Monthly Compilation Pick: Time To Chill with Chill: Brazil

And I mean that literally.

At the time this blog was typed, my hometown area went from a Friday high of a sticky 82 down to an autumn-like 55 with brisk north winds making it feel even colder.

Perhaps, the people from Warner Music International back when this compilation album was released in 2002 might have had these songs in mind as a great frame of reference.

Image courtesy of my own personal collection

Image courtesy of my own personal collection

This was actually the second volume of 5 in the series.

The original covered 34 wide ranging tracks.

The album that I am profiling features 36 songs that you can really groove to.

On Disk One, there is the likes of Azymuth, Bebel Gilberto, Paula Toller, and Ed Motta.

On the second disk, there are some instantly recognizable songs from Tom Jobim leading off with “Gatora de Ipanema” (“The Girl from Ipanema”), Joao Gilberto’s famous “Tim Tim Por Tim Tim” and Bebel’s early hit “Tanto Tempo”.

The late Milton Nascimento is also featured with the likes of Kid Abelha, Hermeto Pascoal, and Os Cariocas.

Nice compilation to enjoy while you are either working around the house or cooking up something new and exciting from your many shelves of cookbooks (or popping up that next cool classic recipe from the Food Network website).

June promises to be just as sizzling, as I will have reviews from the likes of early 1990’s artist Velas, Claudio Zoli, Marcio Faraco, and hopefully a two-fer from Maria Bethania.

And I will hope to close out the month before the fireworks began in earnest around the United States in advance of the Independence Day holiday weekend (which will actually start a day early on Friday, July 3) with another neat compilation pick.

And yes, there will be one huge Olympic update to look forward to come Father’s Day weekend as far as actual competition is concerned:

NBC is making a return to the sport where they once gained a big cult following during the 1990’s as the AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) pro beach volleyball tour makes a FIVB Rio Olympics qualifying stop in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Once that match gets closer, I will provide you with the key times on when to watch the matches and a link to learn more about each of the players vying for future Olympic glory.

With the 2012 retirement of popular American women’s star Misty May-Treanor, it is up to the likes of Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross to keep the gold firmly in American hands.  Similar case on the men’s side of the ledger with popular star player Phil Dauser once again leading the charge in this being a truncated 2015 AVP season.

But as is often the case, Brazil’s players on both the men’s and women’s sides should be forces to reckon with.  Just ask any fan of North Carolina and Duke basketball, and they will tell you that it is not wise to wake up the sleeping giants.

Please enjoy the rest of your weekend.

I wish to give a small shout-out to those new fans who recently signed up for this blog (including Jessy J, one of my all-time favorite jazz artists)–thank you and please look around at my many posts.

I look forward to reading each and every one of your comments.

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