JazzTimes (9/97, p.81) - "...His voice, rich in range and emotion with a timbre deftly balancing deep resonance and soulful airiness, is purity personified. With NASCIMENTO he demonstrates formidable facilities as a singer, composer and musical poet..."
Personnel includes: Milton Nascimento (vocals, guitar); Nivaldo Ornelas (soprano saxophone, flute); Rob Mounsey (high flute, synth bass, synth percussion, wind chimes); Hugo Fattoruso (piano, accordion, keyboards); Tulio Mourao (keyboards); Wilson Lopes, Jeff Mironov (guitar); Luiz Alves (bass); Anthony Jackson, Alberto Continentino (electric bass); Lincoln Cheib (drums, pandereta, folia box, peneira cheia, Indian stick); Robertinho Silva (drums, taboca drums, djembe, congas, bongos, kajon, moringa, wood block, prato, udongo, rain stick, peneira cheia, folia box, repique box); Ronaldo Silva (pandereta, folia box, cheik, rain stick, triangle, afoxe, cabaca, claves, finger bells, peneira cheia, electronic percussion).
NASCIMENTO won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album.
Milton Nascimento begins this poetic, mysterious album with a soulful, earthy, life-affirming percussion chorus that draws you into his intensely personal musical world. The songs on this self-titled collection are dreamlike and sensual, commanding you to follow where they lead. Where the natural world meets our dreams is where you reside when listening to NASCIMENTO.
Singing about personal and universal love, the flow of life and death, and his native Brasil, Nascimento reflects an artists' need to communicate what he knows on "Paper Napkins": "There are pens in my town...being exhausted under thousands of crawling and confused words." On "Roxinol (The Nightingale)," about Nascimento's experience with severe illness, "Ana Maria" (a tribute to saxophonist Wayne Shorter's late wife), and "E Agora Rapaz (And What Now Man?)," loss of life and love are addressed as important aspects of living which cannot be escaped.
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