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  • The Girl From Bossa Nova The Girl From Bossa Nova Quick View

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    The Girl From Bossa Nova

    Jacintha picks up the tempo in her first bossa nova session. Featuring a program of some of the most well known classics of the genre including several Jobim favorites like So Nice, Desafinado, Dindi, Corcovado, as well as less familiar tunes like O Ganso and So Danco Samba, The Girl From Bossa Nova is a striking change of pace for Jacintha that will enthrall all of her fans. With superb solos from tenor Harry Allen and acoustic guitar from John Pisano (ex-Diane Krall), the album is given the supreme finishing touch by the magical playing of Brazilian master percussionist P. D Costa who's recorded and performed with all the legends - Jobim, J Gilberto, Gilberto Gil, Astrid etc. His contribution truly gives the entire album it's authentic bossa nova vibe. And yes, there are a couple of classic Jacintha ballads done bossa style -- This Masquerade and Dindi. A must buy for Jacintha fans and all bossa nova lovers.
    1. O Ganso
    2. So Danco Samba

    3. Dindi

    4. Once I Loved

    5. Desafinado

    6. So Nice

    7. Wave

    8. How Insensitive

    9. Corcovado

    10.Waters Of March
    Jacintha
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  • Bossa Nova Soul Samba Bossa Nova Soul Samba Quick View

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    Bossa Nova Soul Samba

    Blue Note Reissue


    As much as I'd love to relay all kinds of anecdotes about the challenges Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray encounter during the mastering sessions, I witness none. These boys know the sound of the facility and the Van Gelder masters like the backs of their handsBack home a month later, I unpack some test pressings Chad Kassem has sent meI hear the most realistic-sounding drums ever reproduced by my system. It's as though I'm sitting at the point of creation, experiencing the same high that brought such gifted musicians together as one. Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray, Chad Kassem, and Don MacInnis have done Rudy Van Gelder and his Blue Note artists proud. Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile, April 2008


    This program of sultry, minor key music with a Brazilian tinge seems inspired by Ike Quebec, who was suffering from advanced cancer that would claim his life three months later. But here is big-toned, impassioned tenor is in tact. Quebec's take on the bossa nova craze that explored that year (1962) is more muscular than Stan Getz's and doesn't rely on the familiar Jobim and Gilberto songs of the day. He and Kenny Burrell solo on the sly, subtle rhythms of Wendell Marshall, Willie Bobo and Garvin Masseaux.

    Loie
    Lloro Tu Despedida
    Goin' Home
    Me 'N You
    Liebestraum
    Shu Shu
    Blue Samba
    Favela
    Linda Flor
    Ike Quebec
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  • The Latin Bit (Awaiting Repress) The Latin Bit (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    The Latin Bit (Awaiting Repress)

    Grant Green, being known mainly as a soul-jazz guitarist, eventually gravitated into the popular boogaloo sound, a derivation of Latin music. The Latin Bit is the natural bridge to that next phase, though a bit premature for most in 1961-1963, even relative to the subsequent bossa nova craze.
    1. MAMBO INN
    2. BESAME MUCHO
    3. MAMA INEZ
    4. BRAZIL
    5. TICO TICO
    6. MY LITTLE SUEDE SHOES
    Grant Green
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  • Composer of Desafinado, Plays Composer of Desafinado, Plays Quick View

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    Composer of Desafinado, Plays

    Antonio Carlos Jobim, Brazilian composer of such popular songs at Desafinado and The Girl From Ipanema, derived his unmistakable songwriting style from a very personal sense of melody and harmony, the magnificent songwriting traditions of Brazil, the rhythm of the samba, and American jazz. The Composer of Desafinado, Plays was the LP Jobim created when the bossa nova wave hit the US. It showcases his own piano with string accompaniment (with results far different from the bossa nova efforts of Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto, et al). Remastered, Jobim's greatest songs are now in their best sound.


    This record offers instrumental interpretations of some of Jobim's most famous compositions from the salad days of the early '60s Bossa Nova craze. It's also one of the earliest examples of Jobim's long-standing and fruitful collaboration with arranger Claus Ogerman. Trademarks like Jobim's single-note piano style, the accompanying flute melodies and Ogerman's arranging techniques (unison string parts, the bass clarinet underpinnings in How Insensitive) would decorate Jobim's music for the next two decades. Similarly representative are the authentic Bossa Nova guitar and drums, subtle variations of which occur on each tune. Throughout the recording, Jobim's songs are powerful enough for the melodies to stand up even sans lyrics.


    Personnel includes: Antonio Carlos Jobim (piano, guitar); Claus Ogerman (arranger); Jimmy Cleveland (trombone); Leo Wright (flute); George Duvivier (bass).


    Producer: Creed Taylor.


    Reissue producer: Michael Lang.

    Side 1
    1 The Girl From Ipanema

    2 Once I Loved

    3 Agua De Beber

    4 Vivo Sohando (Dreamer)
    5 O Morro Nao Tem Vez

    6 Insensatez (How Insensitive)


    Side 2
    1 Corcovado

    2 Samba De Uma Nota Só (One Note Samba)

    3 Meditation

    4 So Danco Samba (Jazz Samba)

    5 Chega De Saudade

    6 Desafinado

    Antonio Carlos Jobim
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  • Big Band Bossa Nova Big Band Bossa Nova Quick View

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    Big Band Bossa Nova

    A byproduct of the bossa nova fad that followed the success of Desafinado (and preceded the famous recording Getz/Gilberto), this set finds Quincy Jones utilizing and exploiting bossa nova rhythms in his arrangements for a big band. The personnel includes flÜgelhornist Clark Terry, altoist Phil Woods, pianist Lalo Schifrin, guitarist Jim Hall, and (on Soul Bossa Nova) the remarkable Rahsaan Roland Kirk. However, since the selections are all quite brief, and some of the charts are a bit cheesy and inappropriate for the gentle rhythms, this disc (although pleasant enough) is of lesser interest.

    -All Music Guide
    1. Soul Bossa Nova
    2. Boogie Bossa Nova
    3. Desafinado
    4. Manha De Carnival
    5. Se E Tarde Me Perdoa
    6. On The Street
    7. Una Nota Samba
    8. Lalo Bossa Nova
    9. Serenata
    10. Chega De Saudade (No More Blues)
    11. A Taste of Honey*


    *Bonus Track

    Quincy Jones
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  • I Go Back Home I Go Back Home Quick View

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    I Go Back Home

    When Jimmy Scott died in 2014, dozens of musicians, hundreds of journalists and thousands of fans mourned the passing of a jazz legend. Not only had a link back to the era of Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker and Lionel Hampton been lost, but so had the chance to bring the fame and respect denied to him throughout his long and rich life.


    Now, as if sent from some righteous deity, comes I Go Back Home, an album full of life recorded by Jimmy Scott years before his death. Created by German producer Ralf Kemper, Jimmy Scott and with mixes produced by Phil Ramone, no expense was spared in giving Scott the lushest musical backdrops possible, creating an album that, like Scott's inimitable vocal style, comes late but but right on time.


    I Go Back Home manages to replicate that using the finest arrangers writing for the most experienced players, mixed by the most intuitive engineers in the the best studios available. Scott revisited his favourite songs, into which he invested his lived experience, letting the listener feel the story known by far too few.


    The creation of I Go Back Home was the subject of an acclaimed documentary of the same name. It depicts producer Ralf Kemper's drive to work with Jimmy and provide him with the best album he can. The film captures the challenges and sacrifices that lead up to the recording sessions, a document that makes I Go Back Home an even richer record.


    Hounding Jimmy Scott through the most of his recording career was an oppressive recording contract that prevented him from releasing albums. It wasn't until 1992 that Jimmy, aged 63, recorded the first album over which he had creative control, All The Way. Nominated for a Grammy and finally bringing him to the attention of an audience that wasn't entirely comprised of jazz fans and a few lucky passers-by, Scott began touring and regularly releasing albums. It's not until I Go Back Home that Scott was given the budget that allowed him unfettered control over song selection, personnel and orchestration.


    As the album progresses, each song sees another musician or singer join Scott for a fresh interpretation of a beloved song. Long-time collaborators such as Kenny Barron and Joe Pesci, or new, such as actress and singer Reneè Olstead, trumpeter Till Brönner and harmonica player Gregoire Maret. All give Scott the room he needs to slide between phrases, telling his story and living out the world of each song.


    As Jimmy explained: "The lyric is so important to me. I feel if you're singing a song or telling the story in a song it should mean something. That's why I protect what I have in it, because that's where I believe it should go. It should mean something. It should make sense."


    Dave Nathan wrote on AllMusic that Scott's phrasing moves "beyond mere poignancy and close to reverence". This is truer than ever on I Go Back Home. Scott shifts from speak-singing in album-opener (Sometimes I Feel Like a) Motherless Child to lively bossa nova take on I Remember You to full-throated commitment on If I Ever Lost You.


    Expertly interplaying with top tier collaborators I Go Back Home is ultimately a record of collaboration and companionship, and the sound of a singer going out on top. Scott commemorates his highest points, and spars with fresh new talent in a way that suggests that he would have had great albums in him yet. And while we can mourn the decades he didn't record, the tragedies and injustices that never defeated him, I Go Back Home succeeds in capturing the essence of a life that was ultimately triumphant.

    LP 1
    1. Motherless Child FEATURING JOEY DE FRANCESCO
    2. The Nearness of You DUET WITH JOE PESCI
    3. Love Letters
    4. Easy Living DUET WITH OSCAR CASTRO NEVES
    5. Someone To Watch Over Me FEATURING RENEE OLSTEAD
    6. How Deep Is The Ocean FEATURING KENNY BARRON


    LP 2
    1. If I Ever Lost You FEATURING TILL BRÖNNER
    2. For Once In My Life DUET WITH DEE DEE BRIDEWATER
    3. I Remember You FEATURING MONICA MANCINI & ARTURO SANDOVAL
    4. Everybody Is Somebody's Fool FEATURING JAMES MOODY
    5. Folks Who Live On The Hill FEATURING JOE PESCI
    6. Poor Butterfly FEATURING GREGOIRE MARET

    Jimmy Scott
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  • I Left My Heart In San Francisco (On Sale) I Left My Heart In San Francisco (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    I Left My Heart In San Francisco (On Sale)

    Can there really be a definitive album from a singer whose voice is one of the most immediately recognized and internationally cherished, and whose command of songs is akin to the manner in which an able-bodied masseuse handles delicate muscle tissues? If so, then I Left My Heart In San Francisco is that record, the 1962 effort a turning point for the great Tony Bennett and an all-time pop standard. Winner of two Grammy Awards, the record contains Bennetts signature track as well as eleven other indelible classics.



    Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelitys numbered limited-edition 180g LP presents Bennett in the finest sound hes ever enjoyed. Amazingly, this landmark recording has lavished in the vaults over the years and longed for the restoration that meticulous engineering can bring. Gone is the veiled haze that hung over the orchestrations, artificial ceiling that held back the highs, and cloudiness that obscured the entire range of Bennetts vocals. Previously unheard levels of warmth, expressiveness, and detailing are just some of the hallmarks of this terrific audiophile delight.



    At the time of the albums sessions, Bennett found himself caught between the need to sing thin uptempo numbers in order to appease the marketplace and the desire to move beyond the jazzier material he tackled in the late 50s. Unwilling to compromise his will to sing ballads and swing, Bennett, along with producer Ernest Altschuler and arranger/pianist Ralph Sharon, found the perfect combination on I Left My Heart In San Francisco, replete with expansive orchestration, period echo, anthemic ballads, and lush pop arrangements that still leave plenty of room for intimacy and delicacy.



    Theres little left to say about the timeless title track, amidst the most definitive songs ever recorded. Similarly, the closing The Best Is Yet to Come ranks equally high, with Bennetts rendition coming a full two years before Frank Sinatras version. Its no wonder why The Voice deemed Bennett his favorite singer. The proof is everywhere, whether on the brassy Rules of the Road, big-band bossa nova send-up of Cole Porters Love for Sale, tender Have I Told You Lately?, or the white-gloves treatment of the Broadway tune Once Upon a Time. Bennetts charismatic personality and refined singing ring true throughout, his burnished baritone as clear as spring water.



    Now, hear this triumphant performance as if Bennett is singing to you on a private stage. Witness every breath, and experience the thrill of the singer holding a note for what seems like eternity on I'm Always Chasing Rainbows without flinching. Seldom, if ever, has a vocalists singing sounded so effortlessly natural and innate. Mobile Fidelitys 180g LP is simply unmatched in terms of sonics, spaciousness, and sensation.



    One of the five-best vocal albums ever made. Order your collectors copy today!


    This title is not eligible for further discount.

    1. I Left My Heart in San Francisco
    2. Once Upon a Time
    3. Tender Is the Night
    4. Smile
    5. Love for Sale
    6. Taking a Chance on Love
    7. Candy Kisses
    8. Have I Told You Lately?
    9. Rules of the Road
    10. Marry Young
    11. I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
    12. The Best Is Yet to Come
    Tony Bennett
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  • Bossa Nova and Blues Bossa Nova and Blues Quick View

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    Bossa Nova and Blues


    This Sundazed Mono Edition Reproduces The Original Artwork And Presents The Original 12-Song LP On 180 Gram Vinyl Mastered From The Original Analog Reels And Pressed At Record Technology Inc.


    One of the Three Kings of blues guitar along with B.B. and Albert, Texas-born Freddy (Freddie) King influenced everyone from Eric Clapton and Peter Green in the UK to Jerry Garcia and Stevie Ray Vaughan in the States. But even his staying up all night playing poker with Grand Funk wasn't enough to prevent his seminal King/Federal albums from staying out of print on vinyl for decades - until Sundazed came to the rescue. The reissue campaign that began with meticulously mastered editions of King classics Let's Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King, Freddy King Gives You a Bonanza of Instrumentals, and Freddy King Goes Surfin' continues with his rare 1963 offering, Bossa Nova and Blues. In the tradition of his surfing album, which wasn't really surf, Bossa Nova and Blues had no bossa nova - but the advertising was at least half true, and hey, there were two cuts that had "bossa nova" in the title. Though King was best known for blues instrumentals, "Bossa Nova Blues" and "The Bossa Nova Watusi Twist" (dig the dance craze threesome) were actually the only two instrumentals on an album otherwise dedicated to bluesy ballads. But of course, Freddie made it work - churning out bonafide classics like the karmic "Someday, After A While (You'll Be Sorry)" (later covered by John Mayall and the Blues Breakers on A Hard Road, also reissued on Sundazed mono LP), the emotive "The Welfare (Turns Its Back on You)," the soulful "It Hurts to Be In Love," and the more uptempo, New Orleans-flavored "You're Barkin' Up the Wrong Tree."

    1. (I'd Love To) Make Love To You
    2. You're Barkin' Up The Wrong Tree
    3. Look Ma, I'm Cryin'
    4. It Hurts To Be In Love
    5. You Walked In
    6. The Bossa Nova Watusi Twist
    7. Is My Baby Mad At Me
    8. Someday, After A While (You'll Be Sorry)
    9. One Hundred Years
    10. Bossa Nova Blues
    11. The Welfare (Turns Its Back on You)
    12. Walk Down That Aisle (Honey Chile)
    Freddy King
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    Absence

    The Absence is the exotic third full-length from Grammy-nominated American singer/musician Melody Gardot and follow-up to 2009's critically acclaimed My One And Only Thrill.


    Produced by composer and world-class session guitarist Heitor Pereira and inspired by Gardot's world travels, the all-star cast of collaborators here is rounded out in style by the likes of bassist John Leftwich, percussionist Paulihno DaCosta and drummers Jim Kelter and Peter Erskine.


    The stunning 11-track affair features songs that directly reflect the varied cultures she visited as employed to great effect on highlights like the bossa nova accented lead track Mira, the Gershwin-esque So We Meet Again My Heartache, the tango inflected Goodbye and the bluesy single Amalia.

    1. Mira
    2. Amalia
    3. So Long
    4. So We Meet Again My Heartache
    5. Lisboa
    6. Impossible Love
    7. If I Tell You I Love You I'm Lying
    8. Goodbye
    9. Se Voce Me Ama
    10. My Heart Won't Have It Any Other Way
    11. Yemanja
    Melody Gardot
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  • Desmond Blue (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) Desmond Blue (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Desmond Blue (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress)

    As intended, this album presents alto sax specialist Paul Desmond as never featured before, with the backing of a string orchestra. The record, filled with such beautiful jazz standards as My Funny Valentine, I've Got You Under My Skin, and Body and Soul, is very rich in texture, yet subtle and mellow overall in mood. It's unyielding purpose: to soothe the souls of its listeners. Desmond's style and tone shine with an alluring quality, and the record is filled with melodies that don't fail to stimulate the sophisticated jazz listener. Desmond's melodies are eloquently detailed and charmingly spun in the midst of the string orchestra arranged and conducted by Bob Prince. The legendary Jim Hall is featured as guest guitarist, playing yet another scintillating role and using his classic comping style. Hall is perhaps the most highly respected of all jazz guitarists for his good taste and witty inventiveness. Desmond has always been most familiar to the jazz public for his sweeping scale passages and his seemingly effortless spontaneity during periods of improvisation, although here he is often featured in a more lyrical ballad style on such romantic tunes as My Funny Valentine, Late Lament, and Then I'll Be Tired of You. This album is a highly innovative and meticulously crafted work, reflecting the ongoing success of both Desmond and Hall within the 1960s and the cool jazz period. Both of these musicians spent time working with Dave Brubeck and later lent themselves to many of Antonio Carlos Jobim's bossa nova projects. The arrangements are extraordinary throughout this collection, including the charming Valentine, which begins with a fantastic Elizabethan flavor. The intro sets up the mood to carry Desmond into the first chorus, which then glides into a 20th century style. The tune I Should Care is »a shimmering debt to Ibert and one of the most imaginative blendings you will ever hear of strings, reeds, French horn and harp,« according to the liner notes. The tone of the album: lush, reflective, thought-provoking, and soul-stirring. This work is quite a plus for any listener and especially those who consider themselves avid fans of Paul Desmond.



    Musicians:



    • Paul Desmond (saxophone)

    • Jim Hall (guitar)

    • Bob Prince (arranger, conductor & strings)



    Recording: 1962 at Webster Hall, New York City, by Ray Hall

    Production: George Aviakan



    Format: 2LPs 33rpm / gatefold sleeve



    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. My Funny Valentine
    2. Desmond Blue
    3. Then I'll Be Tired of You
    4. I've Got You Under My Skin
    5. Late Lament
    6. I Should Care
    7. Like Someone In Love
    8. Ill Wind
    9. Body and Soul
    Paul Desmond
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  • Mirror Conspiracy Mirror Conspiracy Quick View

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    Mirror Conspiracy

    This highly anticipated follow up to Sounds From the Thievery Hi-fi left both critics and audiophiles delighted with Thievery Corporation's expert treatment
    of bossa nova, dub, and downtempo. Featuring lush vocals by Bebel Gilberto, Pam Bricker, Lou Lou, and See-I, The Mirror Conspiracy is a fantastic
    statement from ESL Music.


    " their remix work since then has since established them as leaders of the pack. And true to its name, the Corporation surreptitiously lays down
    overdubs of keyboards, congas, and percussive instruments to piece together a darkly beautiful piece of music in The Mirror Conspiracy." - Wall of Sound


    "The only thing snappier than Rob Garza and Eric Hilton's Armani suits and Bruno Magli shoes is the suave, downbeat dance tracks the Washington D.C.
    duo creates as Thievery Corporation. The pair's top-shelf aural cocktails, which involve a smooth mixture of dub reggae, trip-hop, acid jazz and Middle
    Eastern musics, have been fueling the fires of backroom lounges and dimly lit bedrooms since the pair's first singles emerged in 1996. The Mirror
    Conspiracy, TC's long-awaited sophomore album, raises the temperature of the mix by melding the synthetic serenity of lush keyboards with the warm
    hues of live strings, brass, percussion and the pipes of a host of vocalists " - CMJ

    1. Treasures
    2. Le Monde
    3. Indra
    4. Lebanese Blonde
    5. Focus on Sight
    6. Air Batucada
    7. Só com você
    8. Samba Tranquille
    9. Shadows of Ourselves
    10. The Hong Kong Triad
    11. Illumination
    12. The Mirror Conspiracy
    13. Tomorrow
    14. Bario Alto
    15. Guide for I and I
    Thievery Corporation
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  • Ao Vivo (Pure Pleasure) Ao Vivo (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Ao Vivo (Pure Pleasure)

    Marcos Valle celebrates his 50th career anniversary as a songwriter, arranger, instrumentalist and singer with Stacey Kent's sweet American voice. Recorded at Miranda, in Rio de Janeiro, the performances here also have the special participation of Jim Tomlinson on saxophone. Each track on this LP presents an aspect of Marcos Valle's various musical facets, mixing genres and rhythms, placing Pop, Jazz, Bossa Nova, World Music, and MPB music side by side. Stacey Kent, one of the most prominent jazz singers in the world, lends her voice to songs like "Summer Samba (Samba de Vero)", "If You Went Away (Preciso Aprender a Ser Só)", "The Face I Love (Seu Encanto)", "Look Who's Mine (Dia de Vitória)" and many other of Marcos' classics. Highly recommended.



    Musicians:



    • Marcos Valle (vocals, piano)

    • Stacey Kent (vocals)

    • JessÉ Sadoc (trumpet, fluegel horn)

    • Marcelo Martins (saxophone, flute)

    • Jim Tomlinson (saxophone)

    • Aldivas Ayres (trombone)

    • Luiz Brasil (guitar)

    • Alberto Continentino (bass)

    • Renato 'Massa' Calmon (drums)



    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    LP1
    1. The White Puma (Puma Branco)
    2. Look Who's Mine (Dia de Victoria)
    3. The Face I Love (Seu Encanto)
    4. The Answer (A Resposta)
    5. Drift Away
    6. Summer Samba (Samba de Verao)
    7. Gente
    8. Passa por Mim


    LP2
    1. Batucada Surgiu
    2. La Petite Valse
    3. If You Went Away (Preciso Aprender a Ser So)
    4. Pigmaliao
    5. The Crickets (Os Grilos)
    6. She Told Me, She Told Me (Sonho de Lugar)
    7. My Nightmare

    Marcos Valle & Stacey Kent
    $49.99
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  • Bossa Nova U.S.A. Bossa Nova U.S.A. Quick View

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    Bossa Nova U.S.A.

    With the popularization of bossa nova in the early '60s, practically every recording artist had to have at least one bossa nova album. This effort by the Dave Brubeck Quartet is better than most due to the high quality of the compositions, of which the title cut is best-known. The date's two standards (This Can't Be Love and Trolley Song) also fare well on this upbeat session.

    -All Music Guide
    1. Bossa Nova USA
    2. Vento Fresco
    3. Trolley Song
    4. Theme For June
    5. Coracao Sesivel (Tender Heart)
    6. Irmao Amigo (Brother Friend)
    7. There'll Be No Tomorrow
    8. Cantiga Nova Swing
    9. Lamento
    10. This Can't Be Love
    11. Fatha*


    *Bonus Track

    Dave Brubeck
    $27.99
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  • Jazz Samba Jazz Samba Quick View

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    Jazz Samba

    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound


    The words bossa nova are often synonymous with the name Stan Getz. But North Americans might not have ever known the bright sound of bossa nova had it not been for Charlie Byrd. In 1961 Byrd returned from a tour of South America, where bossa nova music was thriving. The style was the invention of singer Joao Gilberto and songwriter Antonio Carlos Jobim - an adaptation of infectious Brazilian samba rhythms with the harmonic structures and cool surface of West Coast jazz. Byrd brought back records for Getz to hear, they planned a session, and the result was Jazz Samba - the first album of true bossa nova music by jazz artists and the one that broke the bossa nova wave in 1960s America.


    ...these are all truly classic Verve titles that you simply don't want to miss...most importantly, the sound of these reissues is nothing short of astounding. Particularly the early Billie and Ella mono records are incredible treasures of sonic beauty. I'd definitely ask Santa for the whole set, or, if you want to cherry pick, the most classic titles. Whatever you decide, you owe yourself at least a half dozen! Winner of a 2012 Positive Feedback Online Writers' Choice Award - Danny Kaey, Positive Feedback Online, November/December 2011


    Originally released in 1962.


    Stan Getz, tenor saxophone

    Charlie Byrd, guitar

    Keter Betts, bass

    Gene Byrd, bass, guitar

    Buddy Deppenschmidt, drums

    Antonio Carlos Jobim, guitar

    Bill Reichenbach, drums

    1. Desafinado
    2. Samba Dees Days
    3. O Pato
    4. Samba Triste
    5. Samba de Uma Nota So
    6. E Luxo S6
    7. Behia (aka Baia)
    8. Desafinado
    Stan Getz
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    Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection

    Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection, an innovative new collection of 12 beloved vocal recordings re-experienced through new samba and bossa nova arrangements created by iconic Brazilian musicians and The Berman Brothers.


    Embracing the All In One Rhythm™ Theme of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection blends 12 iconic performances--from Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, Sly & The Family Stone, The Isley Brothers, Mel TormÉ, Nina Simone, Johnny Nash, Dave Brubeck with Carmen McRae, Andy Williams and Sarah Vaughan--with new, samba and bossa nova arrangements and production inspired by the spirit of Brazilian music.


    Working on Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection project, the Berman Brothers sought out the original multi-track masters and utilized an all-new, state-of-the-art separation technology from Science of Sounds to extract exquisitely pristine and detailed vocals. The newly isolated vocals were then melded with brand-new, authentic backing arrangements played by Studio Rio, an all-star cast of Brazilian musical pioneers from the bossa nova and samba genres, including Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Roberto Menescal and Brazilian musical legend Marcos Valle.


    Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection is the latest innovative musical project from the Berman Brothers (Frank and Christian), a production team whose previous work includes Rhythms Del Mundo (2006), a cross-cultural album summit which which fused an all-star cast of Cuban musicians including Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo of the Buena Vista Social Club with US and UK artists and superstars such as U2, Coldplay, Sting, Jack Johnson, Maroon5, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs and others. Rhythms del Mundo was released in more than 61 countries and received multiple sales awards worldwide.


    During the past 20 years, the Berman Brothers have received more than 90 gold and platinum awards, two BMI Awards, a Golden Globe nomination, a Grammy nomination (for Love One Another, recorded by Cher) and a place in history for their production and remix of the Baha Men's colossal hit, Who Let the Dogs Out. As producers, writers and publishers, the Bermans have worked with an array of international superstars including Coldplay, Sting, Cher, Real McCoy, Dido, Maroon5, Sophie B Hawkins, Reamonn and members of the legendary Buena Vista Social Club.


    Music is the heart and soul of Brazil, celebrating with syncopated beats and beautifully expressive melodies. It's the life force of the entire culture, wrote the Berman Brothers in their notes for Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection. We have always had a huge appreciation of Brazilian music. Between us, we have a massive collection of bossa nova and samba recordings, new and old, a lot which we found in flea markets in Amsterdam, Paris, and London.... Once you get into this music, there really is no way to stop. It was this joyful and timeless music that inspired the idea for this collection. Our goal was to bring the Brazilian joie de vivre to iconic performances by well-known American artists like Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers, and many others. What would these classic songs sound like had they been recorded in the studios of Rio De Janeiro in the first place, with the best Brazilian musicians and arrangers?"


    "It was an amazing journey-bringing together these American classics and the vibrancy of Brazilian music with the help of so many talented musicians, arrangers and a dedicated production team. We learned many things putting together this music including what was the most important, and least surprising lesson of all: Brazil is the most musical place we have ever been in our lives.

    1. Lovely Day (Studio Rio Version) - Bill Withers with Studio Rio
    2. Walk on By (Studio Rio Version) - Aretha Franklin with Studio Rio
    3. Sexual Healing (Studio Rio Version) - Marvin Gaye with Studio Rio
    4. You've Changed (Rio Music Collective Version) - Billie Holiday with Studio Rio
    5. Family Affair (Rio Music Collective Version) - Sly & The Family Stone with Studio Rio
    6. It's Your Thing (Rio Music Collective Version) - The Isley Brothers with Studio Rio
    7. I've Got You Under My Skin (Studio Rio Version) - Mel TormÉ witb Studio Rio
    8. I Can See Clearly Now (Studio Rio Version) - Johnny Nash with Studio Rio
    9. Take Five (Studio Rio Version) - Dave Brubeck & Carmen McRae with Studio Rio
    10. Music to Watch Girls By (Studio Rio Version) - Andy Williams with Studio Rio
    11. Summertime (Studio Rio Version) - Sarah Vaughan with Studio Rio
    Studio Rio
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    Sounds From The Thievery Hi-Fi

    LP reissue of the 1997 classic debut album. When they met in the mid-1990s, Thievery Corporation's Eric Hilton and Rob Garza instantly bonded over their shared passion for bossa nova. Dedicating
    their 1996 debut Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi to bossa nova pioneer Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Washington, D.C.-based duo have spent nearly two
    decades creating boundary-warping, complexly crafted electronic music partly inspired by bossa nova's intricate rhythms and lush textures.
    1. A Warning (Dub)
    2. 2001 Spliff Odyssey
    3. Shaolin Satellite
    4. Transcendence
    5. Universal Highness
    6. Incident at Gate 7
    7. Scene at the Open Air Market
    8. The Glass Bead Game
    9. Encounter in Bahia
    10. The Foundation
    11. Interlude
    12. The Oscillator
    13. Assault on Babylon
    14. .38.45 (A Thievery Number)
    15. One
    16. Sun, Moon & Stars
    17. The Sleeper Car
    Thievery Corporation
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    Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim

    Frank Sinatra recorded this Bossa Nova album with the master, Carlos Jobim. Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio
    Carlos Jobim sees Sinatra performing originals by Jobim, plus three American standards. In celebration of this
    classic album's 50th anniversary, the tracks have been remastered and now appears on 180 gram heavyweight
    vinyl.
    1. The Girl from Ipanema
    2. Dindi
    3. Change Partners
    4. Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)
    5. Meditation (Meditaçao)
    6. If You Never Come to Me
    7. How Insensitive (Insensatez)
    8. I Concentrate on You
    9. Baubles, Bangles and Beads
    10. Once I Loved (O Amor em Paz)
    Frank Sinatra
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    Caetano Veloso

    Includes CD


    Originally released in 1968, Caetano Veloso is the Brazilian classic from the bossa nova master that spawned the entire tropicalia movement. The release finds Veloso brilliantly combining Brazilian bossa with pop, psychedelic rock and political themes to create the mind blowing stew that is tropicalia. Features the classic tracks Clarice, Soy Loco Por Tí, AmÉrica, Superbacana, Tropicália, and Alegria, Alegria.

    1. Tropicalia

    2. Clarice
    3. No Dia Que Eu Vim-Me Embora
    4. Alegria, Alegria
    5. Onde Andaras
    6. Anuncicao
    7. Superbacana
    8. Paisagem Util
    9. Clara
    10. Soy Loco Por Ti, America
    11. Ave-Maria
    12. Eles
    Caetano Veloso
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    Bossa Nova Bacchanal (Awaiting Repress)

    Featuring:

    Charlie Rouse-- tenor sax

    Kenny Burrell-- guitar

    Chauncey Lord Westbrook-- guitar

    Lawrence Gales-- bass

    Willie Bobo-- drums

    Potato Valdez-- conga

    Garvin Masseaux-- chekere


     


    This 1962 date by tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse celebrates a grander and funkier scale of what Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd did earlier in 1962 with the bossa nova. Unlike Getz, Rouse didn't feel he needed to be a purist about it, and welcomed all sorts of Afro-Caribbean variations into his music. His choice of bandmates reflects that: a three-piece percussion section with drummer Willie Bobo, conguero Carlos "Patato" Valdes, and Garvin Masseaux on chekere (a beaded percussion instrument that is played by being shaken).

    Back To The Tropics

    Aconteceu

    Velhos Tempos

    Samba De Orfeu

    Un Dia

    Meci Bon Dieu

    In Martinique

    Charlie Rouse
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    Jazz Samba

    Partly because of its Brazilian collaborators and partly because of The Girl From Ipanema, Getz/Gilberto is nearly always acknowledged as the Stan Getz bossa nova LP. But Jazz Samba is just as crucial and groundbreaking; after all, it came first, and in fact was the first full-fledged bossa nova album ever recorded by American jazz musicians. And it was just as commercially successful, topping the LP charts and producing its own pop chart hit single in Desafinado. It was the true beginning of the bossa nova craze, and introduced several standards of the genre (including Ary Barroso's Bahia and Antonio Carlos Jobim's Desafinado and Samba de Uma Nota Só [aka One Note Samba]). But above all, Jazz Samba stands on its own artistic merit as a shimmering, graceful collection that's as subtly advanced -- in harmony and rhythm -- as it is beautiful. Getz and his co-billed partner, guitarist Charlie Byrd -- who was actually responsible for bringing bossa nova records to the U.S. and introducing Getz to the style -- have the perfect touch for bossa nova's delicate, airy texture. For his part, Byrd was one of the first American musicians to master bossa nova's difficult, bubbling syncopations, and his solos are light and lilting. Meanwhile, Getz's playing is superb, simultaneously offering a warm, full tone and a cool control of dynamics; plus, Byrd's gently off-kilter harmonies seem to stimulate Getz's melodic inventiveness even more than usual. But beyond technique, Getz intuitively understands the romanticism and the undercurrent of melancholy inherent in the music, and that's what really made Jazz Samba such a revelatory classic. Absolutely essential for any jazz collection.

    -All Music Guide
    1. Desafinado
    2. Samba Dees Days
    3. O Pato
    4. Samba Triste
    5. Samba de Uma Nota So
    6. E Luxo So
    7. Baia (A.K.A. Baia)
    8. Samba De Uma Nota So (Big Bang Version)*


    *Bonus Track

    Stan Getz
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    Jazz Samba & Big Band Bossa Nova

    2 LP-set from Vinyl Passion collecting Stan Getz's two 1962 bossa nova classics, "Jazz Samba" with Charlie Byrd and "Big Band Bossa Nova".


    "Jazz Samba" is the first true bossa nova album by jazz artists, the one that began the wave. The name Stan Getz can easily be tied to bossa nova whenever the music is being discussed in jazz circles but would audiences have ever known of bossa nova if not for Charlie Byrd? The sessions for Jazz Samba were arranged only after Byrd played records he'd gotten in Brazil for Getz. The results: a groundbreaking No. 1 album and a document of jazz history.


    Its follow-up "Big Band Bossa Nova" rode that wave, topping out at No. 13 on the Billboard album chart in 1963.


    This double LP is an absolutely essential for any jazz collection.

    LP 1: Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd: Jazz Samba
    1. Desafinado
    2. Samba Dees Days
    3. O Pato
    4. Samba Triste
    5. Samba de Uma Nota Só (One Note Samba)
    6. É Luxo Só
    7. Baia (Recorded February 13, 1962, Washington DC)
    8. Meditação (Meditation)*
    9. O Barquinho (Little Boat)*
    10. Bim Bom*
    11. O Pássaro (The Byrd) [Recorded September 28 & October 1, 1962, New York City]*


    LP2: Stan Getz: Big Band Bossa Nova
    1. Manha De Carnival (Morning Of The Carnival)
    2. Balanço No Samba (Street Dance)

    3. Melancolico (Melancholy)

    4. Entre Amigos (Sympathy Between Friends)
    5. Chega De Saudade (No More Blues)

    6. Noite Triste (Night Sadness)

    7. Samba de Uma Nota Só (One Note Samba)
    8. Bim Bom (Recorded August 27 & 28, 1962, New York City)
    9. Desafinado (single edited version) [Recorded February 13, 1962, Washington DC]**


    *Bonus Track from Charlie Byrd: Bossa Nova Pelos Passaros LP
    **Bonus Track

    Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd
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    Bad! Bossa Nova

    Saxophonist Ammons is backed by guitarists Kenny Burrell and Bucky Pizzarelli, pianist Hank Jones, bassist Norman Edge, drummer Oliver Jackson and percussionist Al Hayes on this 1962 release. Tracks: Pagan Love Song, Ca' Purange (Jungle Soul), Anna, Cae, Cae, Moito Mato Grosso, Yellow Bird.
    1. Pagan Love
    2. Ca'Purange (Jungle Soul)
    3. Anna
    4. Cae Cae
    5. Moito Moto Grosso
    6. Yellow Bird
    Gene Ammons
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    Byrd At The Gate

    To a great many people, the name of Charlie Byrd and the updated samba beat known as bossa nova will always be intertwined. The guitarist did play a most important role in the introduction into this country of the compelling Brazilian rhythm-first on that major hit with Stan Getz and then on his own Bossa Nova Pelos Passaros. But before, during, and after the craze, Byrd was capable of much more-a remarkable impoviser and a richly versatile in-person performer. This 1963 live session at a celebrated New York club, the Village Gate, offers a little South American flavor and a lot of other jazz elements, including the guest appearance of trumpet great Clark Terry.
    1. Shiny Stockings

    2. More (theme from Mondo Cane)

    3. Blues For Night People

    4. Butter and Egg Man

    5. Ela Me Deixou

    6. Broadway

    7. I Left My Heart In San Francisco

    8. Some Other Spring

    9. Where Are The Hebrew Children?

    10. Let's Do It

    11. Jive at Five

    The Charlie Byrd Trio
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    Ten Stones (Awaiting Repress)

    Ten untamed and mercy-drenched songs. From jarring folk to eerie bossa nova to fiery foot-stompers, the album forms a song-cycle that's singular in its breadth and eclecticism. The music of Wovenhand is utterly unique, dizzying those who encounter it, with turnings and lashings of shadow and light.
    1. Beautiful Axe

    2. Horse Tail

    3. Not One Stone

    4. Cohawkin Road

    5. Iron Feather

    6. White Knuckle Grip

    7. Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars

    8. Kicking Bird

    9. Kingdom of Ice

    10. His Loyal Love

    11. Ten Stone Drone

    Wovenhand
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