Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Dave Grusin & Lee Ritenour - Harlequin (1985)


BRAZIL WEEK (FEBRUARY 4-10, 2013)

Note: this release was originally purchased as an LP, later replaced by a CD.

I bought this album in 1985 and, expecting something more along the lines of Ritenour's Rio album, I was initially disappointed because the opening track had Portuguese vocals by some guy named Lins who I had never heard of before.  Now I can laugh at myself as I realize at that time, I was far more interested in Brazilian-influenced smooth jazz than anything resembling music currently coming from Brazil.  The three Lins-penned tunes are so far removed from the other music, that it makes for a very uneven release.  It's not the best album, but I've heard far worse.  Allmusic's one sentence review simply reads, "Ivan Lins and Ritenour almost save the day." That's a bit harsh, but I rarely give this one a listen.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #192
Peak on the Billboard jazz chart: #2
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #130

Tracks:  I'm still not much of a fan of the opening track, but I do like Early A.M. Attitude, Before It's Too Late (Antes Que Seja Tarde), and Beyond The Storm (Depois Dos Temporais).  Early A.M. Attitude won a Grammy award for Best Instrumental Arrangement.  Track 6 is a bizarre little hodge-podge of a  piece titled Cats Of Rio that should probably be avoided.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD:  I remember this particular release appearing in magazines advertisements promoting emerging digital audio tape (DAT) player/recorders in the late '80s.  I always thought this was a curious choice, but it was a digitally mastered recording which was relatively new back then. 


Previously revisited for the blog:
Larry & Lee (1995)
Festival (1988)
On The Line (1983)
Out Of The Shadows (1982)
"Rit" (1981)
Rio (1979)

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