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Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Latin Music
Brasiliero, a wonderfully diverse introduction to Brazilian music, is a sophisticated blend of folk-pop and cool jazz, as embraced by artists both well and little known, in the most popular styles: samba, bossa nova, and M... more »
Brasiliero, a wonderfully diverse introduction to Brazilian music, is a sophisticated blend of folk-pop and cool jazz, as embraced by artists both well and little known, in the most popular styles: samba, bossa nova, and MBP (musica popular Brasileiro). As with Cuban music, the greatest influence on Brazilian music came from African slaves who were imported to farm sugar, tobacco, and cotton plantations. With that influence comes a complex rhythmic structure and a prevailing sense of melancholy. Bearing this out, "Daca de Solidao" ("Dance of Solitude") is deliciously thick as performed by the dusky-voiced Beth Carvalho. Chico Cesar's "Mama Africa" is a perfect sociopolitical pop hit, blending hard-hitting lyrics with bouncy percussion and Jamaican reggae. Other standouts include Jorge Ben's wiggly feel-good romp "O Namorado da Viuva" ("The Widow's Boyfriend") and Joao Bosco's dancing guitar on "Vatapa," which pays homage to the traditional dish of the same name. --Paige La Grone
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a huge fun of Putumayo's music collections, as well of their idea of expanding world music knowledge, and in some occasions donating some of their profits to strongly needed causes. Still I'll try to be as objective as possible: While 'Brasileiro' might not include most of the best music artists from Brazil, it is so far one of the best "various artists" albums that you can find about Brazilian music. Believe me, they are not easy to find. I am not Brazilian, but I know their culture very well, and besides the well-known Passos, Da Vila, Nunes, Bosco, Carvalho, and Torres, I was very pleased to discover other talents such as Jorge Ben (o namorado da viuva), Nazare Pereira (clarao de lua), or Chico Cesar (mama Africa).If you are looking for fast-dancing samba, or go-crazy party music, this CD is NOT for you. The music in this CD is kind of easy-listening, relaxing, surprising, romantic, and if you've ever been to Brazil, it is tremendously nostalgic. Very pleasant while reading a book, playing with your date, or just chatting with some friends.Other Putumayo's great titles I recommend are 'Cuba' (my favorite), 'Afro-Latino', 'Athens to Andalucia', and especially if you like this one, 'Cape Verde'. -A spaniard, and a world music fan"
A wonderful gathering of Brazilian voices
Michael J. Mazza | Pittsburgh, PA USA | 10/10/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Brasileiro" is an anthology CD of 13 different songs by 13 different performers from the world of Brazilian music. This is an excellent blend of the mellow and the playful. Each track is a wonderful blend of instrumental music and vocal performance.There is a good mix of male and female vocalists. The generous liner notes discuss each artist and his/her work in the context of Brazilian music. Some of the standout performances on the disc are the following: Silvia Torres' sweet, seductive "Take Sarava"; Celso Machado's magical-sounding "Despedida"; Jorge Ben's sweet, gentle vocals on "O Namorado da viuva"; Chico Cesar's "Mama Africa," with its reggae-like sound; and Chico Buarque's fun, upbeat "Cantando No Toro." But my favorite song on the disc is probably Clara Nunes' "Canto Das Tres Racas," which features a majestic, elegant vocal performance.I have to admit: I don't have much knowledge of Brazilian music, and I can't speak Portuguese. But I will say that this is a fine CD, full of passion and artistic skill, and I think that it has the potential to appeal to a broad audience."
A cute brazilian blend
E. Quevedo | Mexico | 04/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have a little more than a year learning portuguese and I love the brazilian culture: the food, the folklore and the music. Brasileiro is a good CD for those who wants to introduce theirselves to the exotic and sensual rythm of the samba, the MPB, the forró and the bossa nova. "Take Saravá" is a nice song and you need to hear "Clarao de Lua" or the slaves's song of "Canto das tres racas" for understand the passion and the culture of the brazilian people. Beth Carvalho and her sexy voice are wonderful in "Danca de Solidao" and "Berekeré", that is include in the soundtrack of the movie "Woman on Top" has a cadence without equal. You will learn that Bahia is the "land of hapiness" and the inspiration of a lot of composers, musicians and famous writers, it's the land of the magic and creation...After listen this disc you will understand the meaning of "saudade" that is a mixture of loneliness, sorrow and nostalgia. The guide included in this Putumayo CD is very educative and take your hand for conduce you inside the brazilian sounds. Enjoy it. Vc vai gostar demais. Beijao."