Essential Guide to Brazil

The Essential Guide to Brazil

     
 
Although this three-CD compilation of Brazilian music offers material by several major performers and samples several different styles, it's far from the definitive guide the title might lead one to anticipate. When a CD (disc one of this set) that's titled "Bossa Nova -- The 60s Revolution" includes versions of "The Girl From Ipanema" and "Desafinado" -- not by the

Overview

Although this three-CD compilation of Brazilian music offers material by several major performers and samples several different styles, it's far from the definitive guide the title might lead one to anticipate. When a CD (disc one of this set) that's titled "Bossa Nova -- The 60s Revolution" includes versions of "The Girl From Ipanema" and "Desafinado" -- not by the original singers of those classic tunes, but 2004 versions by relatively anonymous performers (with instrumentation played by non-Brazilian musicians) -- frankly, that's not a promising sign. That approach is not entirely typical of this set, but certainly the compilation seems to lack the get-up-and-go cross-licensing that would make this the, or even one of the "essential" surveys of Brazilian music. It does offer cuts by some genuine big names in the genre, including Chico Buarque, Astrud Gilberto, Gilberto Gil, Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (they might not be too critically respected, but they were certainly big), Caetano Veloso, Azymuth, and Airto DeMoreira and Flora Purim. Too, it's split into thematically constructed separate discs -- one for bossa nova, one for samba, and one for the most modern fusions of Brazilian and contemporary styles -- that might help the neophyte get a grip on the diversity of Brazilian sounds. The chronological balance, however, is pretty shaky -- the earliest cuts reach back to the 1960s, but the selections definitely tilted toward tracks cut relatively shortly before this 2005 release. The quality's inconsistent as well, some of the tracks veering toward easy listening slickness and gratuitous incorporation of modern beats and technology. It's really the best half of this that would make a better "taster" anthology of sorts. Numbers comprising that better half would include the lengthy percussive workouts of Bob Azzam ("Batucada Por Favor") and Airto DeMoreira & Flora Purim ("Tomba"), Astrud Gilberto's "Agua de Beber," and "Samba de Uma Nota So" by Stan Getz -- who wasn't Brazilian, certainly, but did a lot to bring bossa nova to the American and European audience.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/05/2005
Label:
Essentials
UPC:
0698458260123
catalogNumber:
301

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. The Girl from Ipanema
  2. Aguas de Marco
  3. Cotidiano
  4. Samba de Uma Nota So (One Note Samba)
  5. So Nice (Summer Samba)
  6. Desafinado
  7. Brazil (Aquarela Do Brasil)
  8. Dindi
  9. So Danco Samba
  10. Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)
  11. Ela É Carioca (She's a Carioca)
  12. Agua de Beber

Disc 2

  1. Beleza Beleza Beleza
  2. Bat Macumba
  3. Take It Easy My Brother Charles
  4. Mas Que Nada
  5. Crickets Sing for Ana Maria (Os Grilos)
  6. Samba de Silva
  7. Carolina
  8. Bananeira
  9. O Leáozinho
  10. Quando Eu Contar (La La)
  11. Fato Consumado
  12. Ba-Tu-Ca-Da

Disc 3

  1. Cotidiano
  2. Dado
  3. Iemanja (The Mermaid)
  4. Jussara
  5. Roda Piao
  6. So Tinha Que Ser Com Voce
  7. Contigo Sempre
  8. Lá Vem O Homem
  9. 16 Toneladas (Sixteen Tons)
  10. Tomba
  11. Batucada Por Favor

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Barclay   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Hugh Burns   Guitar
Marty Paich   Conductor
Simon Morton   Percussion
J. Neil Sidwell   Trombone
Philip Todd   Flute,Saxophone
Paul Morgan   Bass
Allan Cox   Drums
Peter Murray   Piano,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Jorge Ben   Composer
Chico Buarque   Composer
Caetano Veloso   Composer
Gilberto Gil   Composer
Gene Lees   Composer
Airto Moreira   Composer
Hugh Burns   Arranger
Mario Caldato   Producer
Paulinho Da Costa   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Marty Paich   Arranger
Creed Taylor   Producer
Marcos Valle   Composer,Producer
Ian Summers   Producer
John Armstrong   Liner Notes
Roc Hunter   Producer
Bob Azzam   Composer
Wilson Simoninha   Composer
DJ Patife   Composer
Jair Oliveira   Composer
Joe Davis   Producer
Seu Jorge   Composer,Producer
Bruno E.   Composer

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