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A Love Affair: The Music Of Ivan Lins

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After Antonio Carlos Jobim, no Brazilian composer is more celebrated in America than Ivan Lins. This is mostly due to his jazz and pop musician friends who recognize his genius and record his music. Unlike Jobim, though, Lins hasn't experienced a breakthrough with a bona-fide pop hit. That could change with A Love Affair: The Music of Ivan Lins, an 11-song tribute that boasts Sting singing a brand-new Lins composition and Chaka Khan putting a funky spin on "Crue Cra Corroro," retitled with English lyrics as "So Crazy for the Love." Smooth-jazz fans will appreciate turns by Peter White and the late Grover Washington Jr., but it's the vocalists that make this tribute a must for Ivan Lins fans. Brenda Russell, one of his best American collaborators, delivers "Nocturne" as sensually as anything on her own Paris Rain, and her lyric to "You Move Me to This" is a real winner in the hands of Lisa Fischer and "D Train" Williams. However, Lins's patented combination of romance, jazzy harmonies, and Brazilian pop are best personified on the last three tunes with Freddy Cole, Dianne Reeves, Joe Sample, and (on the final pair of tunes) the honored composer himself. --Mark A. Ruffin

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 9, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: September 26, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B00004Y6S3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,835 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By John Jones on October 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Everyone is familiar with the compositions of Brazilian songwriting legend Atonio Carlos Jobim ("The Girl From Ipanema," "Desafinado," "Corcovado"), but another writer poised for legendary status is Ivan Lins, the subject of this immensely entertaining tribute album. Long celebrated among musicians, Lins may now find himself with some bona fide hits on his hands.
The most obvious contender is Sting's "She Walks This Earth," a new Lins composition that fits the ex-Policeman's vocals and persona so well, the track would be right at home on one of his own projects. Lush chord changes and a bright vibraphone add to the track's appeal and the end result is a Bossa Nova-tinged pop treasure. Smooth jazz radio will no doubt latch onto Vanessa Williams' "Love Dance," an adult contemporary hit-in-waiting if ever there was one: Williams' voice is in its usual smooth pop/soul glory, sax man Dave Koz offers up a killer solo, and the arrangement just begs for a candlelit dinner for two. Lisa Fischer and James "D-Train" Williams offer another potential hit in the soulful and rhythmic "You Moved Me to This."
Brenda Russell (one of Lins' frequent lyricists, here responsible for two tracks) steps in for a lovely vocal on "Nocturne," and jazz diva Dianne Reeves is (as usual) sheer perfection on the intoxicating "Sweet Presence." This isn't to say the project is a completely mellow affair, however. Chaka Khan offers up her usual fire on "So Crazy With This Love," a percussive midtempo funk workout that will no doubt thrill fans of the jazzy experiments Chaka has dabbled in over the years.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Stout on January 7, 2001
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"A Love Affair" is a fabulous introduction to the music of Ivan Lins. The performances, both vocal and instrumental, are top-tier and the songs are worthy of such treatment. Sting's recently-announced Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance Male for his work on "She Walks This Earth," the opening cut, is especially well-earned. In fact, even though Sting has flirted with bossa nova throughout his solo career, I would say that it has never paid off so well as it does here.
In short, album producer Jason Miles has pulled together a beautiful testament to a towering composer. If you enjoy Brazilian music, you will have a real "love affair" with this album.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. Hukal on September 28, 2000
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Ivan Lins is hardly a household name in the US, despite a long and varied career in Brazil. A collaboration with a number of "big name" singers and musicians, this title may finally bring him some well-deserved recognition. I am not a big Sting fan, but his voice is perfect for "She Walks This Earth," a tune that (oddly enough) reminds me of The Police song "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic." Vanessa Williams, Brenda Russell, and Diane Reeves also manage to infuse their tracks with breathless passion. There are a couple tracks that are a little too "smooth jazz" for my tastes, but overall the disc is a really pleasant listen. Ivan Lins is an extremely talented composer, and the pairings on this disc shine.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "centb2" on January 16, 2001
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This musical tribute to Ivan Lins is an absolute gem. Sting was made to sing 'She Walks This Earth' -- a must hear for all Sting fans! Other standouts include 'Answered Prayers' and 'You moved me to this.' The last track by Ivan Lins has led me to search for more of his music. Very smooth, classy music. Buy 2!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William S. Keane on August 19, 2003
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If I was to spend the rest of my life on an island and was told I could have only one cd, I would not hesitate to choose this cd. The rhythms, vocals and arraignments are so beautiful the listener will be carried away. This will remain a part of my collection always.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By VES on January 28, 2003
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very smooth. If you like "Chillout" music, I would buy it. Also, if you like this type of music and you are a fan of Kenia, I would suggest that you also buy her cd PROJECT IVAN LINS. Many of the same songs on this cd are that one. She is oh, so cool! Unfortunately she is not recording anymore but you can still order her music from her homepage. Thank Goodnes. Just do a search on Google. Type: Kenia Mooka Records, and you will find ALL of her recordings for sale.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trivimp on February 11, 2002
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If you're like me & know absolutely nothing about Brazillian jazz (I bought this CD for the Sting track, really,) you're in for a treat! Each track is a must-listen. Vanessa William's "Love Dance", in particular, is so soulful & sensuous that it probably ought to have a warning label for minors. This would be a good disc to put on for background music for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner, just to get things rolling. 'Nuff said ;-)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rodrick Colbert on February 16, 2005
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This album shows that music can be simply beautiful and gets better with time.

I would swear that everytime I listen to it, I like it more and more.

Plus, it will send you seeking out more of Ivan Lins work. I discovered this by accident and now wonder what other great music I am missing out on.
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