Woogie" by Tommy Dorsey and the legendary "Take The A-Train" by Duke Ellington are all one-of-a-kind signature songs of great big band leaders. The sweetest ear-candy on this CD are the great "In The Mood" by Glenn Miller and the original 8+ minute version of "Sing, Sing, Sing" by Benny Goodman including the trumpet solo by Christoper Columbus. If you will own only one Swing Era CD, make it this one, it is sure to put you "In The Mood"! ... Read more

    7. Bossa Nova Brasil
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Bossa Nova and MPB
    I picked this up several years ago, and what a great disc this is. It's got some old classics on it and some pretty rare tracks too. At the time I picked it up, this was actually a series. There is another cd titled: "Samba Brasil" that has a similar cover, but is white and green.

    The artists on this are fantastic. From Gal Costa do Vinicius De Moraes, you're taken on a real trip through some of the classics in Brazilian music. Perhaps most interesting and stellar of which is the Elis Regina only vocal of Waters of March. It has such an innocent sound! Carlos Lyra's "Influencia Do Jazz" will take you to a beach in the late 60's, and Baden Powell's Consolacao has that rich acoustic sound I've grown up with and love. And check out Joao Gilberto's song here along with Gal Costa's tracks... She's a VERY underrated singer IMO. But this CD isn't without fault. The sound quality can be suspect on some tracks, and a song or two weren't what I would have selected from the musicians here. (You can find "Aguas De Beber" and "Girl from Ipanema" on virtually every compilation.

    Still I would have to recommend this. It's not that expensive, and out of most of the Bossa Nova/MPB samplers, this is one of the better ones IMO. For the make of Samba De Bencao, Elis Regina, Baden Powell, Tamba Trio (who did the wildly successful take of "Mas Que Nada" that featured in the 1998 World Cup commercial with Brazilian footballers in an airport) and the others... good tunes. Also check out Nova Bossa Nova - a companion piece to "Red Hot & Rio". There is some overlap, but the other version of Baden Powell's cut on that comp is better than this one IMO. Maybe also check out Bossa Nova Gold, a two disc set of MPB and Bossa Nova.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wish I could Give It 6 Stars
    One of my all time favorite discs! A great introduction for this style of Brazilian music. Romantic beyond belief!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Uplifting afternoon music
    Put this on as a soundtrack for the perfect afternoon. It will bring summer to winter, yet cool off a sultry August day. There are other more comperhensive reviews here, and it was by reading them that I bought this. I am happy I did!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to bossa nova
    This great introduction to Bossa Nova couldn't be a better value-for-money. Sampling from each of the major trends in the genre, _Bossa Nova Brasil_ will turn the mildest curiosity in the rhythms into a genuine interest. This is great I-just-got-off-work-and-I've-got-a-date-in-an-hour music. Put it on in your car to unwind and enjoy the ride. Or throw open your windows on a spring day and celebrate the change of seasons. Or share it with someone you love to dance embarrassingly unwell with. Whatever you do, though, give bossa nova a try, and trust that this collection will be an excellent way to start.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A stick a stone...
    Great compilation with great artists; it reminds you of a sunset beach in Brasil. Elis Regina's solo origanal of Waters of March is timeless and Leila Pinheiro's Pra Iluminar is one of the smoothest sambas I had ever heard. Other artists don't disappoint. A must have for any Bossa Nova collection. ... Read more

    8. Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 4: Bachelor Pad Royale
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The very best ULTRA-LOUNGE recording of them all
    I recently discovered "Lounge" music, and have purchased many CDs of this type in the past year. Of these, the "Ultra-Lounge" series seems to be the most consistently enjoyable, and of the "Ultra-Lounge" series, this one is, I feel, the very best. You get saucy, perky, colorful versions of lounge classics such as "Harlem Nocturne," "Night Train," and "Fever." The most enjoyable track of all--especially if you are familiar with the Bettie Page striptease loops from the '50s--is a riveting and sexy version of the ubiquitous "Caravan." (I have about 15 different versions of this song, and the one on this CD is my favorite.) All in all, this is Lounge music at its brashest and brassiest. P.S.: You don't have to be a bachelor to enjoy it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ultra-Lounge Royale
    Need a little spice in your CD collection? Well, my friend, Ultra-Lounge's "Bachelor Pad Royale" is the disc for you. This collection of cool, swingin instrumentals makes use of organs, trumpets, saxophones, pianos, and even the occasional "ooo wah" for a wild mix of tunes suitable for the wolf on the prowl. Every song -- from Milt Buckner's organ-piano conversation, "The Beast," to Sam Butera's brassy "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" -- exudes classy, but brazen sex appeal. In addition, you'll get so much more than just music. Ultra-Lounge includes drink recipes in each CD's booklet, as well as measurement & glassware tips, and a few blurbs relating to the selection.

    This installment of the Ultra-Lounge series is a must-have mix of cocktail music for the hep bachelor or bachelorette. You'll find 18 melodies to make you feel like the whistling wolf in those steamy Tex Avery 'Red Hot Riding Hood' cartoons (or vice versa for us ladies). Sure, some of the tunes are more Spy-theme oriented, but on the whole this disc stays true to its title. Five stars for a series that never disappoints.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Only Thing Missing is the Lava Lamp
    If you are looking for the music that bachelors set to come out of the Hi-Fi, then look no further. This is the ultimate tribute to the bachelor pad, complete with leopard print throw pillows and some kitsch for good measure.

    The CD starts with the "Route 66" theme and then plunges right into "Caravan" and the sultry "Sexe" (which was probably extemely risque for its time). "Cool," an instrumental take on the West Side Story song, is a gem. You will find yourself slowly tapping your foot to "Night Train" and thinking about those old "gentlemen's clubs" featuring women in outrageous costumes slowly stripping their way to a one-piece swimsuit (Oh, the scandal!). The rest of the CD provides some great music of the era of bacehlor pads.

    Interestingly enough, if you ever wondered what a true bachelor pad was like, you can watch "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" to see Dick Shawn at his smarmiest as he and his girlfriend burn incense and do pseudo-yoga in his bachelor pad.

    This CD is perfect for cocktails or just to enjoy something very laid back. Just add a lava lamp and stir.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great early addition to ultra lounge series
    As usual, sparking and nostalgic music for the mature set. Mp3 dude from NYC apparently doesn't understand the ultra lounge project. Yes there are lots of instrumentals, but in the 25 cd's (that's twenty five cd volumes "mp3 dude") in this set there are tons of vocals. In fact absolutely everything, including several Christmas volumes. Perhaps mp3 dude should stay out of the pottery barn and ultra lounge's home page to learn about Ultra Lounge before down-rating something he knows very little about.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Cool, Swingin' Sounds
    Where would the world be without the Ultra-Lounge series? Missing a lot of great collections of wonderful Lounge music and Bachelor Pad Royale is no exception. More great music - maybe a little less consistent than the rest, but a sure bet nonetheless! ... Read more

    9. Let's Dance! : The Best Of Ballroom Foxtrots & Waltzes
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Dance teachers opinion
    Because the Waltz and the Fox Trot are the most popular of the standard ballroom dances I think this CD hits it right on the nose by featuring just these two. I've competed in ballroom dancing and am now teaching a beginning level class. The beats are easy to follow and pick-up on. The tempos are just right. The songs make it easy to get lost in your own little dancing world. I prefer to dance these two dances with songs that have lyrics (not just insturmental) and this CD provides that feature. Charming, and practical this CD is an excellant choice for your ballroom dancing CD collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I really like this CD! It's great for listening or dancing.
    I just started dancing Smooth/Standard and this collection of songs were familiar favorites of mine from "easy listening" radio stations. The music is well-done and presents a nice mix of speeds for novice or expert dancers. I particularly enjoy the waltes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for practicing Fox Trots and Waltzes
    This CD is divided by dance. The first 9 pieces are Fox Trots and the next 6 are Waltzes. This set up allows for continuous practice of each of the two dances. The music and songs are performed by well known artists and are delightful to listen to. A must for your ballroom dance CD collection, regardless of your dancing ability.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great collection of 8 Fox Trots, 7 Waltzes
    A great collection to practice your steps and dance to. The CD is arranged with the first 8 songs as Fox Trots (most are slow, 30 bpm), including There Will Never be Another You (Andy Williams). The next 7 are Waltzes, including Charade (Andy Williams), and others from Englbert Humperdink and Henry Mancini. ... Read more

    10. Billie, Ella, Lena, Sarah
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Creme De La Creme
    There are not enough adjectives for the tremendous impact of this recording - all it takes is one play - one memory - cascades! These ladies are to "Die For".

    5-0 out of 5 stars Billie, Ella, Lena, Sarah - their best was yet to come.
    This collection was first issued in the mid '50s as "Ella, Lena and Billie" - Sarah was added later - and if you don't know these great vocalists by their first names, you must be from the Moon. The sessions by Billie and Ella are from the '30s, and Lena's sessions are from 1941. Most of these numbers were recorded with a Teddy Wilson-led band which included several of Basie's sidemen. The Sarah Vaughn numbers were recorded in 1950 with a lineup that included Miles Davis on trumpet. It's wonderful to hear these singers in the early stages of their careers. The sound quality is better than one might expect.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great sample of early jazz queens !!
    This album introduced me to jazz a couple of years ago. Now, I'm a big fan. I know the work of Amstrong, Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Nina Simone and others. Still, this is the best I have.The lyrics, instrumental richness and even the imperfect recording quality makes it really charming and beautiful. Horne's emotion in "Prisioner of Love" and all Sarah's performances give it an extra star. ... Read more

    11. Rite of Strings
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Stripped down musical Trialogue
    Of the 3 musicians here, I am the most familiar with Stanley Clarke. His solo albums tend to rely quite heavily on synths and programming, and also he plays mostly electric bass. That is why this album is so refreshing. It certainly trims away all the fat, and leaves you with (mostly) the purity of the acoustic instruments. Also, these musicians tend to be quite "chops-heavy," and virtuosic on their own projects, but here, most of the time the mood is low-key and they play a lot simpler, more melodically. Although I tend to dislike heavy effects, the ones used by Al here never struck me as being utterly out of place. Yes, I would prefer he did not use them, but I don't think it was a grave mistake. To me they don't seem to be extremely at odds with the general mood of the album. To those who think that DiMeola, Clarke, and Ponty were mere "smooth-jazzers" or "chops-monsters," this album should provide a new perspective on them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gotta Have It!
    We were random-listening to cuts from 100 CDs in a 100 CD changer when I noticed that I was really into a song that I had never heard. I asked my friend, "Who is that?" He said, That's Jean-Luc Ponty with Stanley Clarke and Al Di Mieola. It's called The Rite of Strings." That was ten minutes ago. Gotta have it!

    If you like Paul Simon, Karen Carpenter, James Taylor, Astrud Gilberto, etc, then you need to add these guys to your team. Way cool.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Really Cool
    This was one AWESOME project. I fell in love with this cd. And what's up with you people saying that the MIDI sucks? Those effects are tools. At least he's still playing music. It's not like Al is playing a loop that plays the same crappy riff to the same crappy beat. That's what rap and techno and all the new music is. This my friends, is acoustic jazz fusion. Using the MIDI did not ruin the cd no matter what you say. I think it sounds cool.

    3-0 out of 5 stars MIDI *DOES* ruin it!
    Three very talented musicians. Why does Al insist on running his guitar through a whistle box? The tibre is totally destroyed by this, and it's done on several tunes. I wish I had the master tapes so I could edit it out. What a shame.

    4-0 out of 5 stars MIDI almost ruins it
    This album shows some great interplay among the three musicians. There's an increased rhythmic quality of the guitar, bass, and violin due to a lack of a percussion instrument. This actually adds to the clarity and a more mutable rhythum in each other's stringed instruments. Most of the songs are well above average and showcase a fusion that is less cheesy and plastic sounding than many of the contemporaries. However, one thing that almost causes me to turn this cd off is the (...) 80's MIDI sound that Al Dimeola uses. MIDI only serves as a corny sounding crutch to add more depth to the music. It's end up taking away from the music. I hope MIDI or other technological crutches are done away with...but then again, why are techno, rap, and other drum machine "music" around? ... Read more

    12. Original Dance Music of 1920's & 1930's
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Great music but alot of surface noise
    The Ted Weems Orchestra has heavy representation on this CD. His songs sound as if they were recorded off a radio - too much tinny cymbals, speaker vibrations and hisses. Can't modern technology eliminate the noise? The songs are great. I love #18 - "Girl of My Dreams" recorded by the Blue Steel Orchestra. It is incredibly poignant and beautiful. Overall 5 stars for the songs, but 3 stars for reproduction.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What a Pleasant Surprise!
    This is a fantastic CD! Even though some of the artists are unknown the quality of the music is excellent. If you like "oldies", you will love this. The songs were all before my time but very enjoyable. It's a peppy CD. ... Read more

    13. Burning For Buddy: A Tribute To The Music Of Buddy Rich
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    4-0 out of 5 stars excellent drumming
    This is a really good cd any drummer should own. While this is a cd with a really good mix of different rhythms. In other words, it's not all strait forward swing. There's a little bit of everything from funk to strait rock. While i'm not that impressed with some of the drummers, there is a lot of really good drumming by steve gadd, simon phillips, joe morello, and bill bruford to name a few that really stood out among the others in my mind. But there is only one buddy rich, and there probobly won't be anyone that will ever be able to equal him.
    But minus that fact this is a really good cd that jazz fans and especially drummers would enjoy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Drummers must have - some of the best in the business!
    This CD is a collection of well known drummers including Dave Weckl, Kenny Aronoff, Steve Gadd, Bill Bruford and others playing with the Buddy Rich big band. It's produced by Neil Peart of Rush, who also plays on one track. This disc hasn't been out of my CD player for months! These drummers, some of whom playing well away from their usual styles, produce a well crafted and exciting run of Buddy Rich Band numbers in tribute to the man himself (who was an early inspiration to many of them). Excellent, and a "must have" for any drummer - even those who (like me) had never listened to big band jazz before. The "making of" videos which go with it reveal still more and are well worth looking out. END

    4-0 out of 5 stars Silly to argue.....
    Just buy this and enjoy it. I am often amused by the arguments regarding Buddy Rich and as to "who" is the world's greatest drummer. With so many exceptional and varied talents today, there is something for everyone, so why fret? I have my favorites that range from Neil Peart to Steve Smith and they are all greats, but..... I started playing in the late sixties and Buddy Rich was a frequent visitor to the Tonight Show and it was always a treat to hear him. Little did I know that no one would be able to match him over thirty years later. Buddy Rich is like Albert Einstein, Michael Jordan, and others like them in that there was only one who had "the gift" in their respective area of expertise. Perhaps there will be someone, someday to move Buddy from his throne but it hasn't happened yet. All one has to do is try to play a drum kit themselves and then watch him. But to disparage the greats of today for Buddy worship is a tremendous disservice to all the fantastic drummers that shape our music. Just buy this CD, enjoy that great, timeless big band sound and give yourself a treat!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best of both worlds
    It is incredible to hear the talent of rock drummers as they cross the chasm to the world of big band jazz. True, the rock artists add a certain edge that usually isn't found in big band jazz; however, it is an appropriate and glowing tribute to Buddy Rich's incredible career. Neil Peart might have produced this album, but prepare to be pleasantly surprised by the performances of all the drummers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wow!
    I finally purchased this nine years after release. The performances are outstanding, and it's very interesting to hear how rock drummers like Neal Peart and, to some degree, Bill Bruford, handle the complex time signatures and rolls from big band jazz. They do quite well! The biggest surprise had to be Matt Sorum, of Guns and Roses fame. He proves that rock pays his bills, but that jazz/fusion is in his blood!!! ... Read more

    14. The Bridges Of Madison County: Music From The Motion Picture
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A beautiful collection of music
    One of the many reasons the film version of Robert Waller's pallid and common novel surpassed expectations and became one of the few films to improve its original source is due in no small part to director Clint Eastwood's impeccable taste and selection of the soundtrack. Choosing vocal work from the elegant Dinah Washington and the cool, smokey eroticism of Johnny Hartman as well as composing the vivid and drifting "Doe Eyes", Eastwood created a film that breathed autumnal, ephemeral romance.

    This is a soundtrack album that stands on its own as excellent listening. Besides the simply gorgeous aforementioned "Doe Eyes" (Eastwood has developed into quite a deft and sensitive composer), higlights include Hartman's brilliant rendering of "For All We Know", "Easy Living" and "It Was Almost Like A Song" along with Washington's "I'll Close My Eyes".

    I used selections from this as part of a soundtrack for a stage version William Inge's PICNIC and the drifting, haunting, and luscious sounds contained here produced an effective atmosphere of longing and loneliness.

    A beautiful collection of music that made a pretty good film work. A certain must own for lovers of jazz.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love Letters ......
    "The Bridges of Madison County" Soundtrack CD.....

    It is not neccessary to have seen the film to appreciate what this music is about.It opens with the wonderfully romantic orchestral love theme "Doe Eyes". Composed by Clint Eastwood(yet another great talent of his revealed), and conducted by Lennie Niehaus, the music fills the room with the soothing sounds, and already you are under the spell!

    Then ,like love letters put to music,Dinah Washington's feminine and soulful tones and Johnny Hartman's deep but docile voice exchange stories of love and romance through song. Dinah sings "I'll Close My Eyes", she says"through those moments, were apart, I'll close my eyes and see you with my heart".Johnny returns with "Easy Living" and expresses that"people say you rule me with one wave of your hand...Darling it's grand.."These are followed by "Blue Gardenia"(Washington), "I see Your Face Before Me"(Hartman) and "Soft Winds"(Washington), all expressing the fleeting affair and the lasting love.You will also be treated to some wonderful instrumental solos interwoven in the songs.

    A light and lively rendition of "Baby, I'm Yours"(Barbara Lewis) gives the sense of the time era, followed by more wonderful love songs,including artists Irene Kral with the Junior Mance Trio. There are twelve tracks in all(see buying info for complete lists), and closes with the mesmerizing "Doe Eyes" once more.

    The CD is a great quality and sounds terrific on the stereo.

    This album is for anyone who has ever loved or has ever been loved!....Close YOUR eyes and enjoy...Laurie

    5-0 out of 5 stars Doe Eyes
    When I saw the movie and listened to the theme song I bought it right away. Doe Eyes is the most beautiful, heart-wrenching song I have ever heard. I rarely cry and hearing this song can make me cry (it touches the soul). I feel so good after listening to the song and it can have a moving effect. I agree with the other woman that Clint Eastwood should have been more noticed as the composer of the song. What a wonderful start for him. It is a masterpiece.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This really is a must have for all ages!!!!
    From the opening note this CD takes you to heaven and beyond. Johnny Hartman is amazing along with Irene Kral to Dinah Washington, who could ask for more? I suggest this CD to anyone who wants to escape for 45 minutes and just listen to good pure music, perfect for a romantic evening or just sitting out on the deck and enjoying! This is also my 6month old daughters bedtime CD. It's that wonderful, it puts her right to sleep.

    5-0 out of 5 stars good music.
    what a haunting movie. Hard to forget. And the sound track is wonderfull. remembering the movie thru this music ... Read more

    15. Ken Burns's Jazz: The Story of American Music
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    5-0 out of 5 stars I Love Jazz 2000
    I Love Jazz is a sampler that comes out every so often that tries to take the biggest jazz hits of its time and put them onto a single disc. This is kind of like that in a much larger and ambitious scope. Even at five discs, it still feels like a sampler! While I enjoyed this set immensely, I still have the feeling that something is missing.

    Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington are well represented here, as they should be. It is a joy to listen to music I wasn't as familiar with such as Coleman Hawkins and many of the earlier cuts. The sound quality is pretty good, especially for recordings of the earlier eras.

    After listening to this, I felt that the history of jazz ended at about 1970, when obviously it did not. Fusion, Latin, Cool, and Avant Garde did not receive enough attention. Probably due to contractual restrictions, some artists only receive either a mention or are missing entirely. Only one track for Art Tatum, Mingus, Weather Report, and Stan Getz, ECM artists missing entirely, no John McLaughlin (as leader), McCoy Tyner, Bill Evans (as leader), or Art Blakey (although he does get his own disc in this series).

    Every jazz afficionado will have their own ideas of what should be on here. This set serves a great purpose in showing how jazz and history affected each other and a glimpse of the talented artists behind the music. This set is a generous sampling of a great and wonderful iceberg and should be used as a springboard for a lifetime of exploration into jazz. At least the likes of Kenny G, Dave Koz, and John Tesh are nowhere to be found on this set.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A very fine introduction to jazz
    The box set is rather like the documentary film: toploaded with dixieland-swing-bop, then a futile effort to cram all the postbop period into too little space. If anyone tried to sum up the history of rock n' roll in 5 CDs, imagine him cramming everything since the Summer of Love onto the last disc. If the Doors and Pink Floyd got left out of such a set, or a label like Atlantic was virtually overlooked, people would be upset then, too. It's not snobby to complain that Bill Evans or a Rahsaan Roland Kirk are left out here, or that Burns practically ignored Blue Note Records in his history. Stakes are high here. It's important that certain figures are not forgotten in the history just because Ken Burns could not find space for them in his canon.

    However, despite the limitations of the project, this box is still a darn good introduction to jazz music. The selections might have been broader if pre-bebop had its own 3-CD set, and postbop had its own 4-CD set; but, this way, someone who is beginning to get into the music might get a better picture of the total continuity running from early New Orleans through some of the postbop movements. When I was starting out, I had to piece things together from odd records found at the library, until I got to college and could take a Jazz History class. If this sort of set had been presented to me at the start, I would have been in heaven.

    If you're just getting interested in jazz, buy the set. Read the notes, take note of the names of sidemen (who may have led great sessions of their own, not represented here), pick up an album guide or two, check out some musicians who aren't in this set, join the conversations on jazz bulletin boards, and, most of all, enjoy the music. Once you jump in, there's no end to the worlds you might discover in jazz.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Too much, too little
    Contrary to what some reviewers have stated, this is not a good place for someone wanting to get into jazz. This is mainly because this set costs too much for that. Also, there's over-whelmingly too much Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Dizzie Gillespie tracks here and little else. You would think that with a 5 disc box set, that Ken Burns could have come up with even little known but great jazz artists to include in this collection aside from adding a few more of the wider known ones as well. I am not a "jazz snob" and I feel it's unfair to some of the newer, more contemporary artists to be ignored as well - the rock equivalent of that would be refusing to acknowledge the talent of Jack White simply because he doesn't play like Clapton or Hendrix.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A terrific value
    The fact that this box set has so much music for the price makes this collection a must-have for beginners or makes for great driving music to keep in your car. Forget about how you felt about the documentary, just look at this collection of great jazz and ask yourself, "How many better anthologies are out there that aren't twice the price?"

    I understand those who feel that there were too many omissions, but face it: jazz has been around for 100 years (or so). Mr. Burns would have required 10 disks, with each disk representing a decade of jazz. Once again, look over the playlist, look at the price, and realize what a value this is.

    2-0 out of 5 stars It smells a little funny here
    There is a lot of great music/artists here, but a lot of great music is missing and a lot of artists are too heavily favored.
    I don't like it when a group of writers try to shape the minds of a unknowing public. I think Kenny should stay away from the ARTS and stick with war and sports. ... Read more

    16. Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 3: Space Capades
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Light on the sci-fi, but still heavy on the fun
    Well, there isn't much to say that hasn't already been said by previous reviewers. This volume is, without a doubt, my favorite of the Ultra-Lounge series (Organs In Orbit following close in second place). The title alone is an inkling to the fun that awaits you behind the clear plastic doors of this disc's case. Make sure you know what you're getting yourself into, though. You won't find any bleeps, bloops or general "futuristic" sounds here. What you CAN expect, however, is upbeat, campy production music from the Atomic Age and an 18 track lineup that you'll play over and over again.

    The disc opens with "Gay Spirits," a sweet, flowing melody featuring some light pizzicato (typical of similar orchestrations of the period). "Lover," a seductive, bassy jazz tune, seems like the perfect mood music... until the tempo increases mid-song. Les Baxter's "Moon Moods" incorporates cheesy choruses of "doo"s, "aah"s & "ooh"s. "Power House" is a... well, power house of xylophone scales and a popular choice among cartoonists for factory scenes. Angelic choruses and pizzicato strings make up the energetic "Holiday For Strings." The zany "You're The Top" features an assortment of random noises, including telephone rings, bells & whacks. A swingin instrumental of "Istanbul" with a fantastic bongo solo in the middle of the track, keeps the ball rolling. "Stumbling" is a short number, but still succeeds at getting your toes tapping. Another cartoon favorite is "Sabre Dance" by the indispensable Les Baxter. "This Room" is just about the only tune on this album with a science fiction -type feel to it. A perfect combination of orchestra & theremin will fly you to the moon in no time! Felix Slatkins' instrumental of "I Get A Kick Out of You" is enjoyable, though incomparable to Sinatra's version. The jazzy "Satan Takes A Holiday" sounds like a spy theme in overdrive. Any classic movie junkie should recognize "Puttin' On The Ritz" from the Irving Berlin musical of the same name and "Blues In The Night" ought to be universally known (or at least vaguely familiar). "Saturday Night On Saturn" is more intense than other Baxter numbers featured on this disc, however, the cartoonish feel is never compromised. Finally, "Lonesome Road" concludes the album with some wacky sound effects (car horns, bangs, crashes, etc) set to an orchestral background.

    This collection earns my five-stars and has to be, without a doubt, one of my top buys of 2004. If this cheery volume of Ultra-Lounge was right up your alley, be sure to check out "Music For TV Dinners" for more fun, cheesy listening.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is a lot of retro campy fun...
    No this isn't nessicarily high quality jazz, but it's low quality chhezy listening at it's best, actually the 1st track on here is the best, or an amazing percussion filled Puttin on the ritz, which starts off as a mamabo and halfway through turns into the middle part of Benny Goodmans' famous original arrangement of Sing, Sing, Sing, complete with a gene Krupa like drummer! You'll enjoy hearing what people in the 50's though space travel music was supposed to sound like, it's fun, plus there are plenty of standards, like Blues in the night with a huge pedal steel guitar solo. Fun stuff, to get wasted on martinis, pink chmapainge, warm brandy, and a good bottle of wine and listen and might as well smoke a cigar to this too, music this loungy shouldn't be wasted with idle moments, heck you can even swing dance to this stuff(as long as you've got one hand free to hald your tall martini glass)...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Spaced-Out Fun!
    I really just bought this volume for "Puttin' On the Ritz" and hoped that I'd like the rest. Imagin my surprise when the whole thing was incredible! This truly is some of the kitschiest stuff you will ever find on CD. It really brings to mind images of the way things used to be and the way people percieved space and the future back in the '50s. Now, sadly, it's just a fun novelty, but back then this was serious stuff, and "THE SOUND OF THE FUTURE!" If you listen long enough, you feel like you've gone back in time and find yourself imaging the future this way too. It's really cool how this CD in a way functions as a...great big time capsule.

    From the opening of "Gay Spirits," you're pulled in. Those first notes make you see pictures like the one of the Milky Way at the beginning of "The Jetsons."

    The incomparable Les Baxter, who seemed to excel in whatever he tried, was the pioneer of space-age exotica before he got into the jungle exotica that's found on other U-L volumes. His spacey stuff is the very epitome of futuristic kitsch, and it's irresistible to listen to. "Moon Moods" will show you that. And get a load of the jumping orchestral piece "Saturday Night on Saturn," with its lush, swirling strings and its bongos and trumpets--it rivals "This Room is My Castle of Quiet" as the best piece on the CD. I'm not exactly sure HOW spacey his cover of "Calcutta" is, but it's cool. Dig the maracas!

    Dean Elliott heard as one big cartoon. Take a listen to his two offerings. Cole Porter's "You're the Top" complete with ringing phones and a host of FX that sound like they were mined from the Hanna-Barbera sound library. And the disc is closed with the fantastic, swinging "Lonesome Road." I fell in love with this one on the Fuzzy Sampler, along with the gargling, car horns, coughing, popping bubbles, crashes, tinkles, whistles, high heels, slamming doors, pops, and baby noises. Very infectious, indeed!

    For more kitsch, there's the pizzicatto choir on "Holiday for Strings." (Listen for when they go "Zing-boom, zing-boom...") Tak Shindo has a very funny and Oriental-sounding "Stumbling," Baxter serves up a crazy "Sabre Dance" from his 'Wild Guitars' album, and Felix Slatkin features chimes on "I Get a Kick Out of You." If you have, by chance, ever played the classic "Earthbound" for Super NES, "Satan Takes a Holiday" will remind you of music from that game. Very oddish-sounding, it's somehow effective.

    Space, like most things, can be jazzed up, as is evident in the light vibes on "Lover." Vibes are also prominent on "Power House," probably one of the best-recognized tunes ever. (Remember those Rube Goldberg machines on the old toon shorts?) It doesn't sound like space to me, but I love "Drivin' Round the Block!" That beat is inescapable! The song I bought the CD for, "Puttin' On the Ritz," didn't fail to please. A big band, a swinging arrangement, bongos, vibes, guitars, and even castanets all work together for a really slam-bang number. Swing fans, see if you can catch the part where the band samples from "Sing, Sing, Sing!" Loved it! I first heard "Istanbul" when They Might Be Giants did it on "Tiny Toons" years ago. The strongly jazzy version included here is the best ever. This is largely due to the boisterous trumpet player, sounding like Satchmo gone Latin. From the flamenco flourish at the intro to the last naughty growl, you're hooked. The version that follows really leave something to desire, not being able to leap the bar that the first left.

    The standout piece is Billy May's eerie "This Room is My Castle of Quiet." It'll keep you listening for hours. The melody is played by a theremin, recognized by most as that odd vibrating whistle used in old sci/fi movies when the aliens attacked. It's so effective, and makes the haunting melody linger in your mind long after the song has ended. My only complaint about this disc is that there was only one theremin track.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD. Best of the series.
    When i first heard this CD in a friends stereo i hated it. I thought it was too weird. Then I realized that I kept wanting to hear it so I bought my own copy. Now, I absolutely love it!! It totally reminds me of old Star Trek episodes. I always feel like i am in a room full of lava lamps and strange creatures. It's pure camp. i have since then purchased several other Ultra-Lounge CDs but this one is still my favorite. A must have!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I'm nice and I don't care who knows it!
    If you were born in the 50s or avidly watch 50s rerun TV, you know what this CD is all about. Take 'pleasantness' to the nth degree and this is the drug of choice. 'Gay Spirits' and 'Holiday for Strings' will cement those feelings. If you want to be pleasantly drugged for a short period without all the muss and fuss of real drugs, this CD will do the trick. Even though some of the jazz titles make you expect jazz arrangements, don't be fooled. None of this is jazz. It's so upbeat you'll want to do missionary work. Really! ... Read more

    17. Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 17: Bongo Land
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Ultra-lounge's most rigorous entry.
    This 'Bongo-land' volume is the most rigorous of the 'Ultra-lounge' series.Most of the series has strong latin elements, but this one is further latin than any of the others.Its the only one that sounds like North-Americans didn't make, at least not on their own (which is in no way a criticism of the ones that 'do' sound North-American made).It is the most spontaneous sounding, though still in keeping with the polished/composed approach of the Ultra-Lounge series.
    There are 17 listed tracks PLUS little unlisted solo bongo interludes spotted thru-out.There is alot of variety.Each melody is distinctive, and there are tempo-changes all over the place.The rhythm is so successfull at ful-filling the expectations that a title like "Bongo-land", brings.But, as in all 'ultra-lounge' cd's, its never just one instrument taking the lime-light.As long as you realize that the bongos aren't always in the fore-ground (except for the interludes), you can't be dis-appointed.
    (There are so many 'ultra-lounge' volumes that could be named as the best.My votes go eerily close to a previous reviewer's.Mondo-Exotica is my muse at n.1.This one, Bongo-land, belts me at n.2).

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best in the Ultra Lounge series!!
    Although I think all of the Ultra Lounge CDs are just fantastic, I admit that this one and "Mondo Exotica" are constantly jockeying for the position of my favorite volume. These tunes are just so catchy and upbeat, and they remind me of something you'd hear in some strange hybrid lounge-slash-beatnik-coffe-shop. Of course, I've yet to find such a place, but when I do, I guarantee they'll be playing this music.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Latin Fever
    Oooh, so many Desi Arnaz moments on this disc! Like being at Ricky's nightclub in the 50's! Best track: "Brazil." You'll freak at the piercing whistles and fast, faster, fastest drumming!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Take a trip back to the Era of Cool
    I'm up to 13 Ultra Lounge CDs since discovering the fuzzy sampler, and Bongo Land was one of the best. I love the whole thing! Sipping drinks in low lighting and playing this in surround sound made us feel like we were back in a coffee house in the Age of Cool, daddy-o. While all of the Ultra Lounge CDs are great, I highly recommend Bongo Land. My favorite track is "Brazil". Enjoy, cats!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bongo Bonanza! Percussion at its Perkiest!
    It is almost impossible to listen to most of the tracks on this great CD without feeling the urge to get out on the dance floor and flail around. These drum-driven tunes are what Lounge Music is all about. Hardly any clinkers at all in this batch of bongo bits. ... Read more

    18. Burning For Buddy: A Tribute To The Music Of Buddy Rich, Vol. 2
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Swing Album
    My high school marching band is playing channel one suite this year off this cd, and it's just one of the best swing albums you can evr buy.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Channel One Massacre
    I don't even want to know what Buddy would say about this if he were alive (especially after reading about how... umm... "well" he treated his band as it was). They destroyed the piece by trying to fit vocals where they don't fit... it's like trying to put a square peg in a round hole. They replaced the beautiful, expressive sax solo with plastic, popish vocals. It's like replacing Coltrane with Kenny G. Another thing, in a tribute to Buddy one should never used the word SMASH to describe his playing. Buddy himself said he doesn't "smash" or "bang" the drums, he PLAYS them. Well, I guess after trashing this track so much, I should say something nice about it: the remaster makes the drum solo sound a lot clearer than it is on "Mercy...". This album could've been good, five stars maybe, but I don't remember anything except the time I spent rolling on the floor laughing and crying over Channel One Suite. I've heard some great songs done in "vocalese" before (Al Jarreau's version of "Spain", a version of Caravan... I don't remember the name of the group), but this piece really left me with a horrible aftertaste. Buy the album, but remember, TRACK THIRTEEN DOES NOT EXIST!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Should have been a 2-CD set instead of separate albums
    If you liked Vol. I, then Vol. II is a natural choice. It is an excellent album; however, I gave it only 4 stars because it is comprised of the overflow of recording sessions that wouldn't fit onto Vol. I. Obviously, the best songs were picked for the first volume, but don't let that hinder you from buying this one as well. It is still worth the money.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Teaching Tool
    There seems to be a strong consensus that listeners should skip the over-dubbed "Channel One." Ditto, but the real clinker on this otherwise excellent CD is "Goodbye Yesterday," played by Simon Phillips. This was always one of my favorite Rich charts, one of many fine efforts by Don Piestrup in his book. I was enthused to see it included in Part II, especially since I had never heard him play it live in a dozen or so concerts. But I have to say that Simon Phillips' work left me speechless. He has absolutely NO CLUE! Just listen to Buddy's work on the "Mercy, Mercy" album and then follow up with this one. Was he kidding? Why would Neal Peart include this disastrous cut? We are not talking about the impossibility of playing up with The Master, here, but just complete misinterpretation.

    This album is a great teaching tool. Novice drummers will learn much by listening to the original cuts, and then the new versions. Some very lame big band drumming can be contrasted with great work by Smitty Smith, Dave Weckle, and Joe Morello. Neal Peart clearly is the best of the rockers.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Oh sweet lord, no . .
    I loved this CD, I thought it was great. The only thing about this CD that made me a little angry was the application of vocalese to Channel One Suite. Maybe, I'm taking it personally but I think this song is iconographic and it didn't deserve to be tampered with. In this context, the lyrics sounded stilted and maudlin. I'll bet Buddy Rich was turning in his grave after this recording was made. ... Read more

    19. Take It Off! Strip Tease Classics
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Sexy and Energetic
    What an uplifting CD! If you ever need some music to give you energy, to make you feel better, or to just set the mood if need be. I have enjoyed burlesque music for a while now mainly becuase of its intelligent blend of spunk, attitude, energy and sheer sexuality. My personal favorite track on this CD is the Shivas Regal song which i first heard in a preformance by Dita Von Teese. Now if you're thinking 'this isnt my thing' or you just 'don't listen to that kind of music' well you might surprise even yourself. If a 15 year old listener of death metal like myself can enjoy this album, who's saying you cant?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Classics is right!
    This is an amazing album.
    I HIGHLY recommend buying this.
    Not only does listening to it make you feel sexy but its a complete feel good album.
    Every song is brilliant and leaves you smiling.
    Before you know it you're moving your hips from side to side, swaying your shoulders and shaking the booty!
    I don't see how anyone could not like this CD.
    Young or old, this is a CD for everyone.
    Take It off! Strip Tease Classics CD is medicine for bedroom bliss, a lonely day, anti-stress etc.
    I guarantee this will be the best 52:05 minutes you've had in a long time.
    What are you waiting for? BUY IT!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Burlesque Sound
    If you like classic burlesque, this is the CD for you. It has all the greats, authentically performed with good sound. I've not found any other CD which comes close. Great for memories...or just listening! Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not just for stripping....
    This disk has been in my CD-player for a week! The music is energizing, catchy and has that fantastic combination of innocence, flirtiness and exaggeration that brings the days of burlesque into your livingroom. If you want to strip for your partner without seeming sleazy, just popping this in and walking to the music will give you the inspiration you need. You'll know what to do after that.

    But there's more, it's so cute, upbeat and out-of-place in your daily life it's a great pick-me-up before work, calms your potential road rage, and brings out good cheer even after the worst work day. If you like to smile, treat yourself to this little number.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hard to resist the urge to shimmy and shake!
    After admiring the concept of this cd for a while, but not commiting to buying it, I finally felt spontaneous and ordered it. If you're any sort of fan of the old, classy burlesque shows of days past, or a fan of big production vegas numbers...pick this up! If you have ever wanted to strip for your significant other (or whomever else tickles your fancy)...pick this up! If you are a little shy, this music will do a lot to inspire you, with it's big band sound, wailing horn sections, and some really great grandiose numbers that you can't help moving along with. The rhythm section and horn section of some of these feature orchestras put together some seductive selections. Some of these songs are familiar numbers that you may remember enjoying, and the others are new favorites to be! Truly a great soundtrack when you're thinking of something very classy, and a little risque! ... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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