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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
Bossa Nova U.S.A. + 7 bonus tracks
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on 22 March 2013
This album is a reissue of a recording made by the Classic Brubeck Quartet during the bossa nova craze in the US. After reading the album notes, written by Dave Brubeck himself, you perceive there was commercial pressure from their label to produce something under this Bossa Nova euphoria. Even their producer Teo Macero provided a composition for the purpose. However, appart from some tracks entitled with Brazilian references, this album is not simply a commercial project, but a properly jazz album with only some bossa signs. The albums is terrific by many reasons. First, you have the seminal quartet with Brubeck, Desmond, Wright and Morello. Second, must tracks were not available on CD before. Third, the sound is great. Amazon is getting used to the terrible habit of not listing tracks of the album. You may get the tracks following this link: [...] As you may see if you are a Brubeck's collector, with the exception of the title track, they are unpublished in CD format. The title track and Vento Fresco are spring breeze, with a superb Desmond in both of them. The album does not have the singularities and risks taken in Time Out or Time Further Out and may not be the best album in the Brubeck catalogue, but that makes it accesible and keeps the high quality standard Brubeck and his classic quartet always exposed. It is a very good album and not just for completists. I must highlight it definitely lacks a Brazilian taste, so if you want real bossa and jazz, ypu may go to Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto and Astrud Gilberto, or even Dizzy Gillespie. This album is essentially an American jazz album, with some references to the Brazilian craze of bossa nova just to raise sales.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 14 July 2015
‘Bossa Nova USA’ hails from 1962 but sounds as cool and fresh as if recorded yesterday. It is really a collection of mostly Brubeck originals given the Bossa treatment, and taken as such it’s a hugely enjoyable exercise. Fans of Brubeck who aren’t aware of this offering from 1962 should get this album without delay. Those who only know the Quartet from albums such as ‘Time Out’ should overcome their hesitancy in similar fashion, you’ll be grateful for my advice and that of other fellow Amazon reviewers.

For me the DBQ was all about swinging, catchy melodies and an understated sophistication that hinted at mastery beyond just playing the right notes. Paul Desmond, alto saxophonist beyond doubt was the secret weapon of the group. His solos are models of crisply executed, flowingly melodic statements that always add to the music. No wasted notes, no honking or speedy runs, just thoughtfully conceived music that caresses the ears and rouses the heart. But take the group as a whole, and what you have a musically intelligent combo that knows how to swing and when to lay back. That’s why when you want to hear some ear friendly jazz, the DBQ is a natural port in which to drop anchor.
I am finding it hard to restrain my enthusiasm for this set. Cool sleeve art, great remastered sound, informative notes and of course some top rate mellow jazz, what’s to fault?

Top tracks? ‘The Trolley Song’ – catchy melody, and the superb ‘The Most Beautiful Girl in the World’ featuring some lovely solo work from Brubeck and Desmond. No clinkers, all great stuff. Recommended.
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on 2 May 2013
As with any DB album, this is wonderful. Dave, Paul Joe and Gene all on top form and the latin feel gives it a difference.
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on 12 January 2013
cd arrived on time condition was excellent i am a great fan of brubeck music is superb well worth the money even for just the bonus tracks alone.
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on 26 November 2015
Fantastic!
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on 20 March 2013
Standard tracks here but what makes it a collector's item are the bonus tracks and variations on old familiars. Will Brubeck's reputation endure following his recent death? I'm not as convinced as I was but I am still a great fan.
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on 3 February 2013
I completely love this CD. !!!! .
I would gladly recommend this CD to anyone.
I even recommended it to someone who isn't a jazz fan. !!!!
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