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, October 20, 2018

Various Artists - Blue Bossa: Cool Cuts from the Tropics (1991)

Over six years ago, this blog covered this CD's sequel, Blue Bossa Vol. 2, and I stated "I need to stumble across a copy of volume 1."  Well, I finally did just that.

As the title implies, this compilation contains a few bossa nova tunes (and lots of other Latin sub-genres) from Blue Note label artists with with 12 of the 14 tracks recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's legendary studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. With exceptions from Kenny Dorham and Elaine Elias, tracks date from the 1960's, around the time when Stan Getz and Antonio Carlos Jobim brought a bossa craze to the US.

From the back cover: "An irresistable fusion of brazilliance & jazz combined to give you the finest in bossa from the finest in bop. So blame in on the Bossa Nova... & enjoy!" [sic]  They really dropped the ball on that one, huh?

And I'll keep hunting for titles in the "Blue Series" because I have yet to come across one that wasn't exceptional. If any one can locate a complete list of titles in the series, please let me know before I get all compulsive and try to create one myself.

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


Stronger cuts are Congalegre, Latona, Sandalia Dela, Afrodesa, Mambo Inn, The Cape Verdean Blues, and South Of The Border. I can't wait to pair the two Blue Bossa discs together, maybe add a little Getz/Gilberto, and have a chill afternoon.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None

Previously revisited for the blog:
Blue Bacharach: A Cooler Shaker (1999)
Blue Brazil: Blue Note in a Latin Groove (1999)
Capitol Rare: Funky Notes From The West Coast (1999)
Capitol Rare: Funky Notes From The West Coast, Vol. 2 (1999)
Capitol Rare: Funky Notes From The West Coast, Vol. 3 (1999)
Blue Bossa, Vol. 2: Cool Cuts from the Tropics (1999)
Blue Break Beats (1992)

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