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Bossa Nova
     

Bossa Nova

by John Pizzarelli
 
The guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli knows all the right ingredients for making a satisfying bossa nova recording. First: Find yourself some world-class songs by the compositional master of the genre, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and then sprinkle other emblematic tunes around them. Next: Surround yourself with sympathetic musicians (tenor saxophonist Harry Allen,

Overview

The guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli knows all the right ingredients for making a satisfying bossa nova recording. First: Find yourself some world-class songs by the compositional master of the genre, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and then sprinkle other emblematic tunes around them. Next: Surround yourself with sympathetic musicians (tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, drummer Paulinho Braga), a superior producer (Russ Titleman), and a legendary arranger (Don Sebesky). And when you have all the ideal elements, throw in some surprises to keep things interesting. So nestled among favorites including “The Girl from Ipanema,” “Desafinado,” “Waters of March,” and “Estate,” there are reconfigured versions of James Taylor’s “Your Smiling Face” and Stephen Sondheim’s “I Remember.” Pizzarelli dives right into the Brazilian genre with the same verve and optimistic spirit that marked his earlier projects, his gentle and swinging vocals and virtuoso guitar playing placing their own stamp on the music. A lovely recording from a consistently entertaining performer.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
John Pizzarelli's love affair with the bossa nova stretched back over two decades prior to the making of this CD, which is his salute to the legendary João Gilberto. Accompanied by his regular group (pianist Ray Kennedy and bassist Martin Pizzarelli) and augmented by drummer Paulinho Braga and percussionist Jim Saporito, along with several others on selected tracks, Pizzarelli's soft, swinging vocals and strong but understated guitar work their magic throughout the session. While most of the pieces are Brazilian works, there are exceptions. Gershwin's "Fascinatin' Rhythm" is easily adapted into a bossa nova, adding backing vocals and the potent tenor sax of Harry Allen. Rocker James Taylor's "Your Smiling Face" benefits from the brisker setting and a flute choir backing Pizzarelli. Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim's "I Remember" adds Don Sebesky's string arrangement, carefully filling the backgrounds in this beautifully sung ballad. Of course, several songs are devoted to the timeless compositions of Antonio Carlos Jobim. All five present on this date have been recorded so frequently that it would be hard to come up with landmark interpretations, but Pizzarelli and company do justice to all of them. Also worth investigating are the leader's two originals, the swinging "Francesca" and the breezy "Soares Samba." The intimate sound throughout this recording is an additional bonus.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/27/2004
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408359125
catalogNumber:
83591
Rank:
66487

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Pizzarelli   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Harry Allen   Tenor Saxophone
Paulinho Braga   Drums
Joyce Hammann   Strings
Martin Pizzarelli   Bass
Jim Saporito   Percussion
Pamela Sklar   Flute
David Tofani   Flute
Keith Underwood   Flute
Deborah Assael-Migliore   Strings
Rie Schmidt   Flute
César Camargo Mariano   Piano
Daniel Jobim   Vocals,Background Vocals
Conway Kuo   Strings
Chiara Civello   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Ivan Lins   Composer
James Taylor   Composer
Vinícius de Moraes   Composer
Toninho Horta   Composer
Gene Lees   Composer
Don Sebesky   Arranger
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
John Pizzarelli   Composer,Liner Notes
Russ Titelman   Producer
Robert Woods   Executive Producer
Robert Friedrich   Engineer
Anilda Carrasquillo   Art Direction
Bruno Martino   Composer
Paul "Tubbs" Williams   Composer
Newton Mendonça   Composer
Bruno Brighetti   Composer
Ed Meitner   Engineer
Hans Leibert   Engineer

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