Compilation Pick: Classic Jazz in Pure Bossa you want? The Brazil Connection Has That And More

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Released just in time before Christmas 2014, this really cool compilation from Studio Rio did it right.

There is absolutely no sugarcoating here.

Each classic jazz tune was given the pure boss nova treatment.

“What would these classic songs sound like had they been recorded in the studios of Rio de Janeiro in the first place, with the best Brazilian musicians and arrangers?”

Frank and Christian Berman, inside the liner notes on how the album came together during their rainy season in March 2013.

My favorite cuts are on the first three tracks, featuring Bill Withers and “Lovely Day”, Aretha Franklin’s “Walk On By” (albeit at a slightly faster pace than the original), and Marvin Gaye’s timeless standard, “Sexual Healing”.

Tracks 7 and 8 almost felt like if you were being transported back to Minneapolis during the filming of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.  The simple reason why I say that is, just listen to the beats and rhythms–definitely pure late 1960’s/early 1970’s mellow vibes with Mel Torme’s classic tune, “I’ve Got Your Under My Skin” (btw, special shout out to Halie Loren, who will be covering that tune in her latest album Butterfly Blue to be released on June 9.

A soothing version of Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now” tune is definitely something to behold, along with a pure jazz standard in the late Dave Brubeck teaming up with Carmen McRae (rather suave lyrics, don’t you think?) on “Take Five.”  All Andy Williams fans would really enjoy savoring Track 11 with “Music To Watch Girls By”, but bringing up the rear is none other than legend Sarah Vaughan ushering us into “Summertime.”

It can be found under the Legacy Recordings website, along with eBay, Amazon, and other online retailers worldwide.  Overall, an excellent album with plenty of B&W pics of the original artists themselves really make this compilation a real keeper.

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