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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Tim Hauser likes to say that the Manhattan Transfer gets bored easily; hence the exploratory bent that has made them the most interesting vocal group in jazz and maybe pop, too. Taking advantage of the then-cresting second Brazilian wave in North America while still going their own way musically, Brasil is the Transfer's most daring and perhaps most emotionally moving album to date, an original fusion of the Transfer's vigorous vocal blend, Brazilian harmonic warmth, the textures of American synthesized pop/jazz and the rhythms of both nations. They rely mostly upon five songs from one of Brazil's finest post-bossa nova writers, Djavan, with two more from Ivan Lins ...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Tim Hauser likes to say that the Manhattan Transfer gets bored easily; hence the exploratory bent that has made them the most interesting vocal group in jazz and maybe pop, too. Taking advantage of the then-cresting second Brazilian wave in North America while still going their own way musically, Brasil is the Transfer's most daring and perhaps most emotionally moving album to date, an original fusion of the Transfer's vigorous vocal blend, Brazilian harmonic warmth, the textures of American synthesized pop/jazz and the rhythms of both nations. They rely mostly upon five songs from one of Brazil's finest post-bossa nova writers, Djavan, with two more from Ivan Lins and one apiece from Gilberto Gil and Milton Nascimento the Transfer has impeccable taste in Brazilian writers, while going to all kinds of folk for English lyrics. The oddly percolating "Soul Food to Go" with Dada lyrics by, of all people, the notorious Doug Fieger of the Knack, makes a fine energetic prelude to an album that also frets about Big Brother, the suppression of freedom, and the destruction of the Amazon rain forest. Clearly the Transfer had been listening hard not only to the sound but also the fury of Brazil's composers; their causes become the Transfer's as well. Djavan's lovely "Capim" has the dual advantage of having both the composer on vocals and a distinguished visitor from the first Brazilian wave, Stan Getz, blowing urbane obligatos. The last cut, "Notes from the Underground," an angry cry of solidarity with a haunting Lins tune and bumping instrumental lines from the Brazilian group Uakti, aches in the memory for hours. Alas, the elusive Brasil baffled many of the Transfer's fans and started a long commercial slide for the group. Yet it belongs among their greatest achievements, right alongside Extensions and Vocalese.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678180323
  • Catalog Number: 81803

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 So You Say (4:47)
  2. 2 Zoo Blues (3:35)
  3. 3 Capim (4:58)
  4. 4 Metropolis (4:15)
  5. 5 Hear the Voices (4:06)
  6. 6 Agua (5:08)
  7. 7 Jungle Pioneer (3:30)
  8. 8 Notes from the Underground (5:45)
  9. 9 Soul Food to Go (5:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Manhattan Transfer Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Djavan Vocals
Milton Nascimento Vocals
Larry Williams Synthesizer
Victor Biglione Guitar
Stan Getz Tenor Saxophone
Toninho Horta Guitar
David Sanborn Alto Saxophone
Janis Siegel Vocals
Jeff Lorber Synthesizer
Cheryl Bentyne Vocals
Wayne Johnson Guitar
Oscar Castro-Neves Guitar
Frank Colon Percussion
Djalma Corrèa Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Nathan East Bass
Yaron Gershovsky Piano
Tim Hauser Vocals
Dann Huff Guitar
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Alan Paul Vocals
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Buddy Williams Drums
Jamal Joanes Dos Santos Bass
Technical Credits
Janis Siegel Arranger
Jeff Lorber Arranger
Cheryl Bentyne Arranger
Wagner Tiso Arranger
Tim Hauser Producer
Alan Paul Arranger
Larry Williams Arranger
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