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Vento De Maio
Elis Regina
Vento De Maio
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Latin Music
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Brazil is a country rich on pop vocalists--and seemingly producing talented new ones every day. Yet Elis Regina Carvalho da Costa (1945-1982) remains the impossible standard to which they can only look up. A lithe but s...  more »


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All Artists: Elis Regina
Title: Vento De Maio
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Blue Note Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/1983
Re-Release Date: 5/19/1998
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Latin Music
Styles: Caribbean & Cuba, Cuba, South & Central America, Brazil, Brazilian Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Latin Jazz, Latin Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 724382350323

Brazil is a country rich on pop vocalists--and seemingly producing talented new ones every day. Yet Elis Regina Carvalho da Costa (1945-1982) remains the impossible standard to which they can only look up. A lithe but strong voice, impeccable enunciation, precise phrasing, complete control of color and nuance, easy sense of swing, power--Regina had it all. Listen to the poignancy of "Outro Cais" (Another Pier) and "So Deus e Quem Sabe" (Only God Knows), her blues- like grit in "O Trem Azul" (The Blue Train), or her power in the elegiac "O Que Foi Feito Devera" (De Vera) (sung with Milton Nascimento). Then be surprised by her bright, exact, playful singing in "Calcanhar de Aquiles" (Achilles's Heel) or "Sai Dessa" (Get Off It). Some of the instrumental parts may sound quaintly dated (the electric pianos, the rock guitars) but her voice and her singing is timeless. --Fernando Gonzalez

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For the true Brazilian music lover.
B. Nardi | 02/08/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you expect easy-listening run of the mill bossa nova, you most likely will not appreciate this excellent album. Different, raw, dreamy, in a way seventy-ish but always honest. It is an album which, like the best albums in history, will grow on you. Those who know Portuguese will understand that this is not just 'I love you so, please love me too'. There is enough boring bossa out there, this is for the true affecionadas of Brazilian music."
RBSProds | Deep in the heart of Texas | 10/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Five GREAT Stars!! This is the late Elis Regina at her very best, singing, scatting, purring, and soaring her way through her only EMI studio session as only she can. Near the end of her life, Elis was pouring it on in this studio session. This session stretches from using huge orchestras and choruses to smaller intimate groups with friends. We can tell this is probably one of her last studio sessions because several songs are the exact songs and arrangements that appear on the live home-recorded "Trem Azul" (The Blue Train) CD, which was the last recording of her work. ("Trem Azul" was remastered from an 8-track recording to a wonderful CD.) The difference between the two CDs is in her vocal delivery and in the inclusion in this CD of other remarkable songs and bonus tracks. That makes both CDs worthy of purchase for inclusion in any comprehensive Elis Regina collection. All singing is in beautiful romantic Portuguese.

Let's get to the "Pieces D'Resistance". The big performance for me is "What Was Really Done" a fiery performance by Elis with Milton Nascimento that ranks among her very best; even her scatting in the background is exciting as Milton whips up his own brand of flames over the rolling beat. In "Get Off It" and "New Season" her voice is a combination of sassiness and poignancy that is matchless, not even by daughter Maria Rita. "Hit The Bullseye" is the type of joyous song that made all of Brazil fall in love with Elis. The single stop hesitations in the song and the sound effect are a real hoot! The title song, "Winds of May" is another huge extravaganza with Elis singing on the upper arc of her voice, as only she can, her voice holding firm. "The Blue Train"is always a bittersweet moment because we know that it was the last recorded song she sang in public before the tragic accident. She purrs her way through "God Only Knows"with a lot of saudade in solo and with the backgound group. In all, a great performance worthy of Five GREAT Stars."
Inexplicable voice smothered by unfavourable settings.
darragh o'donoghue | 01/30/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Anyone warming a well-appointed chamber in their heart for 'Elis and Tom', Antonio Carlos Jobim's desafinitive collaboration with the singer (what an inadequate word) Elis Regina may find the latter's 'Vento De Maio' album very disappointing. It's not that the songs are bad - some of them are very beautiful, echoing with strange, often folk-dark, Brazilian melodies, Elis' bird-restless voice dodging the mysterious mood- and tempo-changes. But the whole thing is an early example of rycooderfication - all native eccentricities are ironed out by superslick production and anonymously proficient session-playing. A few of songs survive the process - 'Tiro Ao Alvaro' (Hit the Bull's Eye) equals anyting on the Jobim album, a joyous, rasping busk; 'So Deus E Quem Sabe' (God Only Knows) and 'O Que Foi Feito Devero' (What Was Really Done) lurk enigmatic vocal alleys; 'Outro Cais' (Another Pier) is a haunting miniature."