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Double Rainbow
     

Double Rainbow

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by Nanny Assis
 
Nanny Assis has been an in-demand session drummer and percussionist for years, but Double Rainbow is his debut recording as a solo artist. It reveals him to be a very fine arranger and bandleader and a pretty good vocalist -- though one who is more convincing at faster tempos than at slow ones, and more effective in Portuguese than in English. The album opens

Overview

Nanny Assis has been an in-demand session drummer and percussionist for years, but Double Rainbow is his debut recording as a solo artist. It reveals him to be a very fine arranger and bandleader and a pretty good vocalist -- though one who is more convincing at faster tempos than at slow ones, and more effective in Portuguese than in English. The album opens on a slightly unfortunate note, with a weak rendition of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Double Rainbow" that Assis sings in English; the lyrics themselves don't do particularly well in translation, and Assis' voice is strangely watery and flaccid. But things get much better immediately thereafter, and they stay better throughout the rest of the album: the intoxicating rhythm and lively flute part on "A Rã," the gorgeously arranged and sparklingly upbeat "Mas Que Nada" (a Jorge Ben composition), and the delightfully light "Brasileirinho" are all highlight tracks, but there are many small yet brilliant gems of musical achievement scattered throughout all of the songs. The tightly arranged backing vocals on "Melhor Refrão," the drum parts on "Magalenha," the flute that recurs like an idée fixe from time to time throughout the program -- these are all hallmarks of an artist who has learned an awful lot about arranging over the course of his career. And when he reprises the title track at the very end of the album, he sings it in Portuguese -- and nails it. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/20/2007
Label:
Blue Toucan Music
UPC:
0837101271097
catalogNumber:
27109
Rank:
248527

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nanny Assis   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
John Patitucci   Bass
Deodato   Piano
Paulinho Braga   Drums
Sergio Brandao   Bass
Erik Friedlander   Cello
Romero Lubambo   Acoustic Guitar
Michael Leonhart   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Trumpet,Background Vocals
Oriente Lopez   Flute,Piano,Accordion
Marivaldo Dos Santos   Percussion
Pedro Ramos   Cavaquinho
Guilherme Monteiro   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jorge Continentino   Flute

Technical Credits

Jorge Ben   Composer
Ivan Lins   Composer
Caetano Veloso   Composer
Gene Lees   Composer
Deodato   Author
Carlinhos Brown   Composer
João Donato   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Romero Lubambo   Arranger
Michael Leonhart   Arranger,Engineer
Nelson Cavaquinho   Composer
Vinicius Cantuaria   Author
Michael Brorby   Engineer
Oriente Lopez   Arranger
Neuza Teixeira   Composer
Guilherme DeBrito   Composer
Marivaldo Dos Santos   Arranger
Guilherme Monteiro   Arranger
Nanny Assis   Arranger,Composer,Producer

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Double Rainbow 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nanny Assis is a Brazilian sensation! Though his musical training (and indeed his reputation to this date) has been as a percussionist, now he is to the guitar what his acclaim has established as a perfect musician on percussion (Assis has even worked with classical composer Philip Glass) AND he adds to that step on the ladder his singing voice. Nanny Assis has that 'Brazilian sound' to his voice - sweet yet husky, pliant yet pitch perfect, and a range that is the envy of many more classically trained vocalists. Here he sings in both English and Portuguese and his rendition of such favorites as 'Mas Que Nada' and Jobim's song of the title of the CD 'Double Rainbow' are as well conceived and executed as any other recording. He is ably backed by a small ensemble of piano, cello, flute, accordian, acoustic and electric guitar, cavaquinho and trumpet, used in varying combinations according to the spirit of each work. And as if all this weren't enough, Assis includes some of his own compositions that are among the finest bands on the CD. Assis is simply one electrifying and very sexy singer! Brazilian music has rarely felt so infectious! Grady Harp