Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Bossa Brava 2
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop
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A little disappointed...
Jason Crawford | Durango, Colorado | 12/24/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I picked this disc up after Bossa Brava 3 and was not quite as happy with this purchase. Bossa Brava 3 is a great funky gumbo of salsa and acid jazz. This #2 is close but falls short of the more recent album. After listening to this one for three days, no songs stick in my head like several from number Bossa Brava 3 have."
One of the Original nu-Bossa Series!
bordersj2 | Boston | 02/01/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Hmm... I'm heading back in time with my last two reviews. One was for the Brazilian Love Affair series - the first one, and this one's for the second Bossa Brava release, which was put out around 1999 or so. That was a very great year for Jazz, nu-jazz and acid jazz fused with bossa, broken beats and a few other styles. Bossa Brava! was one of the original series to do this. They had a firm root in abstract jazz and pushed the envelope a bit with their series and the types of songs they'd put onto compilations. Remember - this was 1999, so other great series and releases to compare from that time would be Rainer Truby's Glucklich vol 3 and vol 4, which came out about a year later (if memory serves... it probably doesn't! lol) and Schema's Break & Bossa 1&2, where people heard Nicola Conte maybe for the first time ever, about the same time as Irma's "Sister Bossa" series kicked off, and a year before Brazilectro vol 1.
How does it stack up? I for one really liked it. There were some funky grooves on this and some artists that were class. The set starts out with "Full Circle", a song with a quick bossa tempo that'll sort of take you to the sound of Soulstance (but it was done by "Soundscape UK"). Sacre Francais, by Dimitri From Paris follows... what's interesting to me on this one is that intro percussion line. It was used on Buscemi's "Ramiro's Theme", which was a pretty popular track back in 2000 and featured on Glucklich IV. But this one's a bossa with some neat effects, samples and a nice vibe. Sort of reminds me of Cubismo Grafico's "World is yours", but slightly less cliched. Quintetto X follow with "Esquema Da Bossa", and it's a nice yet IMO un-eventful track. Not as much attitude and style as some of the other works form this Schema group that introduced me to Rosalia De Souza. Reminiscence Quartet also are there - but with a neat Batucada laden track. They only released two albums I'm aware of, and while this cut is pretty cool to me and does fit the mold of this particular compilation, they have better works - many of which include the uber strengthed voice of Salome De Bahia. Neat beats on Sergio Bore's "Voices of Percussions"... I sort of wonder if there was a connection between there and Reminiscence Quartet's music, along with maybe Grupo Batuque. Regardless, many dj's and producers mimmicked the sample vibe here. Another tune I enjoyed off of tihs was Martin Fuss's "Samba Dal Mugello". It's pretty catchy - nice flute/guitar combo and rhythm... pure bossa bliss IMO... if you like Gazzara, you'll like this one.
I liked this and recommend it. Not all of the songs grabbed me - some were a little dull. But all in all, it's a good entry to the series. Also keep in mind that this series is pretty much out of print now, so it might be starting to get difficult to find them. But the neat bossa takes me back and there are some pretty good tracks here. Very light, very easy going and a little bit of sugar to keep it interesting... like good coffee. If you like this or the Bossa Brava series, definitely check out the Irma Jazz series and their Sister Bossa's (1-5 only), Reminiscent Quartet's "Psychodelico" album, Schema's "Rearword" series and "Tempo & Crescendo"... maybe also Break & Bossa 2&3. And moving forward, you might also have liked the Saint Germaine Des Pres-Cafe, although that series is more of a "Jazz meets electronica" thing instead of a "bossa meets acid-jazz" vibe like these. The last Bossa Brava was "The Very Best of Bossa Brava", and it featured some of the more popular nu-bossa/Brasil tracks circa 2001-2002."