Chick Corea: Brazil
Chick Corea (piano)
Solo Piano: Standards (Universal/MCA 24024)
Chick Corea (piano).
Composed by Ary Barraoso & Bob Russell.
Recorded: Live at Culture & Congress Center, Lucerne, Switzerland, November 20, 1999
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
With the care of a fine-art restorer, Chick Corea rescues “Aquarela do Brasil” ("Watercolor of Brazil") from Disney's Saludos Amigos (1943), where—for the edification of one Donald Duck—Brazilian composer Ary Barraoso's samba-exaltação exalted the Technicolor glories of Latin America's largest nation. Quickly recognizing the tune, Chick's Swiss audience chuckles affectionately. "Brazil," covered by everyone from Django Reinhardt to The Coasters to João Gilberto, reinforces music as universal language. Chick Corea, born in Massachusetts of Italian and Spanish ancestry, speaks that language as fluently as anyone. This lovely 3-minute track does more for international amity than a corps of diplomats.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz