Milton Nascimento: Chega de Saudade


Chega de Saudade


Milton Nascimento (vocals, guitar)


Novas Bossas (EMI 214817)

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Milton Nascimento (vocals, guitar),

Paulo Jobim (guitar), Daniel Jobim (piano), Paulo Braga (drums), Rodrigo Villa (bass)


Composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes


Recorded: Various locations, no dates given (CD released in 2008)


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Most casual fans will find nothing surprising in Milton Nascimento releasing a bossa nova CD, and covering the classic Jobim tune "Chega de Saudade." Yet those with longer memories will recall that Nascimento did more than any musician to topple the supremacy of bossa nova in Brazilian music. Nascimento's rhythmic sensibility, with its hypnotic even eights (which Pat Metheny and others would eventually incorporate into jazz settings), instilled a far more Africanized sensibility into Brazilian music than anything found in the Jobim songbook. Early in Nascimento's career, even when this artist performed bossa nova songs, listeners were struck by how different they sounded in his interpretations.

But all things mellow with age, and now Nascimento not only records "Chega de Saudade" but delivers it with genuine bossa nova feeling. And he brings Jobim's son and grandson in on the festivities. Don't expect any musical revolutions here, just a bittersweet, relaxed tribute to a classic song, a brilliant composer and a timeless style of music. This track, and most of the other performances on the Novas Bossas CD, will stand out as outliers on the bell curve of Milton's music, but fans of Brazilian music will enjoy this release and want to add it to their collection.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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