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Brasil Import

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The Transfer's style adapts well to this colorful recording, produced in 1987. Drawing upon the South American continent for thematic inspiration, as well as the characteristic rhythms and orchestration, the result is a satisfying world and jazz fusion of warmth and cool. "Notes From The Underground" captures a groove that is indelible, complimenting the distinctive melody. "Soul Food To Go," "The Zoo Blues" and "Metropolis" are contemporary pop, but with a welcome complexity; "Capim" is liquid contemporary jazz, with Stan Getz smoldering on sax throughout.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 17, 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002ILX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,799 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
This is a collection of very beautiful and accessible songs. It's really a mixture of Latin melodies with pop-oriented lyrics.
I agree with another reviewer who said "Capim" alone was worth the price of the CD. I don't speak Portuguese, but I've listened to it so much that I can sing along.
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The title of this album is 'Brazil'. I'm not trying to insult your intelegence but I want to highlight the fact that this album is designed to bring the wonderful music of Brazil to the masses. This it does to a certain extent, however I do feel that it should be mentioned that you will not hear Brazillian music in the traditional sense.
The Manhattan Transfer have, once again, provided us with a gem of an album which introduces us to a fusion of jazz and world music. This is combined with a unique strain of 'listenability' to which we have become acustomed to from their music. We have the elements of South American music combined with modern jazz harmony and rhythm. The music of the great brazilian composer Djawan I find is perhaps the most successful on the album - especially the first track 'Soul Food To Go'. This album is well worth a buy - try it, you might like it!
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It has TONS of great stuff on it...
but I'd buy it again just to hear "Capim".
Just a GREAT CD, period.
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I had this album on cassette, and I downloaded the tracks to my computer using some funky software. But the quality was dire, so I finally gave up, and bought the CD. Great music, and great harmonies from the Manhattan Transfer. My favorite is "The Jungle Pioneers"
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I really enjoy Manhattan Transfer's ability to not only sing but change up the styles in which they do. Brasil in an example of how versatile these four talented singers can be. Putting on this disc transports the listener from mainstream Manhattan Transfer to the swaying sounds of the tropics.

Of the nine cuts on this album/disc, Soul Food to Go reached #25 on Billboards Adult Contemporary chart. Overall, the album was the recipient of the Grammy Awards Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

Most listeners are familiar with Manhattan Transfer's swing and jazz sounds. This detour into something other than their mainstay proves not only their talent but their ability to keep listeners on their toes.
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Well here we are;it's 1987 and the Manhattan Transfer have just enjoyed a great deal of acclaim with their 1985 album Vocalese and it was time for the next album. The three years between the albums had seen huge changes in the way people approched music. This era was beginning a transitional point between the late 80's and early 90's so things were getting a little leaner and funkier overall. Also there was a rebirth of different types of world music entering into the equation and,as trendy and meaningless as that would become in the years to come during this era it was really an novel musical concept at this point. This is an album that does live up to it's title by incorperating a lot of Brazillian styled musical elements such as plenty of percussive rhythms courtesy of Paulinho Da Costa as well as guerro's abound. Also it should note that is is the Man Tran's most consistantly contemporary sounding record during the decade. There are no detours into retro big band and boogie woogie styles that you'd find...say at the conclusion of other more pop styled releases they'd made such as Bodies & Souls. True that devotion to musical diversity was part of what made them famous and successful and here they somehow managed to bring all of the different musical elements they enjoyed embracing into what is essentially a late 80's update of that same "contempo" sound. The music is very direct and funk oriented with arrangements handled by Jeff Lorber.Read more ›
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I love the Manhattan Transfer, and wake up hearing in my head this album in particular. So I had to replace my lost cassettes with BRASIL. It came on time and was packaged well. It plays like a dream. Right now it is my favorite CD to play. I would recommend this album for anybody who likes Latin Jazz.
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Here it is. The summum, the perfection, the best achievement in vocalese music.
Recipe? Two drops of the best voices (Manhattan Transfer), and a few grams of the best brazilian songwriter (Djawan). Result: amazing, hard to believe. Just listen to it.
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