Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Big Band Bossa Nova (Dig)
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
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Pushing the boundaries of bossa nova and big beat.
darragh o'donoghue | 07/11/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The delicate beauty of bossa nova and the brasher gestures of big band don't sound like an obvious heavenly match, and the relationship is sometimes awkward on this CD. A famous song like 'Bim Bom' doesn't gain a lot from the fusion, and loses much. Tracks like 'Chega de Suadade' or 'Noite Triste' don't really sound like bossa nova at all, if we mean by that term a kind of music with a recognisable sound colour. If we mean by 'bossa nova' a certain way of playing jazz, a flexible, fluid yet tight rhythmic form, then they certainly are: both are terrific, cinematic in their expansiveness, soundtracks to a forgotten film noir, a menacing, anxious, probably French one. The elaborations conducted on 'One Note samba' are very exciting. The high point, however, is Bonfa's 'Manha de Carnaval', which, along with Jobim's 'Insensatez', is the crowning glory of bossa nova. If it's a morning, it's one after the night before, opening with bleary quiet, before taking us on a steadily accumulating journey through Brazilian life just before the carnival explodes. Getz's playing is once again a marvel of expressive restraint."
Great stuff from Stan and Gary
H D. MEIJ | Jipsinghuizen, Holland | 11/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Being a big fan off Gary McFarland I can only say this is a beautiful album with big band recordings. Highlight Manha de Carnaval.Pitty there are no (?) extra bonus tracks on this CD.
Not the first choice
rash67 | USA | 05/12/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Getz other Bossa Nova album's are classics. Start with the delightful "Getz/Gilberto", the second best selling Jazz CD of all time, then "Jazz Samba", "Jazz Samba Encore". But by the time Norm Grantz at Verve pushed him into this, he was pretty tired of Samba.
"Chenga de Saudade" is definitely the best and "Niote Triste" is pleasant but this type of big band highly-scripted format wasn't his forte. It's Stan, so he's (almost) never bad, he puts on a brave face and does the best under the circumstances.
Inoffensive, but quite Pop and shallow.
Make sure you have the other albums above before you get this one.
Sorry they can't all be great. Tryin' to save you money.