Artist: Laurindo Almeida & Bossa Nova All Stars
Title: BOSSA NOVA
Format: CD Jewel Case (8 pages booklet)
Genre: World Music / Bossa Nova / Brazil
Cat. #: SM018-CD
Relesase date: September 1st 2014
< 18 International hits from great composers in Bossa Nova.
< Restored and mastered in FULL HD
< Booklet in English
< Original illustration
BRAZILIAN BOSSA NOVA MEETS AMERICAN JAZZ
This CD contains historic recordings of the first meeting between Bossa Nova and American Jazz.
Just as soon as Bossa Nova starts in 1958 Laurindo Almeida selected great songs of Brazilian and American composers and introduced the Bossa Nova in the United States.
This was the first time ever lounge concept created in adapting classics with arrangements for Bossa Nova with a wonderful vintage sounding from 1962 now restored and mastered in FULL HD.
The virtuoso Brazilian guitarist Laurindo Almeida is accompanied on these recordings by top American jazz musicians.
18 Timeless Classics for listening alone or in good company, but to listen always!
Laurindo Almeida (September 2, 1917 – July 26, 1995) was a Brazilian virtuoso guitarist and composer who made many recordings of enduring impact in classical, jazz and Latin genres. He is widely credited, with fellow artist Bud Shank, for creating the fusion of Latin and jazz which came to be known as the “Jazz Samba.” Almeida was the first artist to receive Grammy Awards for both classical and jazz performances. During his lifetime, he was nominated for sixteen Grammys and received the award five times. His discography encompasses more than a hundred recordings over five decades.
Laurindo Almeida, the Brazilian virtuoso, has noted that bossa nova “was born on the guitar”. Long a recognized master of the instrument both in the classical and contemporary idioms, Laurindo continued to demonstrate the unique, almost magical appeal evoked by his instrument in the bossa nova idiom.
The unique Latin syncopation of Laurindo’s guitar is the very essence of bossa nova, throbbing at the heart of the music. But it is in the wedding with American jazz that this rhythmic and harmonic experience is complete. The tracks of this compilation reveal the excellent result of this marriage, not only in the jazz interpretations of the all-star lineup of instrumentalists assembled here, but in the choice of repertoire itself. Front and center, the jazzmen magníficos are Don Fagerquist, trumpet; Bob Cooper, tenor; Justin Gordon, flute; Jimmie Rowles, organ; Laurindo Almeida, Howard Roberts and Al Viola, guitars; Max Bennett, bass; Shelly Manne, Chico Guerrero and Milt Holland, percussion.
Brazilian and U.S. composers are richly represented. From the Colossus of The South come Recado Bossa Nova by Luiz António and Djalma Ferreira, O Barquinho by Roberto Menescal and Ronaldo Boscoli, and António Carlos Jobim’s reflective Meditação and One Note Samba. Included in the American crop of songs are contemporary ballads I Left My Heart in San Francisco and Fly Me to the Moon from Anthony Newley’s Broadway musical “Stop the World – I Want to Get Off”. Bernstein’s Maria takes a journey into lounge music. Duke Ellington’s classic Satin Doll is followed by followed by the brightly handled pop hit Alley Cat, with its jazz moments of tenor sax, muted trumpet and flute solos. The catchy, familiar sounding melody line of Walk Right In makes for agreeable balance with the theme from the film Days of Wine and Roses, written by Henry Mancini and here accorded an imaginative arrangement at medium tempo. A special note is required for Desafinado by Stan Gets and Charlie Bird.
These are everlasting tunes with bossa nova flavor.
- Naked City Theme (Billy May)
- Ramblin’ Rose (Joe Sherman / Noel Sherman)
- Maria (Leonard Bernstein / Stephan Sondheim)
- Lollipops and Roses (Tony Velona)
- Moon River (Henry Mancini / Johnny Mercer)
- Desafinado (Stan Gets / Charlie Bird)
- Mr. Lucky (Henry Mancini)
- One Note Samba (António Carlos Jobim / Newton Mendonça)
- Theme from “Route 66” (Nelson Riddle)
- Recado Bossa Nova (Luiz António / Djalma Ferreira)
- I Left My Heart in San Francisco (George Cory / Douglas Cross)
- O Barquinho (Little Boat) (Roberto Menescal / Ronaldo Boscoli)
- Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (Bart Howard)
- Satin Doll (Duke Ellington)
- The Alley Cat Song (Frank Bjorn / Jack Harlen)
- Meditation (Meditação) (António Carlos Jobim / Newton Mendonça)
- Walk Right In (Erik Darling / Willard Svanoe)
- Days of Wine and Roses (Henry Mancini / Johnny Mercer)