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.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Various Artists - Blue Brazil: Blue Note in a Latin Groove (1999)


BRAZIL WEEK (FEBRUARY 4-10, 2013)

A great compilation that shows there's more to Brazilian jazz than just bossa nova.  Once you get past the cheesy Carmen Miranda illustration on the cover, there's an eclectic collection inside.  The 17 tracks here were originally released between 1965-1980.  These (formerly) rare cuts are a combination of jovem guarda, bossa nova, samba, and MPB with African, European and Indian influences. As correctly stated in this review, this is the "first collection for serious Brazilian jazz lovers compiled by Brazilian jazz lovers."  Great stuff.  There were two subsequent volumes in the Blue Brazil series, but unfortunately, I haven't come across those yet.  Even though it was a strong reissue compilation series, Blue Note's Blue Series went out of print rather quickly so grab one if you see one. This album is currently available on iTunes, though.  If you are at all interested, I highly recommend a download.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart:  Did not chart

Tracks:

Not a stinker in the bunch.  My favorites are Catavento by Alaide Costa, Deus Brasiliero by Perry Ribeiro and Bossa 3, Viola Fora De Moda by Edu Lobo, and Aldeia De Ogum by Joyce. That latter track alone is worth the price of the CD IMO. Now that I'm reacquainted with that track, it's a safe bet I'll be purchasing a Joyce CD in the near future.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None

Previously revisited for the blog:
Capitol Rare: Funky Notes From The West Coast (1999)
Capitol Rare: Funky Notes From The West Coast, Vol. 2 (1999)
Blue Bossa, Vol. 2: Cool Cuts from the Tropics (1999)

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