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Big Band Bossa Nova [Import]

Stan Getz And Gary McfarlandVinyl
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (January 15, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 1-2-3-4-GO!
  • ASIN: B00AAHAWPG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,391 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. SOUL BOSSA NOVA
2. BOOGIE BOSSA NOVA [aka BOOGIE STOP SHUFFLE]
3. DESAFINADO
4. MANHA DE CARNAVAL (MORNING OF THE CARNIVAL)
5. SE E TARDE, ME PERDOA (FORGIVE ME IF IM LATE)
6. ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE
7. SAMBA DE UMA NOTA S (ONE NOTE SAMBA)
8. LALO BOSSA NOVA
9. SERENATA
10. CHEGA DE SAUDADE (NO MORE BLUES)
11. A TASTE OF HONEY

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect... April 10, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
We remaining fans of the Enoch Light catalog are all too aware of how few of the great Command and Project 3 albums have been released on CD. I was very excited to see some of the early Command LPs issued on CD by Varese Sarabande, but they appear to have come to a halt after only a handful of discs. So I was thrilled to see this new release from Sepia Records, whose catalog includes a number of neglected old chestnuts, and I'm very pleased that they've included some Light albums like this one among them.

This disc contains two complete albums. The first, "Big Band Bossa Nova," was originally released as Command RS 844 SD in 1962, and comprises tracks 1-12 of this CD.

While the Varese releases (I believe) were remastered from the original session master tapes, both the audio quality and the noted use of CEDAR audio restoration indicate to me that these tracks were sourced from copies of the vinyl LPs. While there are no detectable clicks, pops, or rumble, the noise reduction has resulted in a compressed sound, with a lot of loss at the high end. (Command albums were meticulously recorded and notable for their audio quality.) And track 12, "Take the 'A' Train" (the final track on side 2 of the LP) exhibits noticeable distortion, which may be a result of damage to the record from improper tonearm tracking (a few of my original Command LPs have this issue on the ending tracks).

Tracks 13-24 are from a subsequent album, "Let's Dance the Bossa Nova" (Command RS 851 SD, 1963). The audio quality on these tracks is considerably better than the first LP, which I attribute to their source vinyl being in better shape. This is a good thing, because I find this second album to be superior musically to the first, with some fabulous Lew Davies arrangements.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Yeah, bay-beeee!" June 6, 2013
Format:Vinyl
Original 1962 MERCURY pressings of BIG BAND BOSSA NOVA (SR 60751/MG 20751) do not have the 11th track on this 2013 reissue ("A Taste of Honey").

The catchy album opener, a Quincy Jones original called "Soul Bossa Nova," gained new popularity 35 years after its release when the track was chosen as title music for Mike Myers' spy spoof, AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY (1997). "Boogie Bossa Nova" is a quick-tempoed rhythm driven cut with horns and reeds crosstalking. Great tenor sax solo here. Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Desafinado" is an instantly recognizable samba. Quincy's cover is top-notch. "Carnival" features flute and sax solos. This theme from BLACK ORPHEUS is a romantic change of pace for Quincy's guys.

"On the Street Where You Live" features an array of exotic percussion sounds as it nicely demonstrates the Bossa Nova technique: one percussionist plays slightly ahead of the rest, giving an urgency to the beat. "One Note Samba" is another classic Jobim tune. It translates nicely to big band jazz. "Lalo Bossa Nova" is an original by pianist Lalo Schifrin, an Argentine composer who went on to write the MISSION IMPOSSIBLE theme. According to liner notes, it was Lalo who "hipped" Jones to the Bossa Nova phenomenon. A woodblock sound drives this track and "One Note Samba." The original set-closer is an extra-length version of Jobim's "No More Blues" that allows for some fine improvs from the band.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bossa Nova? Yes, but ... January 19, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The CD contains this statement: "While every effort has been made to eliminate the surface noise from the original recordings used for this issue, including use of the CEDAR audio noise reduction system, some slight surface noise may remain." I did not notice any surface noise (but I was not using headphones). The recording seems just fine.

There are 24 songs on this CD. I would identify only about half of them as Bossa Nova / Brazilian music. The other half are popular songs from that same time period (the 1960's). 12 of the songs are from an album called "Big Band Bossa Nova" and 12 of the songs are from an album called "Let's Dance the Bossa Nova".

All of the songs are arranged in the Bossa Nova style. 20 of the songs are shorter than 3 minutes; this as the result of them all being up-tempo.

The liner notes say that the band consists of 5 trumpets, 5 trombones, 5 woodwinds, 1 guitar, 3 percussion, and 1 drum. I recognized the names of a few of the musicians.

The music is "bright" with brass and percussion and has the pronounced stereo separation as is common for that era.

As a fan of Bossa Nova music, I will put this on the shelf and rarely play it again.

A producer of a TV commercial might find that one of these up-tempo tracks is just what they need to help sell their products.

This music would be good for (ballroom) dancing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic April 11, 2014
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Exhausted after 10 hours at the office? 1. Pour yourself a glass of 30 year old tawny port. 2. Grab
the bowel of peanuts. 3. Put this classic on the Rega or Thorens, Climb into your Charles and Ray
Eames chair, lift those tired feet onto the foot stool. Now let the day float away. This album will have
You longing for the Rio of the 60's Stan Getz, Jobin, Vinicius, my what a brief but Joyous time it was.
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