A Love Affair: The Music of Ivan Lins

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All Music Guide - Jim Newsom
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jim Newsom
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2000
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408349621
  • Catalog Number: 83496
  • Sales rank: 45,327

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 She Walks This Earth (Soberana Rosa) - Sting (4:46)
  2. 2 Love Dance - Vanessa Williams (5:14)
  3. 3 Camaleao (4:34)
  4. 4 Answered Prayers (E de Deus) (4:33)
  5. 5 So Crazy for This Love (Crue-Cre Corroro) (4:26)
  6. 6 You Moved Me to This - James "D-Train" Williams (4:11)
  7. 7 Nocturne: Nocturne - Brenda Russell (4:31)
  8. 8 Elis (Leva E Traz) - Peter White (4:12)
  9. 9 I'm Not Alone (Anjo de Mim) (5:03)
  10. 10 Sweet Presence (Doce Precensa) - Dianne Reeves (5:27)
  11. 11 Somos Todos Iquais Nesta Noite (4:21)
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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, 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 QuiƱones Percussion
Dianne Reeves Vocals
Bill Washer Chart
Grover Washington Jr. 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, Mastering
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 II 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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