Master Composers: Marcos Valle’s Samba ’68 album should help melt away the ice and snow

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In the over 50 year career of singer, instrumentalist, songwriter and record producer Marcos Valle, his career has covered many versions of Brazilian jazz:

The rise of bossa nova and sambas combined with fusion, rock, soul, jazz, and dance made Marcos a household name throughout Brazil

by the mid 1960’s.  Two years after making his United States debut, he teamed up with his wife Anamaria to do an English version of songs that were originally composed in Portuguese.

The key songs on this short album include the breezy “Crickets Sing for Anamaria” (Track 2) and of course, the “So Nice (Summer Samba)” song on Track 3.  Other memorable songs include “It’s Time To Sing” on Track 8, “The Face I Love” and “Safely In Your Arms” on the final two tracks (10 and 11, respectively).

The liner notes are taken directly from the Verve LP and features very enthusiastic thoughts from the late Merv Griffin.  Similar to all of the game shows that he helped create, his eye for spotting rare talent was second to none during the 1960’s into the 1970’s.

Overall, this album is a cheery, fun, laid-back, and soothing album worthy of sipping your favorite drink and/or indulging with your favorite chocolate dessert of choice.

And yes, Marcos Valle may be well into his seventies but his career is still going strong.  Between 1981 and 2013, he has produced 11 single albums, a pair of compilation CD albums, and three DVD concerts.

What’s not to love, you may ask?

I have just the answer as we near our week of true escapism and romance before Valentine’s weekend hits full gear:

In a few days, look for my first of a handful of cool DVD concert reviews.

The first artist that I am profiling will put the spotlight on a woman who I think if given the right time and space, could give a true run for the money of any Victoria’s Secret or Sports Illustrated swimsuit model–and that is just in the outfits she wears on stage!

But her singing is simply impeccable, her moves are all high energy all the time.  I will highlight one of Ivete Sangalo’s concerts when she did an over two-hour show at New York’s Madison Square Garden a few years back.

Towards the end of this coming week, a cool and relaxing two-fer of albums for your romantic pleasure:

An artist I had my eyes on hoping to find a copy, any copy that was available online in Robin Lukas, and yes–I didn’t have to go too far to find one.

I also am including the long anticipated review/welcome back for one of my all-time favorite artists in the world of smooth jazz, Brazil or otherwise in Vancouver’s own Diana Krall, as she puts a melodic spin on her favorite songs from childhood and early adulthood.

In the meantime, please pray for those people north of Fabiana Passoni’s hometown in California and all points north through most of the West Coast with their horrific flooding and mudslides.

At the same time, we cannot ignore the upper portions of New England and yet more snow filtering in where they just dug themselves out of anywhere from 2 to 3 feet from January.  When will it ever end?  Stay safe, everybody.


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