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Joao voz e violao by Joao Gilberto

The legendary Miles Davis once said, "Gilberto can read a newspaper and sound good. His first album in ten years, Joao Voz E Violao is certainly one of his finesthours. With his whispering vocals and breezy guitar chords, he helped to define Brazilian jazz or Bosa Nova. His style also inspired other musicians, such as Gilberto Gil and Veloso, to name a few.

According to Verve's press release to this CD, the initial idea for this project was to re-record songs featured on Gilberto's first three albums.(Released between 1958-1961, which are long out of print.)Producer Velso suggested recording some new songs and Gilberto agreed.To take these songs apart one by one for criticism would be an injustice to the music, instead I will say that this performance, if you can liken it to closingyour eyes for a long moment, and see hear and feel the cool rain, brightly painted fishing boats, the flight of seagulls, two lovers walking the white sandy coast.The sound of silence, undisturbed.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Joao Gilberto
  • CD Title: Joao voz e violao
  • Genre: Brazilian Jazz / Brazilian Pop Jazz
  • Year Released: 2000
  • Record Label: Verve
  • Musicians: Joao Gilberto, vocals and guitar.
  • Rating: Four Stars
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