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I Love Brazil

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Granted, compiler John Armstrong didn't get that much space in the liner notes to expound upon the thrust of this compilation. But its central pillars could well remain murky to those not immersed in early-21st century Brazilian music. That's what this 18-track compilation CD consists of; well, at least it seems like a reasonably likely guess that the songs were cut shortly before its 2004 release date, though no dates are given for individual tracks. In quite a mouthful, Armstrong writes in the notes that he "wanted to examine what was happening among those players who were committed to bridging the gap between 'serious' music and pop, but without over-resorting to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Granted, compiler John Armstrong didn't get that much space in the liner notes to expound upon the thrust of this compilation. But its central pillars could well remain murky to those not immersed in early-21st century Brazilian music. That's what this 18-track compilation CD consists of; well, at least it seems like a reasonably likely guess that the songs were cut shortly before its 2004 release date, though no dates are given for individual tracks. In quite a mouthful, Armstrong writes in the notes that he "wanted to examine what was happening among those players who were committed to bridging the gap between 'serious' music and pop, but without over-resorting to Euro-American influences and always drawing on Brazil's particular musical heritage....music where Afro-Bahian and North-Eastern rhythms sit alongside roots samba, pagode and partido alto, where choro takes on the cloak of jazz and funk -- but doesn't stop being choro -- and where bossa nova takes its rightful place as just one more samba-influenced development." In layperson's terms, the CD contents might be fairly described as a cross section of contemporary Brazilian sounds drawing from numerous past and present traditions, many of the tracks having first been released locally in Rio by the Rob Digital label. It's pleasant and varied, but not too exciting or innovative. It sounds like accomplished, mature Brazilian pop music, sometimes verging on the mellow, not too bothered about keeping up with the Joneses of international electronic production gadgetry, but not too stuck in convention either. The jazz and funk influences are there, but not as upfront as the packaging might suggest. None of the tracks stand out as something worth shouting about, but the better ones include Trio Calafrio's "Partido Em Tres," which has earthier vocals than most; a live recording of Paulo Moura e Os Batutuas' "Um a Zero," which has a bouncy carnival feel that many listeners might associate with older styles of Brazilian music; Chico Buarque's smooth "Ela Desatinou"; and Carlos Malta e Pife Muderno's "O Canto da Ema," which is indeed built around vibrant fife playing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2004
  • Label: Manteca
  • UPC: 698458204929
  • Catalog Number: 49

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Patifaria - Rodrigo Lessa (3:50)
  2. 2 Quando Eu Contar (La La) - Zeca Pagodinho (3:09)
  3. 3 Partido Em Três - Trio Calafrio (2:55)
  4. 4 Alegre Menina - Djavan (2:23)
  5. 5 Minha Flauta de Prata @@Conjunto Sarau (2:22)
  6. 6 For Hall - Maogani (2:27)
  7. 7 Lamentos de Um Fissurado - Osvaldo Pereira (2:24)
  8. 8 A Cabeça @@Família Roitman (3:09)
  9. 9 Um a Zero - Paulo Moura (3:06)
  10. 10 Sol E Chuva @@Bartolomeu Wiese (2:55)
  11. 11 Ela Desatinou - Chico Buarque (3:10)
  12. 12 Bananeira @@Aquilo Del Nisso (6:27)
  13. 13 Berenice - Jorge Ben (2:40)
  14. 14 Paulo - Fernando Moura (5:24)
  15. 15 Angélico - Anna Lemgruber (3:20)
  16. 16 O Canto da Ema - Carlos Malta (2:38)
  17. 17 Geografia Popular @@Marquinhos De Osvaldo Cruz (3:46)
  18. 18 Astrologia - Lui Coimbra (3:56)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Jorge Ben Composer
Dori Caymmi Composer
Gilberto Gil Composer
Paulo Moura Composer
João Donato Composer
Fernando Moura Composer
Pixinguinha (Alfredo Vianna) Composer
Cartola Composer
Chico Buarque de Hollanda Composer
Rodrigo Lessa Composer
John Armstrong Liner Notes
Benedicto Lacerda Composer
Jorge Amado Composer
Arlindo Cruz Composer
Mauro Diniz Composer
Osvaldo Pereira Composer
Miltinho Composer
Mario Quintana Composer
Lui Coimbra Composer
Edinho Oliveira Composer
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