Artists Worth Checking Out: Thought An Image With A Soccer Ball Might Inspire Some Soccer Fans

Image courtesy of sambabrandsmanagement.com

Image courtesy of sambabrandsmanagement.com

With the World Cup only a week away, I thought this image of a boy showing off a dirty soccer ball kicking it barefoot would inspire you to this hip-hop/cool-down version of music that would go great with any World Cup planned futbol/soccer parties, if you are into that sort of thing.

Over 75 minutes of music features Dill Costa leading off with “Janelas Abertas” (or “Open Windows”).  Lots of whistles are included on Track 2 with “O Samba Da Minha Terra”.

The first really cool track does not appear on my mind until Track 3, as Dill Costa and guitars by Edinho help out on “Brincadeiras” (or simply, “Games”).

That’s what hopefully the World Cup in Brasil will have…exciting, jaw-dropping games.

But I briefly digress, as I continue with my weekly album review from Rosehip Records in Chicago released in 2008:

Think Carnaval on Track 4, I mean really think Carnval with “Brazilica Dance”, mixed masterfully by Dave Darlington as part of a collaborative effort headed up by Kenny Dope for K-Dope Productions, Inc. (I am not kidding on his name, so I send apologies if that drug reference name offended some people).  Similar case can be said on Track 7 as well with, “Pauleira”–almost 7 1/2 minutes worth.

The hip-hop beat returns on Track 5 with “Bye Bye” and interesting percussions by Joe Rendon.  A steady beat, but not as slow as Sabrina Malheiros or slightly frenetic as I profiled last week’s entry in Monica da Silva.  Good song to listen to at the half of the games of your choice.

Marcos Oliveira chimes in on Track 8 with “Amor Em Chamas”, a decent pace song with plenty of guitar again supplied by Edinho and cool bass provided by Nick Monson.

But my favorite track in this rather eclectic mix of songs is Track 9, “Estranhas Direcoes” (or simply, “Strange Directions”.)  Plenty of great guitar mixed with percussion done masterfully by Felipe Fraga.  Plus, Ron Haynes contributes some periodic flugelhorn and a little trumpet action.

A very close second is the perfectly timed “Summer Nights” song, sung so well by Cynthia Jernigan and Kendall Nesbitt.

Too busy of an album overall, but I did like seeing in the cover art different images of a typical day in Rio–having a boy carrying a bike over his head up a bunch of cobblestone steps.  Also, inside the disk holding tray are plenty of tall green rods that resemble your typical package of green onions that you commonly see in most American grocery stores (and in my occasional pursuit of cooking, I use them in a special chicken stir-fry dish served over different vegetables and rice, topped off with your favorite soy sauce.  And yes, the dish is awesome year round).

But unfortunately, my virtual Cal Ripken, Jr. streak of posting glowing and positive album reviews has to come to a brief end.

I give the Sushi Samba a slightly below average rating.  Reason being is that the entire album is not really horrible, it has some highlights here and there.  But the mixing of several instruments as if you were taken to some Rio night club just was not something that I expected to hear–even though many podcast reviews in 2011 and 2012 gave this album many high marks.  I expected to hear a bit more pleasant tones that you have come to expect in my weekly CD reviews.

And with all of Brazil and practically most of the world counting down the final hours before the games officially kick off (on Brazil’s Valentine’s Day nonetheless), I have just the perfect album to kind of lead everyone into a simple interlude.

Thanks to a smooth jazz artist from the late 1970’s, he also did a “Brazilia” album as well.  His name is John Klemmer, but wait until you see the YouTube clip that I hope will make all fans think long and hard during this month long tournament about how cool life really can be–when we all make safe, credible, and honest choices.

Trust me, I will get this slightly negative review into the rear view mirror as fast as possible and you will definitely see the start of a new streak–as I am promising to post many really cool and happy albums that should hopefully lead us well past horror movie viewing season come Halloween.

And just in case if new or old fans have not noticed in my little About section, I have made the 2016 Summer Olympics my singular and bigger focus.

IMHO, the World Cup is simply a series of acts played out over several weeks with 32 countries playing in many different stadiums–but it is only one sport.

The Olympics will have nearly three dozen sports and over 180 countries taking part, including the return of golf if you can believe it.

So rather than compare what people in the United States do during a chilly Sunday in early February as part of their unofficial national holiday in holding Super Bowl parties, I can only imagine how rabid and frenetic the party atmosphere will be throughout most of Brazil over the next several weeks.

And as Monica herself said in this space late last week, the host nation has a very good chance to win on their home soil come Sunday, July 13.  We will all watch together to see if that dream becomes a reality.

That’s all for now.  Please enjoy this very nice weekend of glorious weather–not too hot, not too cold.

Back with one more really neat blog sometime early next week before the games begin.

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