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Swinger From Rio / Beat of Brazil
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Latin Music
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Bossa meets bop with great results.
Glenn Withiam | Lansing, New York | 10/20/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Forget Brasil '66 and all those awful Beatles covers. This disk holds Sergio's two best albums with instrumental cuts melding bossa nova with straight ahead bop. "Swinger" is a mostly pensive set with great sidemen such as Art Farmer, Hubert Laws, and Phil Woods. For "Beat" Sergio assembles a powerful sextet and lets things rip. Ela e Carioca is like nothing you've heard, and here's the all-time best arrangement of Desafinado (except possibly for Herbie Mann at Newport '65). Only downside is the pathetic edit of Corcovado, but you'll be bothered only if you've heard the orignal vinyl cut."
Some of Sergio's best jazz efforts
Barbara J. Major | Upper Darby, PA United States | 06/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This compilation set features the talents of Sergio's Bossa Rio Sextet recorded in Brazil. To borrow a phrase from a Brazilian journalist I highly respect, this group "is tight and swinging" from the first opening bars to the last. Unfortunately, this group only recorded a few albums in Brazil ("The Beat of Brazil" LP actually is a U.S. reissue of the Philips Brasil "Sergio Mendes and Bossa Rio" LP). We deserved to hear more from these great jazzmen, all of them. Antonio Carlos Jobim himself did the arrangement for "Ele e Carioca" on the "Beat of Brazil" LP!If you are a jazz fan and want to hear good solid arrangements and first class jazz piano playing by Sergio, be sure to pick up this compilation, it will not disappoint."
A Nice Pair
Star Thrower | 05/17/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Based on the musical quality and added value of receiving two albums on one cd I would give this a 5 star rating. Where the quality is lacking is in the poor cd re-mastering which is prevalent on most of the re-issues released by this record label. They have a dry, brittle character which sounds artificial. Although The Swinger... boasts jazz heavyweights Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Hubert Laws, and Brazilian master A.C. Jobim himself on guitar, I prefer The Beat Of Brazil. The warm soulful sound of trombones and tenor sax combined with the upbeat arrangements is hard to beat."