Bossa Nova

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
The guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli knows all the right ingredients for making a satisfying bossa nova recording. First: Find yourself some world-class songs by the compositional master of the genre, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and then sprinkle other emblematic tunes around them. Next: Surround yourself with sympathetic musicians (tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, drummer Paulinho Braga), a superior producer (Russ Titleman), and a legendary arranger (Don Sebesky). And when you have all the ideal elements, throw in some surprises to keep things interesting. So nestled among favorites including “The Girl from Ipanema,” “Desafinado,” “Waters of March,” and “Estate,” there ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
The guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli knows all the right ingredients for making a satisfying bossa nova recording. First: Find yourself some world-class songs by the compositional master of the genre, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and then sprinkle other emblematic tunes around them. Next: Surround yourself with sympathetic musicians (tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, drummer Paulinho Braga), a superior producer (Russ Titleman), and a legendary arranger (Don Sebesky). And when you have all the ideal elements, throw in some surprises to keep things interesting. So nestled among favorites including “The Girl from Ipanema,” “Desafinado,” “Waters of March,” and “Estate,” there are reconfigured versions of James Taylor’s “Your Smiling Face” and Stephen Sondheim’s “I Remember.” Pizzarelli dives right into the Brazilian genre with the same verve and optimistic spirit that marked his earlier projects, his gentle and swinging vocals and virtuoso guitar playing placing their own stamp on the music. A lovely recording from a consistently entertaining performer.
All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
John Pizzarelli's love affair with the bossa nova stretched back over two decades prior to the making of this CD, which is his salute to the legendary João Gilberto. Accompanied by his regular group pianist Ray Kennedy and bassist Martin Pizzarelli and augmented by drummer Paulinho Braga and percussionist Jim Saporito, along with several others on selected tracks, Pizzarelli's soft, swinging vocals and strong but understated guitar work their magic throughout the session. While most of the pieces are Brazilian works, there are exceptions. Gershwin's "Fascinatin' Rhythm" is easily adapted into a bossa nova, adding backing vocals and the potent tenor sax of Harry Allen. Rocker James Taylor's "Your Smiling Face" benefits from the brisker setting and a flute choir backing Pizzarelli. Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim's "I Remember" adds Don Sebesky's string arrangement, carefully filling the backgrounds in this beautifully sung ballad. Of course, several songs are devoted to the timeless compositions of Antonio Carlos Jobim. All five present on this date have been recorded so frequently that it would be hard to come up with landmark interpretations, but Pizzarelli and company do justice to all of them. Also worth investigating are the leader's two originals, the swinging "Francesca" and the breezy "Soares Samba." The intimate sound throughout this recording is an additional bonus.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2004
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408359125
  • Catalog Number: 83591
  • Sales rank: 1,943

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Pizzarelli Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Harry Allen Tenor Saxophone
Paulinho Braga Drums
Joyce Hammann Strings
Martin Pizzarelli Bass
Jim Saporito Percussion
Pamela Sklar Flute
David Tofani Flute
Keith Underwood Flute
Deborah Assael-Migliore Strings
Rie Schmidt Flute
César Camargo Mariano Piano
Daniel Jobim Vocals, Background Vocals
Conway Kuo Strings
Chiara Civello Background Vocals
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Ivan Lins Composer
James Taylor Composer
Vinícius de Moraes Composer
Toninho Horta Composer
Gene Lees Composer
Don Sebesky Arranger
Ira Gershwin Composer
Norman Gimbel Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
John Pizzarelli Composer, Liner Notes
Russ Titelman Producer
Robert Woods Executive Producer
Robert Friedrich Engineer, Mastering
Anilda Carrasquillo Art Direction
Bruno Martino Composer
Paul "Tubbs" Williams Composer
Newton Mendonça Composer
Bruno Brighetti Composer
Ed Meitner Engineer
Hans Leibert Engineer
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