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A Foreign Sound
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists, Latin Music
Caetano records 23 American hits varying from Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Paul Anka, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin to Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder and even Nirvana. Higlights include: "So in Love", "Cry Me A River", "Soph... more »
Caetano records 23 American hits varying from Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Paul Anka, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin to Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder and even Nirvana. Higlights include: "So in Love", "Cry Me A River", "Sophisticated Lady", "Come As You Are" and the bonus track "Love Me Tender".
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wm | ...onward....thru the fog! | 01/04/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I read with interest the polemic that developed among a couple of reviewers as a result of co-composer Jacques Morelenbaum's comments in the liner notes that "Aviation didn't begin in America; it began in Brazil".
Look it up. It's indisputable that Brazilian Alberto Santos Dumont flew a contraption heavier than air prior to the Wright Brothers. The point is debatable, and it hinges on the definition of the contraption. What's more important, though, is that Morelenbaum made the comment in the context of THIS record. It's an analogy, get it, folks?
As with first flight, whether modern American music or American standards, both of which Veloso interprets here, were invented in America or in Brazil first is debatable. One thing is certain: Veloso and his cohorts can fairly be credited for inventing the Tropicalia movement back in the 60s. What was Tropicalia? Plain and simple, it was a fusion of American or western music with black music.
Let's not forget Brazil's geographic and historical location. As a major stopping point in the slave trade, African culture and music took root there, and mixed with "western" music centuries ago. As the African diaspora spread northward to the south of the US, for example, African American musicians took it to the next step, and are widely credited for inventing rock 'n roll in the 50s.
It's telling that Veloso and Morelenbaum titled this album "A Foreign Sound", because on the one hand, it's "foreign" in that it consists of American music. On the other hand, it's not "foreign" at all to Veloso, for the reasons described above.
If you're already familiar with Veloso, you'll know that nothing he's done in his beautiful career is accidental. He's an incredible composer, and the songs he chose to interpret on this album were carefully selected, and he more often than not imbues the songs with a new interpretation that even the original songwriter sometimes prefers over his original version.
On the latter note, David Byrne often introduces his song "Nothing but Flowers" before playing it in a concert by saying "I'm going to play it the way Caetano Veloso plays it".
Can there be a bigger compliment from one composer to another? I don't think so. Could any non American have paid a bigger compliment to American music, while simultaneously commenting that "Americans didn't invent American music" than Caetano has on done on this album? I don't think so."