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.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Various Artists - A Love Affair: The Music Of Ivan Lins (2000)


BRAZIL WEEK (FEBRUARY 4-10, 2013)

With the possible exception of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ivan Lins is probably the most well-known Brazilian musician/composer to American audiences.  In Brazil, his music is categorized as Música Popular Brasileira (MPB), but his use of jazz chord progressions and voicings have made his music appealing to many US jazz artists.  However, categorizing Lins' songs do them an injustice; they should be individually taken on their own merits.  This all-star line up of musicians is one of many collaborations Lins has made with American artists in an attempt to get Lins a wider audience here in the States.  I think it may be a little late for that and that's a shame because this is a great album.  We're treated to 11 tracks of Lins' songs: 2 instrumentals, 8 with English lyrics, and a final track sung in Portuguese by Lins himself.  Excellent liner notes including the story of how this compilation came together written by keyboardist/arranger/producer Jason Miles.

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

Tracks:  I like them all; this disc is strong from start to finish.  Today, my favorites include Lin's most popular song, Love Dance, performed by Vanessa Williams, You Moved Me To This sung by Lisa Fischer and James "D Train" Williams, and Lins singing his Somos Todos Iquais Nesta Noite.  The weakest track is I'm Not Alone (Anjo De Mim) not because it is a bad song or because Freddy Cole is a bad singer because neither of those assertions is true. His voice simply isn't suited to the song; it's a bad pairing.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I was listening to a smooth jazz radio station out of Houston when I heard Sting singing She Walks This Earth (Soberana Rosa).  I thought it was the best Sting song I'd heard in 10 years, so I searched out this disc.  After I purchased the CD in 2003, it was my constant office companion for about a year.

2 comments:

  1. That's a lovely Vanessa Williams track. And it's nice to know Lisa Fischer is still singing. I have her debut (only?) album. I bought it for "How Can I Ease the Pain". It's still an amazing song.

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  2. I Googled Lisa Fischer, and discovered she IS indeed still singing; just not solo. Though there was talk of a new solo album a few years ago (that has not materialized).

    You didn't mention the Chaka Khan track. I'm about to search for that on YouTube. I like me some Chaka. :)

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