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1. The Girl from Ipanema: The Antonio
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3. Bossa Nova Brasil
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20. A Twist of Jobim

1. 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).

THIS IS A MUST HAVE CD FOR ANY COLLECTION!

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


2. Salsa Fresca! Dance Hits of the '90s
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5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent dance compilation
I have a love of dancing mambo, this is one of the best compilations around for dance music for salsa and mambo used in dance competitions all over....I reccomend it, I have not gotten tired of it for the 6 years I have owned it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for salsa dancing-Homenaje a los rumberos
This cd offers a wonderful compilation of top of the line salsas that can meet the needs of all salsa fans. The cd has various artists and the songs were carefully selected thus offering both fast pace and romantic salsas in one cd. Good salsa compilations through and through are a rare find. Therefore if you like to dance this one is for you. I strongly recommend this cd for salsa connoisseurs and salsa enthusiasts who are new to this genre of music. Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow!!!! EXCELENTE CD
Un cd para recordar lo que es la musica clasica de salsa en aquellos tiempos en que se tocaba buena musica de verdad y no se hablaba de sexo y de tantas cosas como ahora,se disfrutan los instrumentos y se siente la sangre que hirve....lo recomiendo 100%.
Que viva la salsa pa' siempre!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Salsa CD
The more I listen to it, the more I like it. Great music!

5-0 out of 5 stars Really a must have
This really is a must have for any Salsa dancer.
It is one of my top recommendations for my site. ... Read more


3. 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


4. Masters of Flamenco Guitar
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Many subtly varied kinds of music fall under the rubric of flamenco, which is a style of singing, dancing, and even living, as well as playing the guitar. This collection presents a good guitar selection, highlighted by the polished technique of Sabicas, the profundity of Manolo de Huelva, and the sheer brilliance of Melchor de Marchena. There is a drastic change of atmosphere in the transition from track 10 (a zapateado played by Nino Ricardo) to track 11: Manolo de Huelva accompanying the voice of Manuel Vallejo. Suddenly we are in a cuadro, the natural environment of flamenco, with a group of participants clapping, stamping their feet, and shouting encouragement to the musicians. No longer is it just a man sitting alone on a stage or in a studio, playing the guitar fluently and flawlessly; this is cante hondo, the heart of flamenco, intense and astringent, and the best of this disc's many flavors. --Joe McLellan ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars For all lovers of true Flamenco
With all the 'Neuvo Flamenco' and its accompaning popularity. It is nice (and a relief) I might add, to hear the flamenco guitar in its purist form. Not only does this cd contain Sabicas and Nino Ricardo. It also contains four very rare perfomances by Manolo de Huelva. Which are difficult to find anywhere. Also included are Melchor de Marchena performing six pieces. This is truly Pure Flamenco at its best.

3-0 out of 5 stars Carlos Montoya
to the reviewer who asked if anyone heard of Carlos Montoya. I not only have heard of him but i saw him in person perform at Miss State University for a Lyceum event.It was about 1960. I have never seen anything like it, one man on a stool all alone, and music and percusion sounds from his finger nails and fingers that is not describable, you have to be there to understand. That one evening turned me into a true flamingo fan, but I have never found anything that compares to Carlos Montoya. He was spiritually moving.

2-0 out of 5 stars Have you heard of???
To all of those who have heard many flamenco styles. I have but one individual. do you remember Carlos Montoya Let me know if you have any music of him. he is a rare bred indeed. I learned to play his music when i was but 12 Hope someone has heard of him He was discribed has having the fastest fingers in the world. Ty

5-0 out of 5 stars RAW, hard core, Flamenco Guitar!!!
If you are looking for something along the lines of Gypsy Soul (HIGHLY recommend it) or Gypsy Passion (also wonderful music), which I was, this most likely is not one for you.

This is R-A-W & hard core Flamenco guitar without much, if any, other vocal or instrumental accompaniment. I guess, the title says it all.

The masters can sure "pick'em".

I am warming up to it......slowly ;-).

5-0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!
absolutely wonderful. this cd is just what i was looking for. beautiful music performed by some of the most talented artists i have ever heard. this is a treasure. OLE'! ... Read more


5. Latin Lullaby
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Including contributions from Tex-Mex power folkie Tish Hinojosa, Cuban opera diva Clara Alonso, and Nelie Lebrón Robles, lead singer of Paracumbé, an Afro-Puerto Rican outfit, Latin Lullaby is a richly moving encounter with dream-inducing tunes sung in Spanish. Drawing on the relatively new folk customs of Latin America, this collection features elegant guitar noodling, classical orchestration, a cappella intimacy, and straight-ahead guitar and voice lullaby, as on "Duermete Mi Nino" ("Sleep My Child"), Venezuela's national anthem. Also present are progressively traditional ballads of parental love and protection, adult concerns, and gently rootsy narratives detailing the everyday responsibilities of child rearing. The latter is exemplified by Mili Bermejo's "La Cuna de Tu Hijo" ("The Cradle of Your Child"), in which a proud papa labors over crafting a customary baby bed, as well as by Cuban pop star Xiamantha Laugart's cheeky medley about a mother's negligence and a dancing baby. --Paige La Grone ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars My baby's favorite CD
This CD is my baby's favorite since he was only a week old. It is so soothing to be put to sleep to and the songs are so melodic and a welcome change from those clangy anoying music box type music. This is real music you would listen to yourself for a nice hot bath. The songs are easy to learn and sing with your child weather or not you are a spanish speaking family. It was a nice way for my baby to learn Spanish and reenforce his language in the home.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Sleepytime Music
I bought this CD for my daughter when she was just a couple of weeks old. She's now 3 mos. old and won't go to sleep unless we play it for her. Sometimes I can hum the "Senora Santana" song to her and she falls right to sleep. I highly recommend this CD

5-0 out of 5 stars a wonderful CD
My baby loves this CD- it makes him sooo sleepy. It makes us sleepy too! There is one song that is a little "upbeat" and not really "lullaby-like" but I would still give it 5 stars. The spanish lyrics are beautiful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic, Soul-Searching Music
This CD is incredible -- my infant son was lulled to sleep by it, and it calmed him when nothing else could. Well, I missplaced the CD for about a year and a half, had another baby during that time, and found it today while I was doing a deep cleaning of our house. I popped the CD in, and my son (now three years old) sat there enchanted. I just now rocked him to sleep like I used to while listening to it, and it brought back a flood of heart-warming memories. Then I put my infant daughter to sleep, and it was touching to see her fall asleep to it, too. The songs touch your very soul, especially A La Nanita Nana.

5-0 out of 5 stars My baby loves this CD!
My baby boy, who is now 9.5 months old, was adopted at 7 months from Latin America. We listen to this CD every night, and before each nap. Every time I put it on, his eyes get huge, and he is mesmerized by the music. He listens to it very calmly for about 15 minutes, and then drifts off to sleep. I really like it, too. It's very, very calming. I highly recommend it! ... Read more


6. Guitar Greats: The Best of New Flamenco
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Having witnessed the rise of Tango Nuevo, the refurbishing of Argentina's best-known native music by bandoneon maestro Astor Piazzolla, listeners might muse a bit that "New Flamenco" is an odd renovation to the Spanish guitar music's storied traditions. Odd or not, the music is certainly popular. Guitar Greats: The Best of New Flamenco shares the floor with other compilations of contemporary artists working in the tradition, specifically Narada's Viva Flamenco! and its roster of guitarists playing along with keyboards, drums, and other textures. So the "New Flamenco" isn't a burnishing or rootsy exploration in the vein of Piazzolla. Instead, Ottmar Liebert, Strunz & Farah, Oscar Lopez, Luis Villegas, and eight more artists examine on Guitar Greats how Flamenco shakes the hand of pan-Ethnic music, New Age ambience, and--of course--virtuoso guitar playing. Some of the best moments here belong not to Liebert or Strunz & Farah, though. Dan Young & Lawson Rollins sound dizzying and rhythmically potent on "Scorpion," as does Luis Villegas on "Spider Hugs," with its irresistibly parading rhythmic intensity. Guitar Greats will likely sound old hat to many of the music's enthusiasts, but it'll easily win Flamenco converts.--Andrew Bartlett ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Pure flamenco or not... enjoy it ! Dance in your car!
*Guitar Greats, The Best of New Flamenco* at first sight might look like one of those 'Various Artists' loss leader compilations you see on Info-mercials or UHF stations at two in the morning. Or you might mistake it for the traditional, Segovia version of flamenco.

But NOoooooooooo! This disc is really quite good! It is a fine collection of energetic, up-tempo, well-rendered and well-sequenced songs in the 'nuevo flamenco' style. Contributions from Govi, Young & Rollins, Strunz & Farah, Ottmar Liebert, Nova Menco, Oscar Lopez, and other artists make it first rate.

I'll guarantee it. Most of these tunes will cause you to dance in your car or your office chair, or just plain get up and dance.

My spouse brought it home after hearing it playing in Borders. We soon discovered this is great car-driving music, especially with the sunroof and windows open, hair flowing in the wind.

I recommend you purchase this CD and put it in your player. It will make your house dusting a little more exciting and go a lot faster. Or you can always put on your best peasant girl outfit, clench a rose between your teeth and let the music carry you away...

5-0 out of 5 stars Acoustics ... the Art of Listening
These 2 months marked my entry into a new genre of musical enchantment. I used to like pop, rock and jazz (still do), but a chance introduction to the romantic and seductive sounds made simply by an acoustic guitar got my motors firing on all cylinders...

I am totally mesmerised and i've fallen in love with the music of the acoustic guitars. I hv. NEVER heard any of these masterful artistes' names ever before in this GREAT album. The music from this album earns 100 stars! (out of five)

Thereon, I have purchased more CDs than i've previously did in 10 months! In a short two months, i've collected the following albums;

Jesse Cook:- "Free Fall" "Vertigo" and "Gravity"

Ottmar Liebert:- "Innamorare - Summer Flamenco"

Armik:- "Rubia" "Rosas del Amor" and "Gypsy Flame"

Oscar Lopez:- "Armando's Fire"

Next, I'm planning to purchase a couple from "Govi"... Is this testimony enough that "Guitar Greats - The Best Of New Flamenco" is a superbly GREAT buy?

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Invigorating!
This CD is absolutely fantastic!!! I have been listening to this almost everyday since I bought this a few months back. Its really great, especially after a long day at work - a fabulous way to unwind..it totally transforms your mood. Its soothing and at the same time invigorating, very rarely can something be both.

Also goes well with a glass of wine, with a book, for a nice evening with your partner, almost anything!! Even my 10 month old daughter just loves it!

And, oh yes, the guitar work is stupendous, out of the world - if you are a guitar aficionado, you GOT TO HAVE THIS.

Worth its weight in gold.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Invigorating
This CD is absolutely fantastic!!! I have been listening to this almost everyday since I bought this a few months back. Its really great, especially after a long day at work - a fabulous way to unwind..it totally transforms your mood. Its soothing and at the same time invigorating, very rarely can something be both.

Also goes well with a glass of wine, with a book, for a nice evening with your partner, almost anything!! Even my 10 month old daughter just loves it!

And, oh yes, the guitar work is stupendous, out of the world - if you are a guitar aficionado, you GOT TO HAVE THIS.

Worth its weight in gold.

1-0 out of 5 stars A Lesson
Flamenco solo guitar has always been innovative ever since Ramon Montoya (the father of flamenco solo guitar) started to include classical guitar techniques in the beginning of the 1900's.

Then came Sabicas and Niño Ricardo who by todays standard are considered 'traditional' or 'classic'.

Then in the 70's came Serranito, Paco de Lucia and Manolo Sanlúcar that started to mix influences from other musical styles into flamenco and are the founders to what is modern flamenco solo guitar today.

Countless young guitarists have been influenced by these three guitarists; Tomatito, Vicente Amigo, Gerardo Núñez, Juan Manuel Cañizares.

Just listen to any of the above mentioned guitarists before being duped into buying this poor excuse of a record. ... Read more


7. 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.
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8. Salsa, Merengue, Mambo!
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5-0 out of 5 stars HIghly Reccomended
I bought this cd not knowing what in earth to expect...but i love it! It has unique range of dance tracks, vocals, rhythm, sass and brass! I adore this album for all it is!

5-0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING!!!
THIS CD HAS IT ALL (VARIETY) YOU'VE GOT TO LISTEN TO THE WORDS, EACH SONG HAS A STORY TO TELL, I LOVED IT! ... Read more


9. 20 Years of the New York Salsa
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3-0 out of 5 stars Good album, but sounds a little off
I'd give it 4 stars but the introduction tracks are annoying and the "live" sound sounds fake to me. The crowd feels artificial, the recordings sound almost studio like, and the segways don't sound right.
If you can get past that, the music is great.

5-0 out of 5 stars A fantastic album
Put this on when you want to dance!

5-0 out of 5 stars Chock full of great artists
This is truly a CD worth having. It's full of great music from some of the best musicians in Salsa music. Definitely a keeper. I enjoy listening to it in my car as well as when I'm dancing with friends. One of my favorite tracks is from the Awesome band from Japan, Orquestra De La Luz. I love the live sound! Higly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars "The Best Of The Best!"
This album is terribly infectious! Can't stop listening to it. If you claim to be a salsa fan then this compilation of music is a must have. Let's just say it's like having the BEST of the BEST. One of the very best albums I've ever bought, ever!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is HOT! HOT! HOT!
This album is chock full of latin flavor. You will not be able to just sit down and listen to this. The music will have you on your feet from beginning to end. It is definitely worth buying. ... Read more


10. Amores Perros (2000 Film)
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The remarkable and violent Mexican film Amores Perros boasts an equally exhilarating soundtrack. Producer Gustavo Santaolalla has assembled two discs' worth of Latin rock and alternative music songs that are both included in and inspired by the film, interspersed with his own original instrumental pieces. The result is an epic, sometimes unwieldy collection, with contributions from usual suspects (Control Machete, Cafe Tacuba) as well as unexpected guests ('60s hit makers the Hollies, female rockers Dover). The first disc boasts past hits from artists, and the second disc includes songs inspired by the theme "amores perros" (roughly translated as "dog loves"). The Amores Perros soundtrack is being marketed as a Latin rock collection, and while it does include solid tracks from traditionalists Fiebre, exciting newcomer Julieta Venegas, and the Trent Reznor-esque Moenia, there's more here than searing guitars and fiery vocals. Salsa queen Celia Cruz's "La Vida Es un Carnaval" sets a passionate rhythm, Titan's "Corazon" rides a funkadelic groove, and "Dime Cuando" is pure bossa nova bliss. --Joey Guerra ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars aWeSoMe rOcK En eSpAnOL.......
I am probably one of the hugest fans of Amores Perros the movie and when I went to buy the soundtrack, I was as equally impressed with the quality and performances. This 2 disc set combines music from the movie, as well as music inspired by the movie.I really enjoy both cds and there are tracks that stand out on both. On the first cd is the great track "si senor" you can jam to that forever. I also love "Lucha de Gigantes" and of course the classic "Vida es un Carnaval" by the late great reina de salsa, Celia Cruz. As for disc 2, it contains great tracks as well.My two favorites are Cafe Tacuba and Moenia (one of my favorite groups of all time). If you have the movie on dvd, you can see the Cafe Tacuba music video for "muerdeme" I was kind of hoping that the Moenia video would be on there, but it's still awesome nevertheless. So if you're a rock en espanol fan, or you just liked the music on the soundtrack this is an awesome choice.Highly recommneded!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars best cd
my brother went out to get the cd and when i started lissening to it i was put into a sort of trance. the music can be alittle depressing especially if you are getting over a girl/boy friend. but the veriatty of the music is just amazing. if you dont like one type of song their are several more you can hear.

4-0 out of 5 stars good music but the movie's better
the same thing happened to me with this soundtrack that happened to me with the soundtrack for Y Tu Mama Tambien -- I enjoyed the movie so much that I rushed out to buy the soundtrack, but then I discovered that the music didn't stand so well on its own -- but it's still good music and worth listening to

5-0 out of 5 stars Tremendo soundtrack y punto!
Esta banda sonora de la pelicula "Amores Perros" es un trabajo increible de recopilacion de material previo junto con trabajos nuevos por parte de algunos de los mejores exponentes del Rock en Mexico y otras voces de America Latina, producido por el fabuloso Gustavo Santaolalla, musico que ha recorrido mucho camino ya, desde sus inicios en los 70 en Argentina (en la misma epoca de Charly Garcia y Luis Alberto Espinetta) hasta su produccion de bandas como Molotov, Cafe Tacuba y otras. Entre los numeros que mas me llamaron la atencion estan todas las piezas interpretadas por Santaolalla (si les gustan, consigan su album "Ronroco" -es fabuloso!) y los temas incluidos por parte de Control Machete, Julieta Venegas y Moenia. Escucharlo es revivir la pelicula, la cual recomiendo tambien ampliamente.

5-0 out of 5 stars Esta Perron...
If you haven't seen this movie, see it, if you have seen it, see it again, and then buy the soundtrack/tribute. The soundtrack is great, and since the movie is so strong, you listen to the songs and say "Oh, Nacha Pop, that was playing when..." (If you've seen it, you'll know what I mean, if you haven't, see it so you get it!)I think the tribute ("Musica") disc is a bit better than the soundtrack, in particular, Control Machete (featuring the beautiful and Siren-voiced Ely Guerra.)called "Amores Perros de Perros Amores" I think if the rest of the album was crap, (and its not) this song alone would validate the fact that its almost 24 dollars. That song personafies the whole movie. Another great song is by Moenia (think Depeche Mode, by way of Mexico)called LADO ANIMAL. Deep dark lyrics, and a great quote by "Susana" "Si quieres hacer reir a Dios, cuentale tus planes" Haunting song. By far Amores Perros is the best soundtrack in any language to a movie in a long, long time ... Read more


11. Gypsy Soul: New Flamenco
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5-0 out of 5 stars FLAMENCO OR NOT, IT'S BRILLIANT
The talent, toil, passion and devotion of the artists on this ensemble collection cannot be surpassed. Though every cut is outstanding, some prove even more dynamic. The virtuosity of Jesse Cook and emotional arrangments and percussion on Bozzio Levin Stevens "Duende" are riveting. Di Meola's "Mediteranean Sundance" can only be topped when listening to it on the live San Francisco album when joined by de Lucia and John McGlaughlin.

Anyone contemplating negative commentary on this CD needs to "take a deep one". The end sum of years of bleeding fingers, lifetimes of devotion to thier art and passionate hours of playing easily total a millenium!

An absolute gem in any collection - whether you know it or not!

5-0 out of 5 stars New Flamenco Soul
This is not traditional flamenco, but rather a mixture of flamenco, Latin and jazz wrapped together to make for seventy-minutes of pure listening joy. The flamenco style is definitely the overlying theme of the album filled with tremolos, rasgueos, glopes and lightning-fast runs. Everyone that appears on this album is a master of the guitar, from those you'd expect like Paco de Lucia and Al Di Meola to those who will surprise you, namely Slash. Fourteen tracks and sixteen amazing pickers provide a varied flavor for this album.

Jesse Cook starts the album with "Rattle and Burn" and sets the tone with this rumba-sounding piece. His melody comes off effortless with elegant ease. A very nice sounding piece. There is something special about two or more guitars playing at the same time, which makes "Heat of the Sun" from Strunz and Farah a joy to listen to. Each guitarist has their own voice and they counterbalance each other well. Plus, the speed of these guys is unbelievable. A more classic sounding piece comes from Oscar Lopez from his piece "Fire and Fury". Lopez is a master of the guitar and music as can be seen from the way he changes speeds throughout this piece with fingers a blur. Ruben Romero turns in the star performance of this album with his rendition of "Malaguena". His slow intro gives way to increasing speed, and his techniques will leave your jaw dropped.

Compilations like "Gypsy Soul" are great in exposing you to many artists at one time each with their own sound and nuances. This allows you to follow up with the artists that you enjoy the most. There isn't a dud on this album, and the talent and sound will leave you begging for more.

4-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, but not "purist"
The musicianship in "Gypsy Soul" is excellent by any standard. However, if your looking for a "pure" flamenco disc, this isn't it. My overall impression is that "Gypsy" is a very good collection of artists discovering new directions in which flamenco can be taken. There are tracks that lean more on the traditional side like Oscar Lopez on "Fire and Fury" and Ruben Romero on "Malaguena" but for the most part gypsy blends with other musical styles. At the low points, some of the tracks seemed tainted with a "new age" sound that added a kind of cheesiness to an otherwise beautiful performance. The high points more than compensate with performances that are technically jaw-dropping, but avoid being showy or boastful. The playing is fluid and passionate. This disk will quickly transport you to sun-drenched exotic places. I bought it a couple years ago and I still play regularly. Not one of those discs you forget about or use as a coaster.

1-0 out of 5 stars SOULLESS NON-GYPSY MUZAK YUCK!!!
I just had to warn you! DO NOT BUY THIS CD! THIS IS NOT REAL FLAMENCO! IT'S NOT EVEN REAL JAZZ OR LATIN MUSIC. IT IS HOWEVER: MUZAK. You know..that piped in stuff that you hear while travelling in an elevator or walking through your local mall. DO NOT BE FOOLED THIS MUZAK HAS NO REAL SOUL.

5-0 out of 5 stars Narada's best guitar compilation
Why can't Narada make a habit of releasing records this good?Most of the cuts on the album are good and there are a few gems.Slash of defunct Guns N Roses makes an appearence with"Obsession Confession",a hard driving virtuoistic masterpiece that he wrote for a soundtrack."Duende"by Bozzio Levin Stevens is a 7 minute mini epic that is intensity and passion personified."Malaguena", a traditional spanish guitar workout is given a go by Ruben Romero."Ritmos de Valarta"is a breezy and upbeat tune of Benedetti and Svoboda.Jesse Cook's "Rattle and burn"is just what the title implies,a fast and furious sparkler that is chez kool and packed with tremendous energy.The masterwork of the collection is by jazz great Al di Meola.His"Mediterranean Sundance"is exhibit A in virtuoistic jazz and world guitar playing.The progressions and changes in the piece are startling and evokes every image of the sun drenched Mediterranean you can imagine.This is without doubt the best compilation Narada has ever put together.Here's hoping for many more to come. ... Read more


12. Salsa-Hot & Spicy Dance Hits
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14. Latino! Latino!
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The title of this CD is mildly misleading as this collection is not strictly homegrown Latin in its focus. There are also tracks by Manzanita, a Spanish Roma (Gypsy) player famous for his rumba flamenca (this is what the Gipsy Kings play); Kaoma (a group famous--or infamous--for its high-profile participation in the lambada craze); and Ricardo Lemvo, a Congolese star with an Afro-Cuban style redolent of Kinshasa during the 1960s. That being said, it is unlikely that these 10 tracks will disappoint anyone. It's prime stuff, ranging from Colombia's Toto La Momposina to Oscar de Leon from Venezuela, to the Bay Area's own Conjunto Céspedes. Latin music is a complicated subject and many would-be listeners are too intimidated to try it. This album was compiled by a fan, rather than a pundit, with a naive enthusiasm that's certain to help beginners feel relaxed enough for further explorations. --Christina Roden ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A great cd
This is an album that is sure to lift your spirits. Full of great Latin dance beats, from artists from Cuba, Spain, South America and even Zaire. A great selection and variety, from Salsa and Rumba to Son. The booklet is also very informative, with a piece about each artist and the song. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent****
I first heard this CD when I started teaching 1st grade. My first graders loved this CD and asked me to play it for them..I fell in love with it too. Even my own children love the music. No matter what nationality you are, you will enjoy this CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! Makes me want to dance!
This is a fabulous compilation. Wonderful beats and melodies make you feel like you are in a steamy latin nightclub. "Music from the Coffee Lands" (another Putumayo release) is also wonderful!

5-0 out of 5 stars Variety and great beats... I give it a 98!
The only way this album would get a perfect score would be if it included the lyrics to the wonderful selection of songs included. From start to finish, if this CD doesn't get your pulse going, instruct your relatives to call 911--you're dead! I have a large latin album collection and I come back to this one time and again for the variety it offers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Dance Music
As a ballroom and latin dance instructor, I have used this Latin CD more than any that I own. The Cha Cha's and Salsa's are of perfect tempo. The music is simply wonderful to listen to whether dancing or not. ... Read more


15. Original Salsoul Classics: The 20th Anniversary
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5-0 out of 5 stars long live the salsoul orchestra
Now this is one hell of an album.If disco and dancing was ever your thing, then this compiliation is absolutly mandatory
It seems like every song is a N.Y club scene classic. The only thing missing was the disco ball!

5-0 out of 5 stars Another World Of Disco!
This collection along with the "Salsoul Classics 2" is very essential to all disco fans that want something different than mainstream artists like Donna Summer, The Bee Gees, Gloria Gaynor...

If you bought "The Disco Box" and/or "The Disco Years, Vol. 1-7", then you will like this collection. Salsoul was just as important to the Disco era as those artists. First Choice, Instant Funk, Double Exposure, and of course The Salsoul Orchestra (which had friendly competition with MFSB and Love Unlimited Orchestra) were talented artists that helped spawn disco. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Greatest songs in Salsoul history
Without question the greatest selection of music from the
Disco era and one unforgettable record company.
There is not one day that goes by that I am humming
in my head " My love is free' by Double Exposure.
Loleatta's hits "Hit and run", " Love Sensation" and " Dreamin".
" Doctor Love" and " Double Cross" by First Choice.
The music of 2000 and up will never reach the status of classic.
These are songs that will transcend time and I will never stop
dancing to them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Salsoul!!
This 2-CD set is a collection of some of Salsoul Records' classic tracks, all in their full-length versions. While many songs here may be familiar to those who heard them in the clubs, there are also some tunes that became radio hits ("I Got My Mind Made Up"-Instant Funk, e.g.). The wide variety of sounds found on this set (spanning roughly from 1975 to 1983), is just mesmerizing. Some tunes are ultimate workout numbers: Loleatta Holloway's "Dreamin'", "Love Sensation" and "Hit And Run", Double Exposure's "Ten Percent", and Ripple's "The Beat Goes On". There are two Shep Pettibone remixes from 1983 of previously released records: "Let No Man Put Asunder" (originally recorded by First Choice in 1977) and "Oooh I Love It (Love Break)", a reworking of Salsoul Orchestra's 1975 LP cut "Chicago Bus Stop". Famed Paradise Garage d.j. Larry Levan's "Garage" version of Inner Life's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" clocks in at 10:27. For those who have just become acquainted with the music of this excellent record label, this 2-disc set is worth every penny!! Other fine cuts from this collection include First Choice's "Love Thang" (1979), Aurra's "Checking You Out" (1982), Inner Life's "Moment Of My Life" (also from 1982), and Skyy's "Call Me" (1981).

5-0 out of 5 stars Chronic Disco Classics..............
This a great CD to purchase. This CD is packed with jammin disco classics. Many people try to diss disco, but many don't know or understand how DEEP First Choice or Loletta Holloway really are. There are plenty of disco classic on this CD. First Choice & Loletta both got alot of radio play on Chicago's WBMX 102.7 in the 80's. ... Read more


16. The Best of Flamenco
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4-0 out of 5 stars A bit of the new and old
ARC records produces great traditional flamenco artists that never disappoints. I got this cd based on that. However, about half the tracks are "New World", "Nouveau", or new flamenco with Latin beats and such. Those tracks are still good but I'm all hardcore "Old World" flamenco. By all means this compilation cd provides the listener with both old and modern flamenco songs that are quite interesting. Great value for the buck and I'm sure the intention of ARC records was to expose Flamenco music at an intro price.

5-0 out of 5 stars You Will Be Happy
You will be happy you chose this cd. Its upbeat and passionate. The music gets you off your seat flamenco dancing, even if you don't know how it doesn't matter. I discovered it while purchasing a couple much more expensive flamenco recordings. This was so inexpensive I figured it was worth the risk. And, this is the one album I listen to again and again. It makes everyone happy with the compilation of beautiful dance rhythms and some vocals. Highly recommended as a sampler of flamenco music. ... Read more


17. Puerto Rico
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5-0 out of 5 stars A fantastic album
I love the Putumayo series, as it introduces people to music that they otherwise may not hear. Like this album, for example. I was not really familiar with Puerto Rican music. And some people I know just assume it is like Ricky Martins stuff. But how wrong they are (thank God!). This is a wonderful album, and I will most certainly try to aquire more music from these featured artists. In particular, Eddie Palmieri. I just love his track "Cafe". But each and every artist on here is wonderful that I would like to hear more. The 27 page booklet is written in English and Spanish and features an essay about Puerto Rico, as well as a photo and information on each artist. I recommend this album to everyone who would like an instant pick-me-up. It makes you feel like dancing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun, very energetic
As a fan of Cuban music, I picked up this disk out of curiosity and find it highly enjoyable. The music is similar to Cuban, but yet distinctive. The opening number is just fantastic (and may prompt you to get Palmieri's CD itself, which I also recommend). The next three tunes are also in a traditional vein and the disk then focuses more on -plena-. I must disagree with another reviewer, however: there is certainly more than -plena- on this disk. The first and third numbers are guajiras, the second is a traditional son, the fourth is a bolero, and the 10th is salsa. There are, indeed, four plenas, but that is fine -- this is Puerto Rican music! My only criticism is that the plenas become a little bit repetitious, but they are a lot of fun overall. The tune by Julius Melendez is a joy and I hope I can find more by him.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not as great as I expected
Although it is a nice collection, it is not the most rhythmic that I have heard. I have bought many of the Putumayo collections, the World in general one, and the Cuba one. This one does not rank as high as the others, but it is a nice collection. There is a lot of PR on it, but it is nto one of my favorite cds. Most of the songs are the same, mostly plena, there is not any salsa, merengue, son, etc...

5-0 out of 5 stars Afro-Latin Honey
This is a wonderful collection heavy on the roots side. It has some of the most beautiful tres playing you'll ever hear. Natural and easy to listen to and your feet can't resist keeping the beat. A truly satisfying selection of the unique Puerto Rican sound. ... Read more


18. Obsession: New Flamenco Romance
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Obsession features some of the finest flamenco-style pickers, including the enormously popular New Age artist Ottmar Liebert. While Liebert's nuevo flamenco has been called the equivalent of flamenco-lite by critics and the genre's purists, in his drum- and keyboard-supplemented rounded chord progressions there is an easy, accessible charm that appeals to a more mainstream audience. Cast alongside the work of the fiery Jesse Cook, the old-world beauty of Oscar Lopez, and others, Liebert and company offer up a recording of sensual and emotive grace, to be enjoyed as accompaniment to a romantic interlude, a reflective solo bath soak, or as inspiration while stirring paella. The standout is Obsession's opening number, Cook's "Cancion Triste," which sets the scene with its textured, sweeping cinematic beauty and splendidly woebegone cello line. --Paige La Grone ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderfull CD - Guitar music at its best.
This is a good addition to the Narada's New Flamenco series a long with Gypsy Passion and Gypsy Soul. Track 8 & 11 (Abundance and Tigris Palace) are my favorites, I just can't get enough of those 2 songs, that music is always in my head, the rest of the songs are ok too. I wish that this collection could include Alex Fox, how could Narada miss him on a collection like this? The sound quality is exceptional thanks to the 24-bit mastering, this is even beter than the 20-bit recording in Gypsy Passion and Gypsy Soul and I thought that Gypsy Passion's sound was excellent already. If you like this "Obsession", I'm sure you will like Gypsy Passion too. Just sit back, relax and let the music take you away to an exotic destination !

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Music
The key to setting your expectations level on this CD rests in the sub-title key-word "ROMANCE". I purchased it expecting something along the, lines of Gypsy Soul, or Gypsy Passion (both HIGHLY recommended, but if had to buy just one, Gypsy Passion is the better one, IMHO). During my first listening I was truck by the fascinatingly melodious first & second tracks ("Cancion Trieste" by Jesee Cook & "Loving You" by Oscar Lopez). This is a wonderful CD, with the rare distinction of all but one, or perhaps two, tracks being top billing songs, rather than "filler" tracks. I do question the "flamenco" billing, although it most certainly is flamenco inspired. Perhaps "nuevo flamenco" would be a better choice characterization. Whatever you wish to call it though, it delivers masterful guitar work, and otherwise great music. What stops me from giving this CD 5 stars are a couple of songs which are a bit too jazzy for MY taste. Noteworthy is the exquisite sound delivered compliments of the 24-bit recording. Worth the bucks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Energetic!!
I purchased this CD at the recommendation of a friend...I have to admit I have nothing else like it, but I like to find something new and different. This is fun, and great music to cook dinner and entertain friends. It is spicy...energetic, yet has a hint of romance. Very enjoyable...it was worth the money and I know we shall listen to it often in the future.

2-0 out of 5 stars A letdown
This collection features some well known names but the music is not up to par.The Cook,Armik,Govi and Lopez contributions are all mediocre at best, and Energipsy is just plain awful.There are two songs that redeem the album somewhat."Night in the south" by Jose Luis Encinas is very melancholy and brooding,and "Pozo Del Deseo" from Songhai 2 is a wonderful piece, so gorgeous and somber with the help of the angelic children's chorus and violin.Again Narada has put out another subpar collection.The label desperately needs some new people to come in and make better decisions in regards to compiling collections such as these.

4-0 out of 5 stars Like Strings or Spanish? Take This Disc.
I bought this this disc after I visited Spain. Although this music was completely different from what I've expected (what I know was works like 'Recuerdos De La Alhambra'), that's OK. This disc is for the people who loves latin music, flamenco guitar and Spain. As another reviewer noticed I'd like to find something really "Flamenco Music" in future. ... Read more


19. Mariachi: Folklore de Mexico [Delta]
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20. A Twist of Jobim
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Twist of "Just Great"
I really enjoyed the interpretations of Al Jarreau and Oleta Adams on this CD of the great music of Jobim. Girl from Ipanema, one of my all time favorites did not disappoint. ...and Waters of March is superb! You're gonna LOVE IT!

5-0 out of 5 stars An exceptional collage of Jobim's gems !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I don't think that every song in this album is fantastic, but overall I give the CD five stars. Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin have always been in love with Brazilian Jazz and Bossa Nova, and many of these Jazzy renditions are excellent ( Cptn. Bacardi, Dindi, Waters of March and even The Girl from Ipanema ). The colaborations are also remarkable; Al Jerrau, El DeBarge, Oleta Adams, Paulinho Da Costa etc.
If you like Jobim, this is a great addition to your collection.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Intro to Jobim
A excellent introduction to the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, this CD is a tribute to the composer of "Girl From Ipanema", featuring mostly American musicians. The instrumentals are my favorites, particularly "Stone Flower" (also covered by Santana on his Caravanserai album; Herbie Hancock steals the show here), "Agua de Beber", "Lamento" and "Mohave". The featured vocalists (Al Jarreau et al) seem to be curious choices and I must admit that Waters Of March and Dindi did not particularly impress me. Girl From Ipanema is also not one of my favorite versions of this song, although Oleta Adams does try her best to capture the Bossa Nova groove. Still, a worthy CD for those who prefer light jazz with a South American feel. Jobim's music is deceptively simple and at the same time amazingly complex; for more authentic versions of Jobim, check out "Wave" and "Tide" by the composer.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good artists, poor remakes
Brazilian music by non-Brazilians usually lacks a certain charm and unfortunately, this CD is anything but an exception. The good thing about this CD was that it tributed Jobim and had excellent musicians and songs like Oleta Adams, Al Jarreau and El Debarge. The problems were the remakes of the songs. For example "Waters of March" is very disappointing and even more so annoying-- not Oleta Adams singing style at all. For the time being, stick to the original Jobim/Gilberto/Regina Bossa Nova albums OR try another compilation.

5-0 out of 5 stars A five star entree!!!!!!
It was wonderful that Lee Ritenour saw fit to honor the memory of Antonio Carlos Jobim in this manner. He chose some of Jobim's best works, and brought in some great musicians to showcase these works. "Bonita" is and always has been been one of the most haunting songs Jobim ever wrote----here, Dave Grusin is at the top of his game. El DeBarge accompanied by Art Porter on Sax performing "Dindi" really hits you where you live---a big favorite of mine. This entire CD is worth a million bucks. Any fan of Jobim's music Should add this to their collection. It will always bring a smile to your face, and at times tears to your eyes, because you are remembering the days of "The Girl From Ipanema." ... Read more


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