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My Inspiration - Music of Brazil
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
Guitarist Charlie Byrd has revisited bossa nova numerous times since his landmark collaboration with Stan Getz, Jazz Samba, helped start the worldwide bossa craze in 1961. But My Inspiration--The Music of Brazil is one of ... more »
Guitarist Charlie Byrd has revisited bossa nova numerous times since his landmark collaboration with Stan Getz, Jazz Samba, helped start the worldwide bossa craze in 1961. But My Inspiration--The Music of Brazil is one of his most successful yet. Possibly this is because he is backed on "Inspiration" by the Brazilian guitar, bass, and drums of Trio Da Paz (featuring Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta, and Dudaka Da Fonseca), which keeps the music's rhythmic and harmonic core intact. Or possibly it's because of the wonderful Brazilian singer Maucha Adnet, who sings six tunes here, or even tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton's uncanny updating of Getz's sound. More likely though, it's because of Byrd himself, who again proves himself one of the few non-Brazilian masters of the genre, sprinkling his distinctive classical-meets-jazz guitar style all over lovely versions of Jobim's "So Danca Samba," "Fotografia," "Agua de Beber," and others. He even displays his adventurous side with a bossa arrangement of Chopin's Prelude in E Minor (here titled "Freddie's Tune"), proving that even a familiar classical melody can sound sensuously Brazilian. --Ezra Gale
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Nigel | Austin | 01/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'd been searching for a current Bossa Nova album to rival Getz Gilberto. This one is it! Though it swings more and has more be-bop driven classical guitar improvisations by Byrd, it is just as sensuous and appealing. Every other song contains vocals reminiscent of Astid Gilberto but much edgier and the other ones are sax driven in the style of Getz. Absolutely great musicianship. The rhythm section led by Lubambo on rhythm bossa nova nylon string guitar couldn't be better. Great bass. Great percussion. This is a genuinely great recording and great set of performances. Have I said it is great?"
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Steve Emerine | Tucson, AZ United States | 11/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Charlie Byrd joined with saxophonist Stan Getz to popularize Brazil's bossa nova music in 1962. This effort, recorded 37 years later, shows he's just as good as ever. With another great saxophonist, Scott Hamilton, Byrd presents some fine Antonio Carlos Jobim tunes, along with bossa nova versions of songs by others -- including himself, bassist Bob Haggart and some guy named Chopin! Drummer Chuck Redd appears on this CD playing the vibraphone, and Maucha Adnet provides some hauntingly beautiful vocals a la Astrud Gilberto. Once again, Byrd and bossa nova make a pleasant combination."