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This review is from: Imagina: Songs Of Brasil (Audio CD)
Four and a half ENJOYABLE Stars! Jazz flute legend Herbie Mann was once asked to describe Brazilian music: he used one word, "Paradise". On the 11th CD of her fabulous and adventurous career, Grammy-nominated jazz singer Karrin Allyson delivers Brazilian "paradise" in English & Brazilian Portuguese, a language in which she has recorded before. In the follow-up to the Grammy-nominated Footprints which focused on classic jazz, including a great take on the Wayne Shorter title tune, she brilliantly gives us an entire CD of Brazilian MBP (Música Popular Brasileira), delivering wonderful renditions of major and minor Brazilian classics sung in both languages. It's fitting that the songs of 'Tom' Jobim and super-diva Elis Regina are major parts of this CD, as well as a slice of Stan Getz-Joao Gilberto, who jump-started the U.S Brazilian craze in the 60s, and the famed composer Edu Lobo, among others.

The 'best of the best' begins with a stunningly beautiful "Correnteza" (Rapids) showing off Jobim's characteristic 'in and out of tempo' movements with Ms Allyson's voice a combination of vulnerability, sensitivity, and sensuality: precisely what is needed with these songs. And it went straight to my iPod. Then there is the title song cast as a wonderful waltz. "Só Tinha Que Ser Com Você" (It Had To Be With You) & "Estrada do Sol" (Path of the Sun) follow Elis Regina's trajectory accurately and each song comes up a winner, as is the case with "Pra Dizer Adeus" (Time To Say Goodbye) by another legendary Brazilian maestro, Edu Lobo. "Desafinado" (Slightly Out of Tune) is pure joy with its English lyrics and odd-meter breaks giving it distinction, as is "Double Rainbow" (aka Raining On The Rosebush). Just wonderful singing!! "Vivo Sohando" (LIving On Dreams, aka Dreamer) is pure swinging beauty, aided by the vocal/guitar doubling and a great David Finck bass solo. A couple of the English-driven lyrics take us away from Brazil, but not for long. "É Com Esse Que Eu Vou" (I'll Go with This One) is another Regina song and Karrin invests a lot of herself to create a different vibe. Incidentlally, on From Paris to Rio also shows her affinity for singing in dead-on French as well as Portuguese. Karrin Allyson is an amazing singer who has delivered a very singular and enjoyable CD which goes for the heart of Brazil. Highly Recommended! I'll be recommending it to my friends in Brazil, it's THAT good, IMHO. Four and a half WONDERFUL Stars.
(*This review is based on an mp3 download.
* I did send a copy of this CD to a wonderful singer/musician friend in northern Brazil who does some of my song title translations. He says "Karrin has a nice Portuguese pronunciation, still full of accent, but it's charming!!! She has an accent similar to the people of Rio de Janeiro...I just loved it". Kudos to her Portuguese coach.)
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