Brazil - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 2 - 12/24/96
A Brasilian Christmas
Astor Place Recordings (TCD 4006)
If you have ever wondered what it is like to
spend Christmas in the southern hemisphere, where it is summer in
December, then you know what to expect from A Brasilian Christmas.
This collection of Christmas songs from Brazil and
the world is as colorful as its cover artwork by Sarajo Frieden.
Produced by Miles Goodman and Oscar Castro-Neves, A Brasilian Christmas is like a who's who in Brazilian music. Joyce, Dori
Caymmi, Ivan Lins, Leo Gandelman, Gilson Peranzzetta, Oscar
Castro-Neves, Ricardo Silveira, Toninho Horta, and João Bosco
all add their talents to what is soon destined to become a classic
Brazilian recording. As an extra bonus to the great music and
performances, the superb liner notes by Joseph A. Page will give you
the best portrait of Christmas in Brazil if you cannot be there
during the holiday season.
Each song in this release receives a special
treatment from its performer transforming the melody in something
uniquely Brazilian. Whether with the instrumental pieces, such as
Air on Six Strings, or even with the English vocals, special care
was taken to present a Brazilian flavor in every song. The opening
track, Schubert's Ave Maria, admirably mixes sleigh bells with
Brazilian percussion. Ave Maria becomes a samba complete with the
angelic voices of Denise Dumont, Bebel Gilberto (daughter of
João Gilberto, the father of Bossa Nova), and Lois Albez. As
you hear Ivan Lins in White Christmas, for example, you will likely
wonder whether Lins could have written that melody. When Dori Caymmi
brings his mellow voice to The Christmas Song, you will almost feel
the balmy air as the gentle rhythm sways you giving you the
incomparable sensation of being in a hammock under coconut trees on a
beach in Bahia. Now, that is an image to think of during cold winter
days in the northern hemisphere!
Song after song, A Brasilian Christmas will amaze you.
Joyce treats Santa Claus Is Coming
To Town to a lively forró, that Brazilian northeastern
rhythm. Silent Night, with both English and Portuguese lyrics,
brings the calm that song deserves. However, you should brace
yourself for the biggest and most rewarding surprise of the CD:
João Bosco's own Brazilian version of I'll Be Home for
Christmas. Bosco's words kept the idea of the original lyrics about
going home during the holidays and added a perfect Brazilian twist.
The arrangement is typically Bosco, including his guitar artistry and
scatting technique. To complete this holiday treat (though mistakenly
credited as O Velhinho), Joyce delivers a beautiful rendition of
Brazil's most famous Christmas song: Assis Valente's Boas
Copyright © 1996 Egídio Leitão