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Plays & Sings Bossa Nova/Vrv [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import]

Luiz Bonfa Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Feb 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B00004S36L
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,600 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Samba De Duas Notas (Two Note Samba)Lalo Schifrin 2:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Vem So (Come Here, My Love)Lalo Schifrin 2:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. SambalamentoLalo Schifrin 2:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Tristeza (Brazilian Blues)Lalo Schifrin 3:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Manha De Carnaval (Morning Of The Carnival)Luiz Bonfa 3:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Silencio Do Amor (The Silence Of Love)Lalo Schifrin 2:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Domingo A Noite (Sunday Night)Luiz Bonfa 2:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Ilha De Coral (Coral Island)Lalo Schifrin 3:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Adeus (Goodbye)Lalo Schifrin 3:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Quebra Mar (The Sea Wall)Lalo Schifrin 2:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Amor Que Acabou (The End Of Love)Lalo Schifrin 2:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Chora Tua Tristeza (Cry Your Blues Away)Lalo Schifrin 3:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Bossa Nova Cha ChaLalo Schifrin 3:200.99  Buy MP3 

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Brazilian music burst upon the world scene in 1959, with the irresistible soundtrack to the film Black Orpheus. The composer was Luiz Bonfa. By 1963, when this album was recorded, the music had acquired the name bossa nova; and was a fully fledged craze. When the craze had passed, a few genuinely talented artists survived, including Jobim, Gilberto and Bonfa. This beautiful, low-key album catches his style to perfection. His delicate guitar and quiet confidential voice are surrounded with exquisitely judged arrangements by Lalo Schifrin and he is joined on several tracks by the remarkable pianist and guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves. Bonfa produces definitive versions of some of his best-known songs, including Manha de Carnaval, Tristeza and Silencio do Amor in a set which sounds as fresh now as on the day it was first released. --Dave Gelly

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bossa Nova album 21 Aug 2012
Format:Audio CD
Hailing from 1962 comes this dreamily romantic Bossa Nova gem courtesy of the seriously underrated composer, singer and guitarist Luiz Bonfa.The album is a collection of attractive songs and instrumental pieces focused primarily on Bonfa's breathy vocals and understated melodic jazzy -come classical guitar style.Melody and mood is what this set is all about. Great playing abounds everywhere on this album,but the magic of the music comes with the feeling with which it is performed and the delicate low-key arrangements that augment so aptly what are already lovely songs.Some tracks like 'Ilha De Coral' and the beautiful 'Adeus' have orchestral arrangements courtesy of Lalo Shifrin, others rely on Bonfa doing his stuff 'Queba Mar' as a more or less solo performer. Either way there are a slew of classic tracks to be heard here , not least 'Manha De Carnaval', 'Samba De Duas Notas' and 'Bossa Nova Cha Cha'.

Highly recommended to fans of light romantic swinging music.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem to impress your friends..... 25 Jan 2001
Format:Audio CD
In 1962 Luiz Bonfa recorded this wonderful album featuring the evergreen classic A day In the life of a fool(as it was called in the english translation). This sublime collection of Brazillian music is both low key and sensuous in the true manner of the 60`s Bossa Nova movement which is currently enjoying a revival with the cocktail drinking,lounge core hipsters. They truly don`t write them like this any more.This album sounds just right ! Go buy it and slip into the cool and groovy world of Luiz Bonfa.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest guitarist ever; possibly the best musician too! 2 July 2000
By "marcel195" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes a recording is more than just beautiful music. There are albums in my collection who (which) I seriously consider my friends. These are the ones I hung out with every day for countless months or years, and, when I listen to them again, they remind be of a certain emotion of those days. These are the albums that last a lifetime. "Composer of Black Orpheus plays and sings Bossa Nova" is one of these albums, and one of my best friends.
Luiz Bonfa is a fantastic musician - a fact revealed in this album. As the title suggests, Luiz Bonfa both plays and sings for this recording - a rare treat for any Bossa Nova fan. But this is not for a select few; everybody who hears this album likes this album. It's simply beautiful music that you can listen to any time. On a sunny day, Bonfa's unrivaled guitaring (complimented by funky Brasilian percussion, Jobim-esque piano, the pure tones of Maria Toledo, and occasional, unobtrusive strings) will convince you that you've arrived in 60s Rio. During winter, Bonfa's warm, unpretentious singing is the perfect pick-me-up.
These days it seems to be so hard to find classically trained guitarists sensitive to melody and timbre; and it is equally as hard to find jazz musicians who aren't tempted to play every note in the scale available to them (and sometimes those notes that aren't available). But, while he crosses over both realms, Luiz Bonfa is neither classical guitarist, nor jazz player. In "Composer..." there are some of the most wonderful melodies ever created, the themes expounded beautifully without ever being repetitious. In all of Bonfa's albums, it seems there is a different version of his most famous composition "Manha De Carnaval". This album contains one of the best, displaying Bonfa's incredible gifts in reworking a theme until it becomes perfection. The sixth track, "Silencio Do Amor" is one of the greates songs in existence; so finely balanced between the early verses, in which we hear Bonfa's gentle singing, and the later verses when only his guitar is heard.
Really, all tracks on "Composer..." are beyond easy description. Only the greatest poets could express what one feels when listening to this music. There is something magical in Luiz Bonfa, something that translates only to the heart and that tingly area which is what, I suppose, they call a "soul".
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He's The MAN! 8 Sep 2001
By jumpy1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Oh, this album is so satisfying. Especially the 2nd track: "Vem So (Come Here My Love)", a great love song. On this album Bonfa's guitar playing is elegant and simple, and the orchestrations by Lalo Schifrin extremely romantic. It covers many styles, with one song reminding me of Joao Gilberto and another of Henry Mancini. This album is one of the great legacies of 1960s bossa nova. Sweet, romantic and totally hip.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soothing Sophistication 5 Feb 2006
By Kurt Harding - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Well, I don't know what the reviewer who considered this a snooze expected, Sepultura perhaps? If you don't like mellow, then Luiz Bonfa Plays and Sings Bossa Nova is NOT going to be for you. But if you enjoy the cool, understated and soothing sophistication of bossa nova and a taste of Bonfa's perfect sense of rhythm, then don't hesitate to give this a shot.
I was more familiar with A C Jobim and Joao Gilberto than I was with Luiz Bonfa until I bought this CD, but I knew that Bonfa's music had merit solely on the strength of the internationally famous Morning of the Carnival.
I recently listened to this again after it sat a long time on the shelf, and I found a lot to like that I missed when I initially heard it. The first six songs are vocals, the rest are instrumentals. I like the whole CD, but the following speak to me most:
2) Come Here My Love- rousing stacatto vocals and an interesting instrumental interlude.
3) Sambalamento- great vocals that presage Jobim.
4) Brazilian Blues- epitomizes the "happy sadness" for which bossa nova is famous. Vocals remind me of Roberto Carlos.
5) Morning of the Carnival- I read recently that some Hollywood group recently voted Somewhere Over the Rainbow the "best" movie song ever written. Huh? With so many great movie songs, the "best" is surely a mere matter of taste and hard to define. To my ears, Morning of the Carnival is miles ahead of Yip Harburg's Wizard of Oz ditty.
10)The Sea Wall-A sprightly tune that features a dazzling display of Bonfa's guitar wizardry.
11)The End of Love-With a vaguely familiar opening, this segues into pure instrumental bliss.
13) Bossa Nova Cha Cha- a languid, dreamy cut that closes out this all too short CD.
Obviously, you can tell that I highly recommend this obscure gem. Those who follow my reviews know they can depend on me to call 'em like I hear 'em. So don't hesitate when it comes to discovering (or re-discovering) the magic of Luiz Bonfa by buying this CD.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Pieces of Music I Own 4 Dec 2006
By bordersj2 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I can't think of any other way to put it - this is easily one of the best albums I own. Luiz Bonfa was one of the, if not THE, founder of bossa nova. His influence is all over the genre, from the "Orfeu Negro" original soundtrack to modern adaptations. This particular album highlights him at IMO his best. When listening to this I'm taken to an old record player at sunset in the summer. Great with the remastering but there's something about the old vinyl that'll always carry something special.

I won't get into every song - but will mention some of the highlights to me. With the music, it's more than the guitar play, it's the mood, the build and the orchestration. Footballers in Brasil... the really good ones... will tell you that when they keep the game simple, they play better. I think it translates well with the music too. From "The Silence of Love" to "The Sea Wall", you can hear the gentle percussion roll with the guitar and piano. Another of my favorites here was "Sunday Night". Maria Toledo's (his wife) voice is almost haunting in this. "Coral Island" is also incredibly romantic - just amazing builds and a breathtaking ending. I think my favorite song on this album though is "Goodbye". It's like a scene from a very good, classy movie and again, there's just enough of Maria's voice to give the song that little bit extra. "Manha Do Carnaval" is a song that always deserves mention.

I can't recommend this album enough. It's one of the best albums I own. Luiz is, to me, one of the best guitar players that ever lived. Others that I really enjoy are Maria Toledo's album where she sings many of Luiz's songs. Another fantastic MUST have is "Jazz Samba: Encore", done with Stan Getz and Maria Toledo - just thinking about that album and "Menina Flor" makes me want to hear it again. You would also want to check out the original "Jazz Samba" done with I think Oscar Peterson, other works by Joao Gilberto, and works by another favorite of mine who is criminally underrated, Laurindo Almeida - especially Getz/Almeida. Whatever you do, don't miss this amazing piece of art and music.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music from the soul 17 May 2007
By Fabio Buhrer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Luis Bonfá plays with his soul, and the result is fantastic. If you like bossa nova, not doubt this is a must have.
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