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John Pizzarelli & Brazilian Music

Bossa Nova

Bossa Nova

Being the son of a renowned jazz guitarist can be daunting, but Bucky Pizzarelli's son John, a guitarist since the age of six, has been building a formidable career of his own since fronting his first trio in the early 1990s. With Bossa Nova, Pizzarelli continues to pursue thoughtfully realized thematic projects. This set mixes exceptional versions of five songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim with luscious Brazilian adaptations of standards (including Gershwin's "Fascinating Rhythm") and a couple of Pizzarelli originals. The small ensemble interplay is warmly recorded, and the addition of chorus vocals and string or flute quartets on some of the material adds spice and variety. --David Greenberger


Rosemary Clooney with John Pizzarelli

This Brazil's greatest hits album is made with such affection and panache that it's all but irresistible. Vocalist Rosemary Clooney, in her autumnal prime and possessing a spot-on feel for the material, teams up with guitarist-singer John Pizzarelli and a superb ensemble led by her pianist, John Oddo, in delivering this love letter to the magical music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luiz Bonfa, et al. The familiar tunes--"One Note Samba," "Boy from Ipanema," "Wave," "Dindi," "Corcovado," "Once I Loved," and eight others--get fresh, even surprising interpretations. Take Jobim's "Boy from Ipanema," where Clooney, her voice deepened by time but still resilient and lithe, duets with the exquisitely breathy Diana Krall, who adds gently swinging piano lines. Or that wonderful Ary Barroso standby, "Brazil," done in three tempos: an out-of-time opening with Clooney speak-singing; a very leisurely samba, recalling the 1940s and 1950s; and a brisk bounce, where Pizzarelli plays glowing-toned lines. The slower tunes have an enchantment all their own. Clooney invests such bittersweet songs as "Corcovado," "Once I Loved," and "Meditation" with lyric readings so wise and informed, you know she's been there. The achingly poignant "How Insensitive," a duet with Pizzarelli, is a heartstopper. The vibrant "Desafinado," perky "One Note Samba," and complex "Waters of March" are among the solid matchups between the voices of Clooney and her guitarist. They each swing in their own manner, and their harmonies make a good blend. Pizzarelli is the featured vocalist on "Wave" and "Dindi" and plays the beamingly upbeat "Sweet Happy Life" (a.k.a. "Samba de Orfeo"). Throughout, first-rate solos from the likes of saxophonists Gary Foster and Nino Tempo and trombonist Chauncey Welsch add vital flavors. If you're a Clooney or traditional Brazilian fan, this is a must-have. --Zan Stewart

More by John Pizzarelli

Knowing You
~ John Pizzarelli

After Hours
~ John Pizzarelli

Kisses In The Rain
~ John Pizzarelli

All of Me
~ John Pizzarelli

The Rare Delight of You
~ John Pizzarelli, George Shearing

Dear Mr Cole
~ John Pizzarelli

Our Love Is Here to Stay
~ John Pizzarelli

Let There Be Love
~ John Pizzarelli

Live at Birdland
~ John Pizzarelli

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