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Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto - Getz/Gilberto (1964) Music » Jazz » Latin » Bossa Nova
Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto - Getz/Gilberto (1964)
Artists: Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim
Album: Getz/Gilberto
Label: Verve
Year: 1964
Format, bitrate: MP3@256 Kbs
Time: 0.33:21
Size: 87 MB
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Caetano Veloso - Noites Do Norte Ao Vivo Music » Jazz » Latin
Caetano Veloso - Noites Do Norte Ao Vivo
Artist - Caetano Veloso
Album - Noites Do Norte Ao Vivo
Release Date - Apr 30, 2002
Recording Date - Jul 15, 2001-Aug 7, 2001
Label - Universal
Genre/Styles : Latin/Brazilian Pop
Format/Bitrate - Mp3/320 Kbps

This release by Brazilian pop vocalist, Caetano Veloso, features 32 songs recorded live in 2001.
2001 double disc concert album of Caetano's 2000 release, 'Noites do Norte'. Caetano performs "Noites de Norte'" and his greatest hits like 'Menino do Rio', 'Samba de Verao', 'Tigreza','Estranho Amor' and 'Meia Lua'. The concert also features Veloso's interpretations of great Brazilian songs from a variety of artists like Timbalada, Luiz Melodia, Lulu Santos and many more.
Tony Bennett - Perfectly Frank Music » Jazz » Vocal Jazz
Tony Bennett - Perfectly Frank Artist: Tony Bennett
Album: Perfectly Frank
Year: 1992
Label: Columbia
Time: 73:51
Format, bitrate: MP3, 320 Kbps
Size: 169 MB

Sinatra called Tony Bennett his favorite singer, and this CD beautifully returns the compliment...
Neal C. Reynolds (Indianapolis, Indiana),

Perfectly Frank is just that -- a group of covers that came to define Frank Sinatra as a vocal legend. Here, Tony Bennett pays homage to "the Voice" in a way only he can. This massive, 24-track compilation runs through the list of standards that made Sinatra legendary."Night and Day," "East of the Sun (West of the Moon)," and "The Lady Is a Tramp"are just a few of the tracks that Bennett has managed to bring to life just asbeautifully as Sinatra did so many years ago. Backed by his standard group, the Ralph Sharon Trio, he manages to make this collection more and more his own.Instead of simply covering the songs, or trying to emulate Sinatra, Bennett adds his personal touch to each song. This is a tribut to the music, as well as to Sinatra.
Christopher Fielder
Quincy Jones - Q's Jook Joint Music » Jazz » Fusion
Quincy Jones - Q's Jook JointArtist: Quincy Jones
Album: Q's Jook Joint
Year: 1994 - 1995
Label: Qwest
Time: 69:53
Format, bitrate: MP3, 320 Kbps
Size - 160 Mb

The multi-talented Quincy Jones has excelled at idiomatic combinations in his albums since the '60s, when his mix-and-match soundtracks for television and films alerted everyone that he'd switched from a pure jazz mode to a populist trend. Q's Jook Joint blends the latest in hip-hop-flavored productions with sleek urban ballads, vintage standards, and derivative pieces; everything's superbly crafted, though few songs are as exciting in their performance or daring in their conception as past Jones epics like Gula Matari or the score from Roots. Still, you can't fault Jones for his choice of musical collaborators: everyone from newcomer Tamia to longtime stars like Ray Charles, rappers, instrumentalists, male and female vocalists, percussionists, and toasters. The CD really conveys the seamless quality one gets from attending a juke joint, though it lacks the dirt-floor grit or blues fervor of traditional Southern and chitlin circuit hangouts. But no one's more knowledgeable about the spectrum of African-American music, nor better able to communicate it via disc, than Quincy Jones.
~ Ron Wynn, All Music Guide
Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil - Tropiclia 2 Music » Jazz » Latin
Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil - Tropiclia 2Artist: Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil
Album: Tropiclia 2
Year: 1993
Release: 1994
Label: Elektra/Nonesuch
Time: 42:06
Format, bitrate: 320 Kbps
Size: 91 MB

Between harsh criticism (due to the retro opportunistic use of Tropiclia), and sectarian defense, Tropiclia 2 yielded a Caetano Veloso/Gilberto Gil tour through E.U.A. and Europe one year after this release. The reference to Tropiclia was used as a safe-conduct for the duo's incursions in electronics, ax music (the contemporary and pragmatic sound of Bahia) and other commercial exploitation -- since under Tropiclia everything goes (or used to go, some 30 years ago). The album opens with "Haiti," a dry percussive electronic pattern over which Caetano and Gil speak verses dealing with racism; "Cinema Novo" is a beautiful samba, whose lyrics "explain" and greet the Brazilian cinema movement which gained the world. "Nossa Gente" brings the percussive sounds of ax music together with funk brass attacks. "Rap Popconcreto" is a musical concrete poem which echoes as a synthesis of the old concept of Tropiclia -- utilizing samplers in an improbable atmosphere, piling several old recordings from various artists singing the word "Quem?" ("Who?"). The Jimi Hendrix song "Wait Until Tomorrow" receives a Brazilian percussion treatment, and "Cada Macaco No Seu Galho" is a Novos Baianos hit which received an old baio groove treatment in the drum-machine programming, mixed with modern Bahian percussion. "Baio Atemporal" is a beautiful baio with a very modern and haunting melody and arrangement. The album, in philosophical terms, expresses fragile concepts. Poetically and musically, represents good entertainment, and, in its best moments, good Art.
~ Alvaro Neder, AMG
Herbie Hancock - The Then and Now: The Definitive Herbie Hancock (2008) Music » Jazz » Fusion
Herbie Hancock - The Then and Now: The Definitive Herbie Hancock (2008)
Artist: Herbie Hancock
Album: The Then and Now: The Definitive Herbie Hancock
Release Date: Sep 23, 2008
Label: Verve
Type: Compilation
Quality:mp3; 320 kbps
Size: 183 mb

The idea of collecting tracks off several of jazz legend Herbie Hancock's albums from the influential '60s Blue Note years through to his Grammy-winning 2007 album River is a nice idea that doesn't quite come together on Verve's Then and Now: The Definitive Herbie Hancock. Obviously designed to showcase the whole of Hancock's career post his 2007 Grammy win for River: The Joni Letters, Then and Now doesn't really give you the full picture. With only five tracks devoted to his '60s/'70s recordings (arguably his most essential and defining period), there's just not enough "then" here to really qualify this as a "definitive" collection. Not to mention that Then and Now basically ignores Hancock's '70s recordings, opting for merely an "edit" of "Chameleon" and the album version of "Watermelon Man," which comes out of chronological order near the end of the collection. Add in that you only get a live version of "Rockit" and you're left with less a definitive view of Hancock's career and more of a thumbnail sketch. ~ Matt Collar -
Charlie Byrd - Byrd Plays Jobim (2002) Music » Jazz » Latin » Bossa Nova
Charlie Byrd - Byrd Plays Jobim (2002)
Artist: Charlie Byrd
Album: Byrd Plays
Label: Concord Jazz
Format, quality: 320 Kbps Mp3
Size:114 MB
Time: 67:21

When guitarist Charlie Byrd scored big on Stan Getz's Jazz Samba in 1962, he found a niche that served him well for the next 35 years. Byrd, however, no more invented bossa nova than Getz. Instead, both men proved masterful interpreters of a music defined by composers like Antonio Carlos Jobim. Plays Jobim represents a marriage of style and vision, of deep writing and sensitive interpretation. A dozen songs are drawn from five Concord albums, and even casual bossa nova fans will recognize Jobim classics like "Desfinado" and "The Girl From Ipanema." The recordings are performed in multiple settings, ranging from the nonet of "So Danco Samba" to the septet on "Favela" to the quartets of "Corcovado" and "Meditation." The smaller settings work best because Byrd has more room to stretch out and his acoustic guitar is never in danger of being drowned out by the other players. The larger settings, accompanied by clarinet and harmonica, also border closer to contemporary jazz than samba. Upbeat cuts like "Agua de Beber" and slow, romantic pieces like "If You Never Come to Me" are more successful, providing intimate settings for Byrd to work his magic. Chuck Redd's vibraphone also proves complimentary to the spirit and tone of Byrd's acoustic guitar on these cuts. Overall, Plays Jobim is a relaxed set, perfect for the early evening. Fans of Bryd and Jobim will enjoy revisiting these fine compositions. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., AMG
Elis Regina - Essa Mulher (1979) Music » Jazz » Latin
Elis Regina - Essa Mulher (1979)
Artist:Elis Regina
Album: Elis, Essa Mulher
Label: WEA
Format: MP3; 320 kb/s
Size: 79 mb

This is a beautifully produced and conceived collection of songs (by Joao Bosco, Danilo Caymmi, Cartola, Baden Powell, Joyce) on which Regina arrasou (outdid herself, that is to say). ~ Terri Hinte, All Music Guide
Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook: Instrumental Music » Jazz » Latin » Bossa Nova
Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook: InstrumentalArtist: Various Artists
Album: Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook: Instrumental
Year: 1995
Label: Lumiar
Size: 321 MB
Format, bitrate: MP3, 320 kbps

This double-album release brings a wide range of excellent Brazilian performers sharing Jobim's inspiring compositions, some of which may be new for bossa lovers. The strong point of this instrumental album is its inspired solos; the weak take form in the (fortunately only) two funkish/rockish renditions which seem to be commercial attempts. Disc one begins with a wonderful piano and flugel horn duo (Gilson Peranzzetta and Márcio Montarroyos) playing "Surfboard." "Meu amigo Radamés" is splendidly interpreted in the truest choro spirit by O Trio and Leandro Braga. Luiz Avellar exposes the haunting "Choro" with nothing but a short yet swinging solo. "Diálogo" is an special moment in this album, where accordion virtuose Sivuca dialogues lyrically with trombone master Vittor Santos in an exquisite orchestral environment. "Captain Bacardi" has a more aggressive samba feel with a beautiful flute solo by Mauro Senise. The second album features João Donato's wonderful arrangement for brass and piano trio for "Olha Pro Céu." "Tide" is another good moment, with a piano quartet led by José Roberto Bertrami. Hermeto Pascoal attacks his aggressive, swinging solos in his distinctive style on the hottest track of this album, "Tema jazz."
Alvaro Neder
Natalie Cole - Still Unforgettable (2008) Music » Jazz » Vocal Jazz
Natalie Cole - Still Unforgettable (2008)
Artist: Natalie Cole
Title Of Album:Still Unforgettable
Year Of Release:Sep-09-2008
Label:DMI Records
Bitrate:256 VBRkbps
Total Time:55:39
Total Size:70,2 MB

Natalie Cole's liner notes for Still Unforgettable make it sound like the Great American Songbook had been collecting dust on her shelf since 1991, when she recorded Unforgettable, the album that shot her into the mainstream. (She had been releasing Top Ten R&B albums since 1975, but Unforgettable was something else, a cultural phenomenon that inspired a Saturday Night Live skit.) Still Unforgettable features another duet with father, "Walkin' My Baby Back Home," but its make-up isn't that much different from albums like Take a Look (1993), Stardust (1996), or Ask a Woman Who Knows. While she has been reinterpreting classics on and off for nearly two decades now, she can't be faulted for phoning it in; in fact, she seems to be having more fun with the songbook than before. If you're keeping score at home, Nat King Cole was 32 when he recorded "Walkin' My Baby Back Home"; Natalie was in her late 50s when she recorded the duet with her father's vocals -- which would, for the sake of the song here, make her old enough to be her father's mother. ~ Andy Kellman
Caetano Veloso - Muito (1978) Music » Jazz » Latin
Caetano Veloso - Muito (1978)
Artist - Caetano Veloso
Album - Muito
Label - Verve
Year - 1978
Quality - MP3@320 kbps
Size - 101 mb
Total time - 44:50

A beautiful album, Muito reveals Caetano Veloso for the great poet/lyricist he is, and spares listeners from his sometimes pretentious intellectualism. "Terra" is a touching ode to mother Earth delivered with 12-string violões and discrete percussion. "Tempo de Estio" celebrates tropical pleasures. "Muito Romântico" is a beautiful song, but the use of a choir with square vocal arrangements compromised it. "Quem Cochicha o Rabo Espicha" (Jorge Ben) has an exciting swing where a jazz piano adds a nice touch, but Ben's rendition is unrivaled. "Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar" is pure Veloso and his most delicate style interpreting the bossa classic at the violão. "Sampa" was the big hit of this album, quickly transformed in an unofficial anthem to the city of São Paulo, becoming a synonym for it. The voice/piano rendition of "Eu Ee Amo" is also very expressive. A sometimes delicate, sometimes swinging album, without electronics, and very strong melodically. ~ Alvaro Neder, All Music Guide
Nana Caymmi - O Mar E O Tempo (2002) Music » Jazz » Latin » Bossa Nova
Nana Caymmi - O Mar E O Tempo (2002)
Artist: Nana Caymmi
Album: O Mar E O Tempo
Year: 2002
Label: Globo/Universal
Genre: Brasilian Pop/Bossa Nova
Quality: 320 Kbps - Mp3
Size: 109 MB

Dorival Caymmi father of Nana Caymmi died to the 94 years in Saturday, 16/08/2008, in the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Dorival Caymmi was precursory of the Bossa Nova to lade of Ton Jobim and João Gilberto. The musician was born in Salvador, the Bahia, day 30 of April of 1914. It leaves one hundred compositions more than, between them `Eu não tenho onde morar', `Maracangalha', `O que é que a baiana tem? 'and `Rosa Morena'.
Nana Caymmi is nevertheless an established singer on her own, as corroborated by her extensive discography and two gold records. Also a composer, she has been recorded by giants such as Milton Nascimento.
Ron Carter - Jazz & Bossa (2008) Music » Jazz » Latin » Bossa Nova
Ron Carter - Jazz & Bossa (2008)Artist: Ron Carter
Album - Jazz & Bossa
Label - Emd Int'L
Year - 2008
Quality - MP3@320kbps
Size - 107 MB
Time: 46:18

2008 release from the Jazz bass legend, a musical exploration of the wonderful sounds of Jazz and Bossa Nova. Nine tracks including 'Saudade', 'Salt Song (Cancao Do Sal)' and 'Whisper Not'.

Ron Carter is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music's greats: Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos Quartet, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, and Bobby Timmons. In the early 1960s he performed throughout the United States in concert halls and nightclubs with Jaki Byard and Eric Dolphy. He later toured Europe with Cannonball Adderley. From 1963 to 1968, he was a member of the classic and acclaimed Miles Davis Quintet. He was named Outstanding Bassist of the Decade by the Detroit News, Jazz Bassist of the Year by Downbeat magazine, and Most Valuable Player by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. ~
Caetano Veloso - Uns (1983) Music » Jazz » Latin
Caetano Veloso - Uns (1983)Artist: Caetano Veloso
Album - Uns
Release Date - 1983
Label - Verve
Quality - MP3@320 kbps
Size - 80,7 mb
Time - 35:01

Uns opens with the swinging title track, with its rhythmic poetry based in the word that means "some people," opening endless possibilities: "Musical" is a melancholic and delicate melody, delivered with simplicity; "Eclipse Oculto" was the big hit of the album with its hybrid reggae rhythm and lyrics that are a monologue directed to a former lover; "Peter Gast" is the best melody/arrangement of the album, a sophisticated ballad; "Quero Ir Aa Cuba" has swinging Caribbean rhythms; "Coisa Mais Linda" (Carlos Lyra/Vincius de Moraes), a bossa classic, is delivered in the purest bossa style; "Voc Linda," which also was a hit, is a ballad whose lyrics describe in detail the charms of a certain Bahian girl; "Bobagens, Meu Filho, Bobagens" (Marina Lima/Antnio Ccero) is a minor pop ballad; "A Outra Banda da Terra," a reggae song, talks about territorialism with redneck accent; the samba-funk "Salva Vida," with special guest Maria Betnia, provokes conservatives with references to masculine beauty; and the classic, beautiful samba-enredo " Hoje" (Didi/Mestrinho) closes the album. ~ Alvaro Neder AMG
Caetano Veloso - Outras Palavras (1981) Music » Jazz » Latin
Caetano Veloso - Outras Palavras (1981)Artist: Caetano Veloso
Album: Outras Palavras
Label: Philips
Year: 1981
Format, bitrate: MP3@320 Kbps
Size: 92,6 MB
vGenre/Styles: Latin / MPB

Outras Palavaras has several Brazilian grooves mixed with contemporary danceable rhythms. Caetano Veloso is not as inspired as in his 1960/1970 period in terms of melodies, but he managed to write some excellent music nevertheless. The album is focused on danceable tracks, having the hits "Outras Palavras," a Northeastern groove with experiments around word sonorities; "Vera Gata," reggae; "Sim/No," another Northeastern groove backed by funk drumming; and "Rapte-me Camaleoa." The hit "Lua e Estrela" is a subtle Northeastern groove with only a triangle for percussion. Expressive moments went unnoticed, such as the beautiful melody "Nu Com Minha Msica"; "Gema," a beautiful Bahian samba, an elegy to the loved woman; "Blues"; and "Verdura." ~ Review by Alvaro Neder, AMG.
João Bosco - Dá Licença Meu Senhor Music » Jazz » Latin
João Bosco - Dá Licença Meu Senhor
Artist: João Bosco
Album: Da Licenca Men Senhor
Release Date: Jun 18, 1996
Recording Date: Jul 3, 1995-Aug 14, 1995
Label: Sony International
Quality - MP3@320kbps
Time: 62:20

João Bosco is an excellent samba composer/singer/violonista. In some of his previous albums he made some attempts to reach a wider audience, which resulted in some watered-down pop albums with excessive keyboarding. Here he returns to his origins: strong melodies and his firm rhythmic grip backed by an economic set of excellent musicians. The album opens with the samba "Pagodespell" with special guest Martinho da Vila. Follows the baião "Forró em Limoeiro," with a juicy accordion solo by Sivuca. Then "Se você jurar," timely recovery of an old samba jewel by Ismael Silva and Nilton Bastos (Francisco Alves also signs the authorship, but because he used to buy them). "Pai grande" is a change of pace, where the Milton Nascimento song receives a deep rendition based on voice/violão/bass. "O vento" is a creative, almost only instrumental recreation of a Caymmi song. Bosco also covers other delicious classics by Tom Jobim, the master of the gafieiras Severino Araújo, the genius Noel Rosa, the also genius Villa-Lobos, Ary Barroso and many other giants. In spite of not being representative of Bosco's biggest hits, the album is a must have. Review by Alvaro Neder
Chico Buarque - Uma Palavra (1995) Music » Jazz » Latin
Chico Buarque - Uma Palavra (1995)Artist: Chico Buarque
Album: Uma Palavra
Label: BMG Brazil
Year: 1995; Release Date: Apr 1, 1997
Rating: 3 Stars
Format, bitrate: MP3@320 Kbps

Uma Palavra is the 19th album by Chico Buarque. Subtle jazz and classical influences draw the attention, representing an ideal way for a natural modernization of Buarque's sound, even if he would prefer to stick to traditional samba. "Estacao Derradeira" reflects on the problem of violence in Rio today, with a melody that challenges the modest vocal abilities of the excellent composer. "Morro Dois Irmaos" is an extremely beautiful melody, recorded by female singers who highlight the superior expressivity of the song. The samba-choro "Ela e Dancarina" is an urban chronicle of an improbable love affair. Already recorded by Caetano Veloso, "Samba e Amor" is a wonderful song about a Bohemian composer. Other old hits reinterpreted here are the lively samba "A Rosa," the valse "Joana Francesa," the samba-cancao "Ela Desatinou," the samba "Quem Te Viu, Quem Te Ve," the densely romantic "Eu Te Amo" (from the homonymous film by Arnaldo Jabor), and "Vida." -- by Alvaro Neder
Wilson Pickett - The Very Best of Wilson Pickett Rhythm-n-Blues, Soul
Wilson Pickett - The Very Best of Wilson Pickett
Artist: Wilson Pickett
Album: The Very Best of Wilson Pickett
Year of release: 1967
Label: Atlantic
Time: 31:23
Quality: 256 Kbs - Mp3
Size: 59 mb

This is just what you need to kick start your Wicked Pickett collection. Sadly, Wilson passed away on January 19, 2006 at age 65, but not before seeing himself elected to the R&R Hall of Fame in 1991. Easily one of THE most important soul singers/songwriters of that era.
Tuck & Patti - As Time Goes By Music » Jazz » Vocal Jazz
Tuck & Patti - As Time Goes By
Artists: Tuck & Patti
Album: As Time Goes By
Label: Windham Hill
Release Date: Aug 21, 2001
Format, bitrate: MP3 320 Kbps
Rating: 3 Stars

This is the second Tuck & Patti compilation for the Windham Hill label. While it proves to be a fine companion to The Best of Tuck & Patti, it seems redundant to have two compilations from only six studio recordings (including Tuck's Reckless Precision). The selections are fine representations of their amazing talent, so it is recommended for casual fans. However, those who want to make more of an investment in this historically important duo are encouraged to pass on the compilations and go with the original studio recordings, as they are all excellent. -- Review by Robert Taylor
It's De Lovely: The Authentic Cole Porter Collection Music » Jazz » Vocal Jazz
It's De Lovely: The Authentic Cole Porter Collection
Artists: VA
Album: It's De Lovely: The Authentic Cole Porter Collection
Label: Bluebird
Recording Date: Mar 1, 1928 - May 5, 2004, release: 2004
Format, bitrate: MP3@192 Kbps

I've always liked Cole Porter's songs, so of course I've heard them performed by many different singers. But what made this album for me was the recording of Porter himself singing "Anything Goes." Of course he doesn't have the voice of a Sinatra or a Mel Torme, but if you want to hear the definitive version of a song, you go to the composer himself, and this one is terrific. Porter sings with an urbane, knowing sophistication the others can't match, and in his own words--"God knows, anything goes," not the sanitized versions later singers used. It's fabulous, and the CD is worth the price formore that track alone. But the rest of it's pretty easy on the ears too. Performances range from early jazz sounds to splashy big band arrangements to savvy vocals framed by swingy riffs. I like it better every time I listen to it. This is a worthy tribute to a great songwriter, and taken together with "The Very Best of Cole Porter" would be a great introduction to a suave, stylish kind of music that's sorely needed today, in this world of women singers groaning like cats in heat and men pumping out lyrics about bitches and hos. Let it roll -- Cole's still tops. --
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