Artists Worth Checking Out: Brazilian Architecture Is A Sure Treat

No tricks, just lots of really cool Brazilian jazz to enjoy any time of year

Image courtesy of allmusic.com

Image courtesy of allmusic.com

My album of the week pick just in time for Halloween is a sure-fire treat from November 5, 1991.

Just two days before Basketball Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson announced to the world that he was HIV positive, the Lindberg Hemmer Foundation must have had one of the Los Angeles Lakers primary team colors firmly in mind.  The disk is embossed mostly in gold.  But the best part, you don’t have to fork over the same amount for Tiffany & Co. designer jewelry in time for Christmas just so you can pair this album with Les Hommes’ The Mood is Modal (another past subject you can revisit from one of my prior blogs, just fyi).

All we know about the band is that they combined simple jazz arrangements with key electronic Minimoogs, bass, other Wurlitzer instruments, and some percussion.

Each member of the band is profiled in a one inch B&W pic, led by Keld Ipsen on trombone, Soren Runge on keyboard, Klavs Norso on percussion, Jens Runge on the choir, Ben Besiakov on the electric piano, Anders Gardmand covered the flute, and Regin Fuhlendorf performed effortlessly on the guitar.

Doing the backup vocals on a few of the songs were Marie Carmen Koppel (no relation to the longtime former ABC News Nightline lead anchor Ted Koppel) and Louise Nordby.  They went under the cleverly designed label simply called Crazy Nation.

Hence, before you put on the “Monster Mash” or the Ghostbusters theme, put this album on as you divvy up those chocolate covered treats for the good little ghouls and goblins that will probably end up rotting most of their teeth before they go back well rested on Monday morning.

But that’s not really my point.

The point I am trying to make is that this CD is a great party album.  Track 3 is an immediate winner in my book with “Manzonetti”, and close behind for a cool number as well is both Track 6, “Madras” and Track 8, “Just Another Party at Tony’s Beach.”

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As 2015 prepares to draw to a close in the final weeks, I thought November would be a great time to review three albums that were released during this past year and managed to get mostly rave reviews from many in the music community.

Before the American Thanksgiving holiday towards the end of the month, you will find in either your inboxes or just a thumb’s tap away on your smartphones these reviews:

Week of November 2, Kenny G lends his soulful sax in the Brazilian way for the first time in his storied career.

Week of November 9, Italy’s Nicola Conte brings on 13 neat tracks with Free Souls.

Week of November 16, Eliane Elias dons a rather tropical dress as if she was auditioning to be the first fully clothed subject for the March 2016 issue of Playboy Magazine.  The veteran singer/songwriter does some neat versions of Gal Costa (“Aquarela do Brasil”), everyone’s favorite springtime song thanks to Astrud Gilberto (“Waters of March”) and another longtime favorite tune of “Vida” (“If Not You”) among the 12 tracks included there.

And if I get a brief moment from preparing my residence for the annual big turkey dinner, I will try to give the fans an Olympic update that Monday or Tuesday before the holiday break.

The only major news of note from October was the hiring of longtime San Antonio Spurs and multiple NBA champion head coach Gregg Popovich, as he will be taking over the reins of Team USA Olympic basketball from Duke’s legend in Mike Krzyzewski after the 2016 Rio Olympics conclude next August.

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