Rendezvous in Rio

Rendezvous in Rio

by Michael Franks


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Rendezvous in Rio

Michael Franks' laid-back vocals have made him the choice of a new generation of cool school attendees. With Rendezvous in Rio, his debut release for Koch Records, Franks continuously shows why he is still at the top of his game with brand-new songs that will soothe, undo your stresses, or put you in a romantic mood. The various musical styles on the CD include two Brazilian sambas, one titled "Under the Sun," pointing you toward the Southern Hemisphere and the warmth of Rio de Janeiro and Bahia. A master of phrasing and elongated notes, Franks tells his great stories in several tempos that literally have you wanted to take this journey with him. "Rendezvous in Rio" starts with Café's percussive whistle and the rhythmic flow of Romero Lubambo's guitar. Chris Hunter's sax and flute solos also heighten the imagery of Franks' sexy vocals. "The Cool School" starts with the beautiful guitar accompaniment of Chuck Loeb and continues under Franks' vocals with a hushed flow of cool/smooth riffs that make this song one of the best on the CD. With the artistry of such respected contemporary jazz artists as Jeff Lorber, Jimmy Haslip, Chuck Loeb, and Alex Al and the lilt of the carnival whistle, Michael Franks has conspired to entertain you, and has succeeded. You're sure to enjoy this very special Rendezvous in Rio. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/27/2006
Label: Koch Records
UPC: 0099923996422
catalogNumber: 9964
Rank: 34966

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Franks   Primary Artist,Vocals
Robbie Dupree   Vocals,Background Vocals
Charles Blenzig   Keyboards
Dwight Sills   Guitar
Chris Hunter   Flute,Saxophone
Jeff Lorber   Keyboards
David Sancious   Piano,Keyboards,Soloist
Jimmy Haslip   Electric Bass
Gary Meek   Flute,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Alex Al   Bass
Sergio Brandao   Bass
Café   Percussion
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Mike DeMicco   Guitar,Soloist
Larry Hoppen   Vocals
Romero Lubambo   Guitar
Chuck Loeb   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards
Eric Marienthal   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jerry Marotta   Percussion,Drums
Scott Petito   Bass,Keyboards
Leslie Ritter   Background Vocals
Marc Shulman   Guitar
Michael White   Drums
Michael White   Drums
Andy Suzuki   Woodwind
Veronica Nunn   Background Vocals
Wolfgang Haffner   Drums
Roger Burn   Piano,Keyboards,Vibes
Pamela Driggs   Vocals
Brian Dunne   Drums
Beth Reineke   Background Vocals
Carmen Cuesta-Loeb   Vocals

Technical Credits

Charles Blenzig   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Michael Franks   Composer
Jeff Lorber   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Percussion Programming
Jay Anderson   Contributor
Jimmy Haslip   Producer,Audio Production
Derek Jones   Engineer
Chuck Loeb   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Scott Petito   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer
John Rosenberg   Executive Producer
Rich Breen   Engineer
Roger Burn   Arranger
David Channing   Engineer
Dan Beach   Computer Editing
Willard Dyson   Contributor
Ronaldo Bastos   Composer
Megan Denver   Art Direction
Sean Conly   Contributor
Billy Arnold   Contributor
Mark Anderson   Contributor

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Rendezvous in Rio 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
His best album in years. If you like the beach and are a romantic, this album is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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