Rain Forest

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All Music Guide - Judith Schlesinger
The notes for this CD ask, "What issue is more topical than the Brazilian rain forest? So what reissue would be more topical than Walter Wanderley's Rain Forest?" Politically, this may be true, but musically, this collection is anything but topical. From the first tune -- the monster hit "Summer Samba," the listener is catapulted straight back to the '60s when bossa nova was new in the U.S. and everyone wanted a piece of it. Organist Wanderley made a big splash with this CD, which went platinum in two years -- and it does evoke strong water images, like "poolside" and "ice skating rink." The jazzmen are underutilized, since most of the tracks are less than three ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Judith Schlesinger
The notes for this CD ask, "What issue is more topical than the Brazilian rain forest? So what reissue would be more topical than Walter Wanderley's Rain Forest?" Politically, this may be true, but musically, this collection is anything but topical. From the first tune -- the monster hit "Summer Samba," the listener is catapulted straight back to the '60s when bossa nova was new in the U.S. and everyone wanted a piece of it. Organist Wanderley made a big splash with this CD, which went platinum in two years -- and it does evoke strong water images, like "poolside" and "ice skating rink." The jazzmen are underutilized, since most of the tracks are less than three minutes long and leave little room to stretch out. One exception is the pretty Ferreira/Marconi ballad "Rain," the only track where Wanderley plays piano rather than organ and which features a fine solo by Urbie Green on trombone. On "Beach Samba," Green gets to noodle a bit, but Bucky Pizarelli is heard stating the melody and nothing else. Despite all the sadness implied in the song titles, this CD has a jaunty feel to it and will be best enjoyed by nostalgic fans of that bygone era.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/26/2009
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • EAN: 4988005559982
  • Catalog Number: 0555998

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Walter Wanderley Primary Artist, Organ, Leader
Urbie Green Trombone, Soloist
Bucky Pizzarelli Guitar, Soloist
Joe Grimm Flute, Soloist
Bobby Rosengarden Percussion, Soloist
Claudio Slon Drums
Sung Lee Serp
Technical Credits
Vinícius de Moraes Composer
Walter Wanderley Arranger
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Norman Gimbel Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Richard Seidel Executive Producer
Creed Taylor Producer
Val Valentin Engineer, Director Of Engineering
Acy Lehman Cover Design
Ben Young Reissue Research
Smay Vision Package Layout
Sung Lee Art Direction, Series Art Design
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Remembering Walter Wanderley

    CD excellent, delivery prompt, no hassl;e, no hitch. The late Walter Wanderly at his best playing Jobim and other bossa nova hits.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Brings Back Memories

    Trombonist Urbie Green played one of his most beautiful solos ever on Beach even though ANY and ALL things he played were superb. Just for that track alone, this CD is on my next purchase list. I have the 12" 'vinyl pizza' and wore it out to a frazzle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Walter's on CD!

    I'm very happy that the Verve folks saw fit to re-release this gem. Ahhhh, that infectious exciting Bossa Nova music, aired for yet another new generation to discover. You can really dance to ths stuff too! Much better than some of that drivel they pass off on the kids as "music" these days. And the major CD companies can't understand why their sales are falling by the wayside! Perhaps if some modern day musicians would revive some of this so called "oldies" stuff with a fresh modern twist, they might just be surprised at it's popularity. Hey, it worked for Swing and Big Band music. Viva Bossa Nova! Well, thanks for sharing my dream. But seriously, this is an excellent CD, very enjoyable, and the cover photography and notes are spectacular. Even if I am about thirty seven years out of date (June 66'), this CD definitely is not!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Transport to Happiness

    Walter Wanderley not only expresses the 'mod' feeling that for many of us of the 1980s generation consider "expressive" of the 1960s, but also at least for me allows for some introspection. The songs definitely drive at the "saudade" which so many people feel. Wanderley's Trio gives you the music to think about your feelings, even cry (as I did). Love unrequited is a matter which many of us often don't discuss publicly. Wanderley brings us into an arena where these thoughts need discussion and are ultimately discussed.

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