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Toots Thielemans: The Brasil Project, Vol. 2

Album Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly (8/27/93-9/3/93, p.113) - "...jazz's crown prince of the chromatic harmonica goes to the Brazilian music well again....some of the most shamelessly, forgivably smooth sounds around..." - Rating: B

JazzTimes (12/93, p.71) - "...Through it all Theilemans' harmonica lends an alternatingly haunting, lilting, plaintive voice, superbly matching the moods of the vocalists...."

Album Notes

Personnel includes: Toots Thielemans (harmonica); Edu Lobo, Milton Nascimento (vocals); John Clark (French horn, hornette); Eliane Elias (piano); Mike Lang, Dave Grusin (keyboards); Ivan Lins (keyboards, vocals); Joao Bosco, Djavan, Dori Caymmi (guitar, vocals); Lee Ritenour, Oscar Castro-Neves, Luis Bonfa (guitar); Eugene Friesen (cello); Brian Bromberg, Marc Johnson, Jamil Joanes (bass); Steve Schaeffer, Teo Lima (drums); Cassio Duarte, Bira Hawal, Paulinho Da Costa (percussion).

Producers: Miles Goodman, Oscar Castro-Neves.

Guitarist, harmonica player, and whistler Toots Thielemans' followup to the critically acclaimed Brasil Project doesn't stray far from its predecessor's path. There are 13 nice Afro-Latin selections with Thielemans backing such top Brazilian vocalists as Milton Nascimento, Gilberto Gil, Ivan Lins, Caetano Veloso, and Dori Caymmi, among others, and guitarists Oscar Castro-Nieves and Lee Ritenour assisting Thielemans with delicate shadings and accompaniment. ~ Ron Wynn


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