Imagina: Songs of Brasil

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A jazz vocalist's vocalist, Karrin Allyson turns her considerable talents to the deep well of song that hails from Brazil. Imagina, recorded in Portuguese and English, features lesser known treasures from composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Edu Lobo and Rosa Passos, some with new English lyrics by Chris Caswell, Susannah McCorkle, and others. In addition to her rhythm team of bassist David Finck and drummer Todd Strait, Imagina features Allyson's longtime guitarist Rod Freeman and guest appearances by vibraphone/marimba player Steve Nelson and keyboard and accordion player Gil Goldstein. Allyson has garnered two Grammy Award nominations since her debut in ...
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A jazz vocalist's vocalist, Karrin Allyson turns her considerable talents to the deep well of song that hails from Brazil. Imagina, recorded in Portuguese and English, features lesser known treasures from composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Edu Lobo and Rosa Passos, some with new English lyrics by Chris Caswell, Susannah McCorkle, and others. In addition to her rhythm team of bassist David Finck and drummer Todd Strait, Imagina features Allyson's longtime guitarist Rod Freeman and guest appearances by vibraphone/marimba player Steve Nelson and keyboard and accordion player Gil Goldstein. Allyson has garnered two Grammy Award nominations since her debut in 1992.
All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Karrin Allyson has sung Brazilian tunes before, notably on 1999's From Paris to Rio, but this time she's dedicated an entire album to the swaying rhythms of bossa nova and samba, and she's never sounded lovelier. Allyson has always been a gifted interpreter, and while her material in the past has drawn from any number of sources, her prime focus here is on the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim. While choosing oft-covered tunes like "Desafinado" and "A Felicidade" may not be the riskiest thing Allyson could have done, nor the most original, she is so clearly in love with these compositions that she's easily forgiven for adding her name to the list of artists who have lent their voices to them. Allyson's vocal instrument is somewhat coarser and more world-weary than the majority of singers who gravitate toward Jobim's material, and here she favors stripped-down arrangements that accentuate the vulnerabilities and lived-in qualities of that voice. It works to great effect, as on "Double Rainbow," a ballad that begins sparsely, Allyson singing in Portuguese before switching over to English, a tactic she employs throughout much of the record. Accompanying herself on piano, Allyson phrases Gene Lees' Tin Pan Alley-esque lyrics, a meditation on the wonders of nature, carefully and thoughtfully, before handing the tune over to bassist David Finck, who turns in a solo that's creative but not showy. Not all of the songs here come courtesy of Jobim, and Allyson does equal justice to the moody "Pra Dizer Adeus" Time to Say Goodbye, co-penned by Edú Lobo, Torquato Neto, and Chris Caswell, and the closing "É Com Esse Que Eu Vou," by Pedro Caetano, which pushes the beat somewhat harder than the more ballad-oriented music that populates most of the record. But in the end it's those Jobim songs that stick: Steve Nelson's vibes and marimba work lends a sensuality to "O Morro Não Tem Vez Favela," by Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes, and Gil Goldstein's accordion injects a bit of France into the Brazilian mood on the title track. Through it all, Karrin Allyson reminds listeners why she has consistently received praise over the years for her inherent ability to make any song her own.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2008
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072304284
  • Catalog Number: 30428
  • Sales rank: 15,106

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Felicidade (4:20)
  2. 2 Correnteza (2:27)
  3. 3 Só Tinha de Ser Com Você (3:45)
  4. 4 Medo de Amar (3:42)
  5. 5 O Morro Não Tem Vez (Favela) (5:18)
  6. 6 Estrada Branca (4:49)
  7. 7 Outono (5:02)
  8. 8 Double Rainbow (5:32)
  9. 9 Imagina (2:54)
  10. 10 Desafinado (5:13)
  11. 11 Pra Dizer Adeus (4:46)
  12. 12 Vivo Sonhando (4:48)
  13. 13 Estrada Do Sol (3:06)
  14. 14 É Com Esse Que Eu Vou (4:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Karrin Allyson Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Gil Goldstein Piano, Accordion
Steve Nelson Marimbas, Vibes
David Finck Acoustic Bass
Rod Fleeman Acoustic Guitar
Michael Spiro Conga, Pandeiro, Surdo, Cuica, Shaker, Guiro, Tamborim
Todd Strait Drums
Technical Credits
Chico Buarque Composer
Vinícius de Moraes Composer
Susannah McCorkle Composer
Gene Lees Composer
Karrin Allyson Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Aloysio de Oliveira Composer
David Finck Arranger
Rod Fleeman Arranger
Josiah Gluck Engineer
Jon Hendricks Composer
George Horn Mastering
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Nick Phillips Producer
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Pedro Caetano Composer
Jesse Cavanaugh Composer
Fernando de Oliveira Composer
Dolores Durán Composer
Rosa Passos Composer
Torquato Neto Composer
Chris Caswell Arranger, Composer
Andrew Pham Art Direction
Doug Walters Arranger
Paul Williams Composer
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