Brazilian music is more popular today than it has ever been before, and it's not hard to understand why a bossa nova entices with its rhythms, a ballad seduces with its passion, a choro invites with its melody all are irresistible, and all leave you wanting more. Chesky Records has put together a magnificent collection, Best of Brasil, that will delight both the serious collector and provide the essential elements of this lively music for the first-time listener.
Having long supported the work of Brazilian musicians and composers, it should come as no surprise that the featured artists on Chesky's best of brazil reads like a who's-who, past and present, of Brazilian music. The country's greatest jazz vocalist, Leny Andrade, is here, as are legends Luiz Bonfa and the incomparable Antonio Carlos Jobim. Alongside these major historical figures sit innovative rising stars such as guitarist Badi Assad and vocalist Ana Caram, who prove that the best in Brazilian music is yet to come.
Best of brazil also recognizes the impact that Brazil's varied musical traditions have made around the world: American jazz greats Herbie Mann and Phil Woods not only pay homage to Brazilian music, they have consciously helped advance and popularize its sound in the U.S.. Originally from Argentina, Carlos Franzetti utilizes Brazilian song forms as a jumping-off point for inspired musical exploration, while Cuba-born Paquito D'Rivera delivers his own love letter to the sounds of Brazil.
Boasting performances of high emotion and exquisite craft, and presented with and the high-resolution recording technology that Chesky is famous for, best of brazil takes you on a musical vacation that lets you feel as if you've visited the sandy beaches of Rio without ever having left your room.
Selections: Summer Samba (Samba de Verao) - Ana Caram, Samba de Orfeo - Luiz Bonfa, Velas Icadas - Leny Andrade, Brazileirinho - Romero Lubambo/Raphael RabelloChoro, No. 1 - Orquesta Nova , Aparecida - Herbie Mann, Chorinho No. 12 "Park Avenue" - David Chesky, Meditation - A.C. Jobim/Ana Caram, Pulo do Gato - Badi Assad, Dindi - Leny Andrade, Chorinho No.3 "Sheep Meadow" - Paquito D'Rivera, Nada Sera Como Antes - Phil Woods, Atras da Porta - Orquesta Nova.