by Rosemary Clooney
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The Brazilian songs of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luis Bonfa, and other prominent bossa nova-era composers draw singers to them like a siren's call. And why not? Their gorgeous melodies, ingenious chord progressions and swaying, sensuous rhythms are unlike any other; in the right hands, these songs just take wings and soar. One of our greatest vocalists, Rosemary Clooney approaches this tropical repertoire with a zest and vigor that belies her age, but with interpretive powers that can only come with experience. She takes on some of the best of the best. Jobim has pride of place with eight classics including "Wave," "Girl From Ipanema," (here called, "The Boy From Ipanema"), "Once I Loved" and "Dindi." The remaining tracks glisten with such gems as, Bonfa's "A Day In the Life of a Fool," Baden Powell's "Let Go," Mendonca's "Desafinado" and Cole Porter's "I Concentrate on You" ( Clooney's tribute to Sinatra, who recorded the song on his first collaboration with Jobim). Clooney sounds as fresh and invigorated as usual, but she does have some help from some acclaimed admirers. John Pizzarelli plays fleet and sensitive guitar throughout and duets on a few tunes; Diana Krall joins Clooney for a playful "Boy From Ipanema." The Brazilian sunshine that these special songs bring adds light to this project's every note.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/06/2000
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431488422
catalogNumber: 4884
Rank: 80316

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rosemary Clooney   Primary Artist,Vocals
Gary Foster   Solo Instrumental,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jeff Hamilton   Drums
Steve Kujala   Solo Instrumental,Flute
Bob Summers   Trumpet
Nino Tempo   Solo Instrumental,Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Oscar Castro-Neves   Guitar,Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Walfredo Reyes   Percussion
George Graham   Solo Instrumental,Trumpet
John Oddo   Piano
John Pizzarelli   Solo Instrumental,Guitar
David Shostac   Flute
Chauncey Welsch   Solo Instrumental,Trombone
Gary Woodward   Flute
Diana Krall   Solo Instrumental,Piano,Vocals
Brian Scanlon   Flute

Technical Credits

Luiz Bonfá   Composer
John Burk   Executive Producer
Oscar Castro-Neves   Arranger
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Leslie Ann Jones   Producer,Engineer
Dick Lieb   Arranger
John Oddo   Arranger,Producer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Allen Sviridoff   Producer
Earl Brown   Vocal Arrangements
Alexis Davis   Product Development
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
Newton Mendonça   Composer

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