Toots Thielemans (with Milton Nascimento): Travessia




'Toots' Thielemans (harmonica) and Milton Nascimento (vocals)


The Brazil Project, Vol. 2 (Private Music 82110)

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'Toots' Thielemans (harmonica), Milton Nascimento (vocals), Oscar Castro-Neves (guitar),

Gilson Peranzzetta (keyboards), Jamil Joanes (bass), Téo Lima (drums)


Composed by Milton Nascimento, Fernando Brant and Gene Lees


Recorded: New York, Los Angeles and/or Rio de Janeiro, no dates given (CD released in 1993)


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

I have several versions of Nascimento singing this composition that first brought him widespread attention among the Brazilian public—when it placed second at the 1967 International Music Festival—including his debut recording of the song and his awkward 1968 version in English. But this collaboration with Toots Thielemans is my favorite. Nascimento is in top form, especially when he delivers a wordless vocal in the high register, and Thielemans contributes a lyrical melody statement. My only complaint is that the track lasts only three minutes, and the ending arrives somewhat abruptly. Three minutes might be the perfect length for boiling an egg or generating crossover airplay, but this diehard Nascimento fan would have liked to hear several more choruses.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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  • 1 Howard Price // Jan 01, 2009 at 01:57 AM
    I could have listened to this track for 25 minutes.