Rosemary Clooney: Brazil
Then there's the rendition of Jobim's "Boy from Ipanema" is one of the surprises on this album. High profile singer/pianist Diana Krall shares the stage with Clooney and by doing so, my admiration for Ms Krall increases at least by a factor of ten. It has to be daunting to share the mike with a singing legend in her own time, even for the greatly promoted and high profile performer Diana Krall. High profile notwithstanding, there's no question of who's in charge here. Although she accompanies on piano, Krall's vocal role relegated to that of background singer. The remaining tracks on this album are equally as entertaining and pleasing an aural pallette - - no clinkers here.
Rosemary Clooney is a national musical treasure who should be enshrined in the hearts and minds of avid fans of the Great American Song Book. This album should be given to every aspiring vocalist of tunes from this book, female or male, and told "listen carefully. This is how it's done." To my mind a legitimate candidate for a 2000 Grammy, "Brazil" is highly recommended.
Tracks:Brazil; Corcovado (Quiet Nights); Boy from Ipanema; Wave; Once I Loved; Desafinado; I Concentrate on You; One Note Samba; How Insensitive; Let Go; Dindi; Waters of March; Meditation; Sweet Happy Life; A Day in the Life of a Fool; Brazil (Reprise)
Personnel: Rosemary Clooney - Vocals; John Pizzarelli - Guitar/Vocals; John Oddo - Piano/Arrangements/Musical Director; Gary Foster - Tenor Sax; Chauncey Welsch - Trombone; Chuck Berghofer - Bass; Jeff Hamilton - Drums; Walfredo Reyes - Percussion; Steve Kujala, Brian Scanlon, Dave Shostac, Gary Woodward - Flute; Paulinho de Costa - Percussion; John Ferraro - Drums; Diana Krall - Piano/Vocals; Nina Tempo - Tenor Sax; George Graham, Bob Summers - Trumpet; Oscar Castro-Neves - Guitar/Vocal
Record Label: Concord Music Group