Bossa Rio

Bossa Rio

by Bossa Rio


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Bossa Rio

Highly sought on vinyl by bossa nova fans, this debut album from this short-lived sextet (not to be confused with Sergio Mendes' Bossa Rio Sextet) seems to suggest a theory: the more handshakes away from Herb Alpert, the better and more authentic the music. Bossa Rio was discovered and produced by Mendes, who in turn was brought into the A&M fold by Alpert. Despite three Brasil '66-ish sounding covers of American hits ("Day by Day," "Up, Up, and Away," and "Do You Know the Way to San Jose"), Bossa Rio stick to tunes from Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jorge Ben, Caetano Veloso, and Milton Nascimento, keeping with their roots (as Mendes and Brasil '66 progressed, the American chart covers took over their albums). Lead vocalist Gracinha Laporace has a clear, gentle tone, perfect for their mellow versions of "Wave" and "Cancao do Sal (Sultry Song)." Organist Manfredo Fest puts the devil in the details, giving a giddy feel to "Nana" and "Today, Tomorrow," coaxing similar sounds out of his Hammond as, strangely enough, Soft Machine's Mike Ratledge. A wonderful album for fans of commercial bossa nova, now available on Japanese import CD only.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/28/2009
Label: Rev-Ola
UPC: 5013929457720
catalogNumber: 277
Rank: 78765

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bossa Rio   Primary Artist
Manfredo Fest   Organ
Octavio Bailly   Bass
Gracinha Leporace   Vocals
Osmar Milito   Piano
Pery Ribeiro   Vocals

Technical Credits

Sergio Mendes   Producer
Moacir Santos   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Larry Levine   Engineer
Nick Robbins   Recreation
Joe Foster   Producer,Recreation
Duglas T. Stewart   Liner Notes
Tom Wilkes   Art Direction
Torquato Neto   Composer
Andy Morten   Producer,Artwork

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