Master Composers: Bebel Gilberto hits a home run with one simple word
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In the last few years, Bebel Gilberto went through a divorce and has continued to redefine herself as one of Brazilian jazz’s all-time great female artists.
Tudo is well. That’s all in English.
But wait a second…there’s more:
Track 2, more echoes with the song, “Nada Nao” (or “Not”/”Nothing”).
Seu Jorge (another artist I hope to blog about during 2015) assists on Track 4 with, “Novas Ideias” (or simply, “New Ideas”). Rather cool yet subtle song choice, along with a slower ballad on Neil Young’s classic tune, “Harvest Moon.” The title track is pure Bebel on Track 6, just the right mixture of percussion, bass, and a special assist from the Brazilian Girls lead artist in Didi Gutman helping out on keyboards.
Classic jazz fans should instantly recognize some cool versions originally performed by Stan Getz:
“Saudade Vem Correndo” on Track 7, lyrics penned originally by Luiz Bonfa. Very nice pace, but not too fast. Bebel’s voice at times appears to be gravitating a bit away from the microphone as if some buffer was blocking the view. But overall, very nice song choice.
“Vivo Sonhando” on Track 11, sung originally by her father in 1963.
But the really cool track can be found on Track 9, the French club hit simply called “Tout Est Bleu” (or “Everything Is Blue”). Lots of Didi Gutman but give props also to Mauro Refosco, for performing so admirably with five different instruments in this one song–simply amazing.
The other cool reason to buy this album is that Bebel is seen throughout key sections of the enclosed liner notes alone in thought:
Page 2, without a care in the world.
Page 5, sitting on a wood floor contemplating her next move.
Page 10, her neck-filled hair nearly blocking one of her eyes.
All in all, the song that typifies Bebel today is on Track 10, “Lonely In My Heart.”
The more you listen to that song, the more many adults attempt to seek out a different chapter, a new beginning.
And yes, I am definitely thankful for the small things in life–no question about that.
Tudo Bem to that–meaning all is right in my world!
I have a small story before I return again next week with another installment in my series on Rare Gems:
In August 2013, I look inside my mail one day and enclosed on page 3 of a Crate & Barrel retail store catalog was this cool neon sign:
That neon bar sign is soooooooooooooooooo cute! If anyone has any links to where I could buy one at a reasonable price, please leave me a link when you leave your comment. Thanks in advance and I hope you enjoy Bebel’s latest works.
Par excellence yet again!