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Love Affair: The Music of Ivan Lins
     

A Love Affair: The Music of Ivan Lins

by Jason Miles
 

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Bring together an all-star lineup of singers and musicians, match them with accessibly romantic melodies and radio-friendly arrangements, and the results will either be lightweight pabulum or superb high-quality pop music. In the case of producer Jason Miles' A Love Affair, it's unquestionably the latter. Even after 30 years on the world music scene, Brazilian

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Bring together an all-star lineup of singers and musicians, match them with accessibly romantic melodies and radio-friendly arrangements, and the results will either be lightweight pabulum or superb high-quality pop music. In the case of producer Jason Miles' A Love Affair, it's unquestionably the latter. Even after 30 years on the world music scene, Brazilian musician/composer Ivan Lins may not have had a high profile. However, as this tribute recording demonstrates, his music is as fine as anything that has come out of his native country since the bossa nova heyday of the early '60s. Taken individually, each of these songs is a piece of joyous musical exuberance. Taken as a whole, this recording is better than an hour with any radio station you're going to find on the dial or online. A Love Affair opens with the never before recorded "She Walks This Earth," a performance by Sting that is as good as anything he's recorded as a solo artist. Vanessa Williams has never sounded better than on the sultry "Love Dance," and "So Crazy for This Love" is a piece of funk featuring a multi-tracked Chaka Khan purring a deceptively complex, original, and memorable melody that also has "hit" written all over it. Grover Washington, Jr. defines smooth jazz with his ride through "Camaleao," while Freddy Cole recalls a smokier version of his brother Nat in his reading of the beautiful ballad "I'm Not Alone." Lins himself plays piano on several tracks and closes the album with a vocal of his own on "Somos Todos Iquais Nesta Noite." Kudos go to producer Miles for bringing this remarkable assemblage together, and a special mention is due to guitarist Romero Lubambo and percussionist Cyro Baptista, whose work throughout the recording is exemplary. Don't miss this CD.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2000
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408349621
catalogNumber:
83496
Rank:
88012

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jason Miles   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass,Chart
Mark Egan   Bass
Ivan Lins   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Brenda Russell   Vocals
Sting   Vocals
Vanessa Williams   Vocals
Bob Berg   Tenor Saxophone
Michael Brecker   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Dave Koz   Alto Saxophone
New York Voices   Vocals,Track Performer
Joe Sample   Piano
Peter White   Guitar,Vocals
Freddy Cole   Vocals
Lisa Fischer   Vocals
Cyro Baptista   Percussion,Shaker
Jay Beckenstein   Alto Saxophone
Dean Brown   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Chaka Khan   Vocals,Background Vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
James "D-Train" Williams   Vocals
Peter Eldridge   Vocals,Group Member
Oscar Hernandez   Piano,Electric Piano
Lauren Kinhan   Vocals,Group Member
Will Lee   Bass
Romero Lubambo   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,Cavaquinho
Chuck Loeb   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Rob Mathes   Keyboards
Darmon Meader   Vocals,Group Member
Marcus Miller   Bass,Vocals
Kim Nazarian   Vocals,Group Member
Jim Pugh   Trombone
Marc Quiñones   Percussion
Dianne Reeves   Vocals
Bill Washer   Chart
Grover Washington   Soprano Saxophone
Lisa Fisher   Vocals
Jay Beckstein   Alto Saxophone
Pamela Driggs   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Rob Mathis   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Ivan Lins   Arranger
Ruth Brown   Illustrations,Paintings,Cover Art
Steve Addabbo   Engineer
Michael Bishop   Producer,Engineer
Oscar Castro-Neves   Liner Notes
Joe Chiccarelli   Engineer
Steve Gaboury   Engineer
Vitor Martins   Composer
Rob Mathes   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Darmon Meader   Arranger
Jason Miles   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,drum programming,Percussion Programming
Doug Oberkircher   Engineer
Gilson Peranzzetta   Composer
Jeanne Pisano   Composer
David Ward   Engineer
Robert Woods   Executive Producer
Anilda Carrasquillo   Art Direction,Cover Design
David "E-Man" Ward   Engineer
Aldir Blanc   Composer
Noah Simon   Engineer
Bob Currie   Advisor,Counselling
Rob Mathis   Arranger,Programming,Producer

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