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Toots Thielemans: The Brasil Project

Album Reviews:

Q (12/92, p.138) - 3 Stars - Good - "..a stunning set of performances of some great songs...Thielemans plays out of his skin, transcending the apparent limitations of his instrument.."

New York Times (Publisher) (9/11/92, p.C24) - "..Thieleman's harmonica adds expressive dimension to songs that are already full of feeling.."

Album Notes

Personnel: Toots Thielemans (harmonica, guitar, whistle); Milton Nascinento, Chico Buarque (vocals); Djavan, Joao Bosco, Dori Cayammi, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Edu Lobo, Luis Bonfa (guitar, vocals); Lee Ritenour, Oscar Castro-Neves, Ricardo Silveira (guitar); Mark Isham (trumpet); Dave Grusin, Eliane Elias (piano); Gilson Peranzzetta, Mike Lang (keyboards); Ivan Lins (keyboards, vocals); Brian Bromberg, Jamil Joanes, Nico Assumpcao, Marc Johnson (bass); Teo Lima (drums); Cassio Duarte, Bira Hawai, Jose Roberto, Paulinho Da Costa (percussion).

Producers: Miles Goodman, Oscar Castro-Neves.

Recorded at Soundworks West, Village Recorders and Studio Ultimo, Los Angeles, California; RPM Recording and The Hit Factory, New York City; Som Livre, Rio De Janeiro, Brasil.

This popular set matches the brilliant harmonica player Toots Thielemans with such top Brazilian performers as Ivan Lins, Djavan, Oscar Castro-Neves, Dori Caymmi, Ricardo Silveira, Joao Bosco, Gilberto Gil, Milton Nascimento, Caetano Veloso, Luiz Bonfá, Edu Lobo and Eliane Elias, in addition to bassist Brian Bromberg, keyboardist Michael Lang, trumpeter Mark Isham and Dave Grusin. Thielemans is often in a supportive role behind the many soothing Brazilian singers and performers. The atmospheric date surprisingly does not have any Antonio Carlos Jobim songs, instead emphasizing lesser-known tunes (other than Toots' greatest hit "Bluesette"). Easily recommended to fans of Brazilian pop and jazz, this CD was soon followed by a second (and equally rewarding) set featuring many of the same performers. ~ Scott Yanow


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