The Bossa Nova craze has been over for several years, but every so often an album comes out that proves there is still much to explore within the genre. Novas Bossas, a collaboration between Milton Nascimento and the Jobim Trio, certainly has the pedigree to turn out a classic; Nascimento was one of the late stars of the Brazilian music scene and the Jobim's certainly have the music running through their veins. The end result is an entertaining album filled with the warm grooves and haunting melodies that bewitched the country over four decades ago.
The first five tracks are pure Nascimento; the haunting vocals and melancholy melodies would fit in perfectly on Courage, (Verve 2005) and are welcome additions to the vocalist's catalog. For the rest of the album the group explores the repertoire of Jobim (with one deMoraes composition thrown in for good measure). Jobim said that Nascimento was the vocalists that came closest to rendering his songs as he imagined them, and it's easy to see why here. The only really familiar song is "Chega de Suadade," the rest coming from more obscure sources yet still proving why Jobim is one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century.
Bossa Nova works best in an intimate performance of few instruments with simple melodies, and this is exactly what Nascimento and the Jobim Trio produce. The instrumentation is kept simple with no digital monkeying. The only exception is vocal multi-tracking, which adds an additional depth to complexity to the melodies, making them that much more beautiful. "Bossa Nova" means "the new thing," which is exactly what this bunch has given us; a collection that harkens back to the past while still feeling rooted in the present.
Track Listing: Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser; Dias Azuis; Cais; O Vento; Tarde; Brigas Nunca Mais; Caminhos
Cruzados; Intuil Paisagem; Chega de Saudade; Medo De Amar; Velho Riacho; Esperanca
Perdida; Trem de Ferro; Samba Do Aviao.
Personnel: Milton Nascimento: vocals; Daniel Jobim: piano; Paulo Braga: drums; Paulo Jobim: guitar;
Rodrigo Villa: bass.
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr. Garner, I love playing the piano... is there any advice you could give me?'' He hesitated, then looked back at me and said, Keep playin' and don't stop!'' That was great advice because at 60 years old, I'm still playin' and haven't stopped!