Category Archive: Desert Island Disc

Aug 26 2013

Antonio Carlos Jobim: Urubu

Timeless Jobim   Some albums seem to have a profound influence in our lives for not specific reason other than the beauty of the music we hear. I have asked myself why Jobim‘s Urubu is an album I listen to from time to time. Is it his voice? Is it the music or lyrics? Could it …

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Aug 22 2013

Cartola: Ao Vivo – Seu Último Show Gravado

Samba Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This!   What João Gilberto is to Bossa Nova, Cartola is to samba. Angenor de Oliveira (October 11, 1908 – November 30, 1980, Rio de Janeiro) was one of the founding fathers of the world famous Escola de Samba Estação Primeira de Mangueira. Although he had been composing since …

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Mar 22 2012

Elis Regina: Saudade Do Brasil

A Desert Island Album   The year 2012 marked the 30th anniversary of Elis Regina’s death. One of the world’s most remarkable voices (see NPR’s 50 Great Voices), Elis died too young — barely 37 years of age (Rio Grande do Sul, 3/17/1945 – São Paulo, 1/19/1982). The mark she left in the Brazilian musical …

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Mar 22 2011

João Gilberto: Amoroso/Brasil

A Desert Island Disc   When I first bought this 1977 album, it was the LP version only. Besides João Gilberto’s definitive renditions of Brazilian classics, he also put his mark on and made world classics such as “‘S Wonderful,” “Estate” and “Bésame Mucho” his own. With outstanding arrangements and musical direction by Claus Ogerman, …

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