One of Brazil's top
Horizontes Do Mundo
Highlights include "Nos Horizontes Do Mundo" (Paulinho Da Viola), "Gozos Da Alma" (Francis Hime/Geraldo Carneiro), "Hoje" (Leila Pinheiro/Renato Russo), "Minha Alma (O Rappa/Marcelo Yuka). 16 Tracks in All.
Leila Pinheiro (Serie Retratos)
A Bossa De Leila Pinheiro
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After her sublime Bossa Nova albums, Leila
returns to MPB territory with this album of songs by Ivan Lins and Gonzaguinha.
There are some superb songs here, and for me Leila is the best singer in the
world today. Her voice is so expressive, warm and natural. And she can really
sing, not just whisper into a microphone. The arrangements are great, too.
There's a nice accordion solo by Gilson Peranzzetta on Illuminados, and a great
harmonica solo by Milton Guedes at the end of Feliz. Leila plays piano and
keyboards as well as singing. Highly recommended.
Isso É Bossa
Isso e Bossa Nova is, quite simply, one of the
greatest interpretations of Bossa Nova classics ever recorded. For those of you
not familiar, Bossa Nova is a style of Brazilian music that first developed and
became very popular in the early 1960s...The center of
gravity of Brazilian musical culture has moved on, but some musicians, like
Leila, lovingly preserve and re-interpret Bossa Nova, just as many great singers
in the U.S. continue to sing the great jazz "standards." Ironically, Leila has
produced many other albums, but to my ears, many are "over-produced," sounding
like 1970s jazz fusion. In this album, her producers pared down the accompanying
musicians, letting Leila's voice and vision emerge with crystal clarity. What is
so remarkable about this album is the combination of reverence for the great
composers and the impact of Leila's profoundly personal, new interpretations.
Her voice is crystal clear and pure; her pronunciation of Brazilian Portuguese
lyrics is playful (even if you don't understand a word of her language). Plus it
simply swings -- it's one of the most rythmically moving collections I've ever
heard -- while being very quiet and intimate.
-- an Amazon reviewer
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