Sylvain Luc: Brazil

In the Basque region where he hails from, right on the French-Spanish border by the Atlantic ocean, Sylvain Luc started out playing not jazz but all kinds of music for dancers with his elder brothers on accordion and drums. Hence this guitarist's tremendously original rhythmic and melodic approach. He can play anything from Bach to forgotten standards, and revive them all through his unconventional technique and total openness when improvising. Taking this CD's title as their band name, Luc and his partners have since 2001 created a repertoire that is always full of surprises, such as this highly creative and dancing "Brazil."

February 19, 2008 · 0 comments


Chick Corea & Béla Fleck: Brazil

Jazz fans have enjoyed this composition in many versions, both jazz arrangements such as Chick Corea's solo piano rendition, or when played (usually under the title "Aquarela do Brasil") by many of the leading Brazilian musicians of the last half century. This standard is so well known and beloved in Brazil that a panel of experts picked it as the "Brazilian song of the century" back in 1997. I can't remember asking for a version featuring banjo . . . but maybe that just shows my lack of imagination. Even so, I became the biggest believer in Brazilian banjo jazz after hearing Béla Fleck and Chick Corea work their wonders on Barroso's delightful composition. For several years now I have been suggesting that many of the most exciting developments in jazz will increasingly be found in various fusions with 'World Music' styles. But sometimes even I am surprised where these cross-fertilizations lead. Fleck and Corea's take on "Brazil" is one of those happy discoveries.

December 18, 2007 · 0 comments


Chick Corea: Brazil

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.

November 05, 2007 · 0 comments


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