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Deseo
     

Deseo

by Jon Anderson
 

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Jon Anderson's voice immersed in South American music might seem an unlikely match, but the rich and vibrant tones of Deseo provide a strikingly fresh setting for the singer. Augmented by well-known artists from across South and Latin America, the Yes vocalist seems content to recede into the background on many of the tracks, retaining a

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Jon Anderson's voice immersed in South American music might seem an unlikely match, but the rich and vibrant tones of Deseo provide a strikingly fresh setting for the singer. Augmented by well-known artists from across South and Latin America, the Yes vocalist seems content to recede into the background on many of the tracks, retaining a native flavor with stellar cameos from Maria Conchita Alonso, Boca Livre, Milton Nascimento, and many others. The songs, which generally clock in around three-and-a-half minutes, are warm and upbeat, mixing English, Portuguese, and Spanish vocals with propulsive percussion, acoustic guitars, bass, and synthesizers. The melodies are lovely and atmospheric, uncomplicated but evocative. The best tracks don't necessarily feature Anderson in a starring role: "A-DE-O," "Bridges," "Danca Do Ouro," and "Café" feature the vocalist in a supporting role, but listeners may find themselves too entranced by the beautiful harmonies to notice his absence. While the singer does take center stage on a number of songs with pleasant results -- "This Child," "Floresta," and especially "Bless This" (with Deborah Anderson) -- a few tracks leave Anderson exposed, notably the lightweight "Latino" and the ill-advised posturing of the opening "Amor Real." However, these occasional missteps are easily overlooked in lieu of the disc's innumerable charms. The artist had experimented with world sounds on earlier albums with his Yes mates -- "Teakbois" from Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe and "Angkor Wat" from Union come to mind -- but Deseo marks a genuine willingness to step outside of his own idiom. Thus, the connection between Jon Anderson and the music on Deseo isn't always clear, but the singer wisely shares his sense of discovery with the listener, allowing the music (and not the musician) to shine.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/09/2000
Label:
One Way Records Inc
UPC:
0046633514521
catalogNumber:
35145

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Performance Credits

Jon Anderson   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals
Cara Lee Day   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Glenn Monroig   Vocals
Deborah Anderson   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Paul Haney   Saxophone
Jorge Laboy   Guitar
Mauricio Maestro   Vocals
Lorenza Ponce   Violin
Otmaro Ruíz   Keyboards
Aaron Serfaty   Percussion
Steve Thornton   Percussion
Eduardo del Signore   Bass,Vocals
Girls of Puerto Rico   Vocals
Vanessa Mixco   Vocals,Voices
Mountain Girls   Vocals
Ruben Rada   Percussion
Francis Benítez   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Cecilia Toussaint   Vocals
Freddy Ramos   Guitar
Nina Swan   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Liza Gelabart   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Fernando Gama   Bass
Lourenco Baeta   Vocals

Technical Credits

Milton Nascimento   Contributor
Jon Anderson   Arranger,Producer
Maria Conchita Alonso   Contributor
Cecil Toussaint   Contributor
Deborah Anderson   Contributor,Inspiration
Gary Barlough   Engineer
Aaron Serfaty   Contributor
Glenn Wexler   Contributor
Birdsinging & Ronata   Contributor
Eduardo del Signore   Composer's Assistant
Boca Licre   Contributor
Vanessa Mixco   Contributor
Ruben Rada   Contributor
Valentina   Contributor
Ron Wasserman   Engineer,Contributor

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