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Milton Nascimento: Angelus

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Q (10/94, p.122) - 3 Stars - Good - "...The strength of Nascimento's music has always been his ability to blend folk, jazz, pop and even classical music into a succesful, thoroughly Brazilian amalgam..."

Album Notes

Personnel includes: Milton Nascimento (vocals, piano, acoustic guitar, concertina); Leonardo Bretas (vocals); Tony Cedras (accordion); Wilson Lopes (viola caipira, guitar); Hugo Fattoruso (piano, accordion); Tulio Mourao (keyboards); Jeff Bova (keyboards); Flavio Venturini (acoustic guitar); Anthony Jackson (contrabass guitar); Joao Baptista (bass, fretless bass); Chris Parker (bass drum); Robertinho Silva (drums, percussion); Ronaldo Silva (drums, percussion); Vanderlei Silva, Nana Vasconcelos (percussion).

Producers: Marcio Ferreira, Milton Nascimento, Matt Pierson, Russ Titelman.

Engineers include: Patrick Dillett, Rob Eaton, James Farber.

AMGELUS was nominated for Best World Music Album in the 37th Annual Grammy Awards.

There is a tenderness, a spirituality, a barely contained passion to Milton Nascimento's music which transcends all languages and nationalities. Like Duke Ellington, the Beatles and Stevie Wonder before him, Milton Nascimento is an international superstar whose music is at once deeply personal--firmly rooted in the ethnic rhythms and melodic conventions of his native Brazil--yet incorporates so many aspects of jazz, classical music, R&B, pop and international folk rhythms as to defy all categorization.

The artistic range and breadth of ANGELUS is such that it stands as something of a Milton Nascimento compendium, summing up many of the stylistic milestones and personal triumphs that have made his music so enduring. In fact, when he gathers the superstar rhythm team of Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette and Robertinho Silva to perform "Novena" (as well as his famous "Vera Cruz") it is Nascimento's first recording of his very first song. But then ANGELUS is brimming with variety and talent. There's also a uniquely Milton rendition of the Beatles' "Hello Goodbye," a bouncy "Only A Dream In Rio" (with James Taylor) and the wordless mystery of "Qualquer Coisa A Haver Com O Pariso" (with Peter Gabriel). From the poetic grandeur of the rain forest to the dancing carnival of the big city, Nascimento's music on ANGELUS is a romantic celebration of life.



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