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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 10, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Six Degrees
  • ASIN: B00080Z76O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,532 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. O Rio Para Trás
2. Por Acaso, Pela Tarde
3. Feriado
4. Perdí
5. Delicate
6. Um Mundo Estranho
7. Don De Fluir
8. Bela
9. Atlântico
10. Pousada
11. My Broken Heart
12. Na Pele De Um Flaneur

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Product Description

'Rive Gauche Rio' features nine new haunting Celso Fonseca compositions, two unusual covers, a reinterpretation of British singer-songwriter Damien Rice's 'Delicate' and a Portuguese version of French crooner Henri Salvador's 'J'ai vu', and a refreshing duet with Urugayan singer/guitarist and Academy Award Winning composer for the Motorcycle Diaries, Jorge Drexler on the latter's composition 'Don de Fluir'. Six Degrees. 2005.

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While songwriter Celso Fonseca hasn't gotten the same kind of recognition as modern day bossa nova classicist Rosa Passos or electro-modernist Bebel Gilberto, he's truly a bossa nova talent worthy of much wider recognition. His last album, Natural, was a potpourri of tasteful sounds anchored by his guitar playing as well as samba percussion. On Rive Gauche Rio, Fonseca ups the ante with a sound that is more seamless and wholly unified. The heartbeat of the 12 songs here is still Brazilian and the acoustic guitar is ever present, but he gracefully broadens his palette with tasteful touches of flute, multi-tracked vocals, upright bass, electric piano and hand percussion. His voice is as warm and sensual as ever, and equally at home in his native Portuguese or English – he does a lovely samba version of Damien Rice's "Delicate." Opener "O Rio Para Tras" is a stunning example of this album's panoramic elegance; it also emphatically announces the arrival of one of the best Brazilian albums of 2005. –-Tad Hendrickson

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He sings very well, his music has a sophisticated approach.
Luiz Carlos M. Magalhães
He is a superb singer, composer, song writer, recording producer and guitarist, and if you love the music of Jobim, you're sure to love Celso Fonseca.
Terence Erkkila
Simple without ever being simplistic, this album shows that Brazil is still the place to be.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Doc Meter on July 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The second Celso Fonseca album comes as a nice surprise to me. The first didn't impress me that much, but this contains high quality songs (well unless you are tired of the bossa nova stereotype) and a great voice, really a bit too much similar to Caetano Veloso but this is not a fault but a pleasure to me.

Two of the songs are really wonderful,"Rio para tras" and "Um mondo estranho". Not that peculiar the cover of Damien Rice and the instrumental "Atlantico". Very nice the duet with Jorge Drexler and the cover of Henri Salvador. Probably a bit too much all in the same mood but very classy. The production is minimal but when the songs are good they don't need much more than a voice and an acoustic guitar.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terence Erkkila on September 21, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Celso Fonseca is a major find, a first rank musician in every respect. He is a superb singer, composer, song writer, recording producer and guitarist, and if you love the music of Jobim, you're sure to love Celso Fonseca. I have seven of his albums, and rank Juventude (Slow Motion Bossa Nova) and Paradiso as his best, although I wouldn't part with any of them. Rive Gauche Rio is a first rate addition. I discovered his CDs in Rio at a little record store in Ipanema a block and 1/2 from Jobim's old hangout. Rive Gauche Rio and Natural are available in the US, but Amazon is the only source I have found that regularly offers Celso's Brazilian CDs in the United States. If you like elegant, sensual, seductive, beautifully melodic music, Celso is your man. I caught his solo performance in New York at the Blue Note, which was a sold out success, and he's a terrific performer. To paraphrase an early enthusiast (and it's only slightly hyperbolic), "Celso is guaranteed to have you and your lover horizontal before the album ends." In short, he's a major event, the real thing, and Brazilian music at it's best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luiz Carlos M. Magalhães on January 15, 2011
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Celso Fonseca is one of best Brazilian singer/composer who has came around last years in Brazilian music scene. He sings very well, his music has a sophisticated approach. Although he is considered a newcomer in Brazilian music industry I consider him one of those guys who has been much influenced by Bossa Nova style, which is in my opinion the best kind of music which has ever appeared in Brazil in many years. In Rive Gauche Rio he keeps offering us all of his best. So, I can only give a 5 star rate.

Luiz Carlos M. Magalhães
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Larry White on November 16, 2005
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Truth be told, if pressed, we couldn't really tell, say, a samba from a bossa nova from a cha cha from any other mid-tempo, Latin dance style, for that matter. We do know, however, that we are magnetically drawn to the sultry beats of nearly all Brazilian music. Celso Fonseca, a superb singer/musician, is our latest Brazilian discovery. Fonseca's self-produced cd, `Rive Gauche Rio', is an enthralling piece of work. Grounded by the gentle strum of his guitar, Fonseca's alluring ballads are buoyed by the tasteful presence of horns, multi-tracked vocals, gentle percussion and modern studio devices and techniques. Fonseca's melodies and performances exude warmth and sensuality. Unfortunately, we may have to learn Portuguese in order to properly assess his way with words (although two songs are sung in English, including an intriguing rendition of Irish folk-singer, Damien Rice's `Delicate'). But really, with music this sumptuous, words hardly matter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Denton on September 19, 2013
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I love Celso Fonseca for time when all the lights are off and feet are up and there is nothing to do. He transport me to a beach in Brazil where there is no one and only waves and a hammock waiting somewhere.

His slow, maybe exotic, who in the world cares what he is saying in his Portuguese... it actually makes it better, less distracting, his voice/language is more like an instrument language and acoustic richness.

You can't do better, it is not elevator music, it is rich and, really, somewhat transcendent. Samba has redefined what good music is to me. Celso Fonseca is one of the best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martim Ramos Cavalcanti on April 18, 2013
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Good lyrics and music. This CD and Slow Motion Bossa Nova are the best, it's my opinion. All the songs are nice, specially Pousada, Feriado, Por caso pela Tarde and Don de Fluir.
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