Sleeping Gypsy

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All Music Guide - Steve Matteo
After the success of The Art of Tea, Michael Franks was able to more confidently move closer to the kind of music he wanted to make. Employing a more exotic Brazilian feel on Sleeping Gypsy, with lush orchestration courtesy of veteran jazz arranger and conductor Claus Ogerman, Franks moved his acoustic guitar work to the background to create a romantic sound with no sappiness. With "Down in Brazil" and, particularly, "Antonio's Song," his ode to Antonio Carlos Jobim, Franks was doing with Brazilian music for the rock crowd in the '70s what Stan Getz did for the jazz crowd in the '60s. He again employed his witty wordplay and evocative storytelling ability on "B'wana-He No ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Matteo
After the success of The Art of Tea, Michael Franks was able to more confidently move closer to the kind of music he wanted to make. Employing a more exotic Brazilian feel on Sleeping Gypsy, with lush orchestration courtesy of veteran jazz arranger and conductor Claus Ogerman, Franks moved his acoustic guitar work to the background to create a romantic sound with no sappiness. With "Down in Brazil" and, particularly, "Antonio's Song," his ode to Antonio Carlos Jobim, Franks was doing with Brazilian music for the rock crowd in the '70s what Stan Getz did for the jazz crowd in the '60s. He again employed his witty wordplay and evocative storytelling ability on "B'wana-He No Home," a song about a time when Dan Hicks was staying at his house while Franks was away. A romantic, elegant and important album in bringing Brazilian music to a wider audience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992731126
  • Catalog Number: 3004
  • Sales rank: 30,081

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Franks Primary Artist, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Michael Brecker Horn, Tenor Saxophone
Larry Carlton Guitar
Joe Sample Piano, Keyboards
David Sanborn Alto Saxophone
Ray Armando Percussion
Israel Baker Concert Master
Larry Bunker Drums
Claus Ogerman Conductor
Helio Delmiro Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
João Donato Piano
Wilton Felder Bass
John Guerin Drums
João Palma Drums
Technical Credits
David Sanborn Contributor
Ray Armando Contributor
Claus Ogerman Arranger
Helio Delmiro Contributor
João Donato Contributor
Tommy LiPuma Producer
João Palma Contributor
Al Schmitt Engineer
Glen Christensen Art Direction
Michael Bryan Artwork
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