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Baden Live a Bruxelles

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Baden Live a Bruxelles is late gig, recorded in October of 1999, less than a year before his death the following September. Some of Baden Powell's later studio recordings lacked focus, or felt tossed off, or were controlled by whoever produced them. Not so here. On Live a Bruxelles, Powell's playing contains all of the majesty, elegance, and grace fans had come to expect. He is definitely on here. His program, as one would expect, is almost all samba. Having written with, and during the same era as, Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim, Powell's memory of these difficult, yet utterly beautiful tunes is spotless. Listen to his "Samba Triste" here. Though he must have played it ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Baden Live a Bruxelles is late gig, recorded in October of 1999, less than a year before his death the following September. Some of Baden Powell's later studio recordings lacked focus, or felt tossed off, or were controlled by whoever produced them. Not so here. On Live a Bruxelles, Powell's playing contains all of the majesty, elegance, and grace fans had come to expect. He is definitely on here. His program, as one would expect, is almost all samba. Having written with, and during the same era as, Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim, Powell's memory of these difficult, yet utterly beautiful tunes is spotless. Listen to his "Samba Triste" here. Though he must have played it more than a thousand times in concert, he attacks it with the same delicacy and intensity he did when he first recorded it in the late 1950s. Another notable -- on an album where there is no filler -- is the fiery "Samba do Aviao," by Jobim, where Powell carries his jazz chops into the heart of the tune, turns it inside out, and never loses the essence. His improvised introduction to "Asa Branca," is a showstopper, where trace elements of flamenco, classical music, jazz, and Brazilian folk styles all weave together to create something utterly mysterious yet nearly hummable. The tune itself feels like an intro to the Powell/ de Moraes prelude "Samba em Preludio." Powell's reading of "Girl from Ipanema," is warm, humorous, and refreshing. There is genuine tenderness in it, without sentimentality. A surprise here -- though he's recorded it before -- is his articulate, reverent version of J.S. Bach's "Jesus Alegria Dos Homens." "Berimbau," is an exercise in his pure mastery of the guitar. Powell makes it sing. In sum, the audience who witnessed this concert were treated to something rare, and even heartbreakingly moving: a legend working through the fabric of his life in music. It's obvious that Powell was focused not just in mind, but in heart, too, so emotional is his playing. This is a must for fans, and one hell of an introduction for the curious.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/11/2005
  • Label: Sunny Side
  • UPC: 016728114820
  • Catalog Number: 1148
  • Sales rank: 130,012

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Baden Powell Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Roberto Baden-Powell Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Vinícius de Moraes Composer, Lyricist
Luiz Gonzaga Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach Composer
Baden Powell Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Antônio Maria Composer
Pixinguinha (Alfredo Vianna) Composer, Lyricist
Humberto Teixeira Composer
Billy Blanco Composer
Philippe Baden Powell Producer
Claudio Guimarães Mastering
Silvia Posell Executive Producer
Izabel Rainer Graphic Design
Silvia Powell Executive Producer
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