Rodgers in Rio

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Picture Julie Andrews shifting to a playful samba mode, and you've just about captured the whimsical spirit of this brilliant experiment, which applies a bright and rhythmic, always tasteful Brazilian twist to the legendary Richard Rodgers songbook. While best-known for his sacred choral music and chamber orchestra works, Roger Davidson was a child of the bossa nova '60s and had always wanted to do a Rio-flavored project. To help him achieve his aim, the pianist enlists veteran Latin jazz bassist David Finck and drummer Paulinho Braga, whose resume includes none other than Antonio Carlos Jobim and Milton Nascimento. The disc begins with a lively, galloping samba take on...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Picture Julie Andrews shifting to a playful samba mode, and you've just about captured the whimsical spirit of this brilliant experiment, which applies a bright and rhythmic, always tasteful Brazilian twist to the legendary Richard Rodgers songbook. While best-known for his sacred choral music and chamber orchestra works, Roger Davidson was a child of the bossa nova '60s and had always wanted to do a Rio-flavored project. To help him achieve his aim, the pianist enlists veteran Latin jazz bassist David Finck and drummer Paulinho Braga, whose resume includes none other than Antonio Carlos Jobim and Milton Nascimento. The disc begins with a lively, galloping samba take on "My Romance" and takes both a grace centered and then ultimately hardcore percussive approach to "Blue Moon." The best way to be true to the unique blend of Rodgers' material is to take them in unexpected directions, mixing up the rhythm from track to track. So while "The Sweetest Sound" zips along merrily, Davidson renders "Edelweiss" with a reverent, subdued piano solo magic. While the unique grooves are the selling point, the trio never places them over the beautiful melodies that are the core of Rodgers' magnificent legacy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/2/2005
  • Label: Soundbrush Records
  • UPC: 829757204321
  • Catalog Number: 1004
  • Sales rank: 367,326

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roger Davidson Primary Artist, Piano
Paulinho Braga Drums
David Finck Bass, Bass Guitar
Paulo Braga Drums
Technical Credits
Richard Rodgers Composer
David Finck Audio Production
Lorenz Hart Composer
James Gavin Liner Notes
Leon Zervos Mastering
Jon Russell Engineer
Roger Davidson Audio Production
Nora Aslan Artwork, Graphic Design
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