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The New Bossa Nova

Luciana SouzaAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 21, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B000SM7R7O
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,989 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Brazilian bossa nova has been called the "whisper heard around the world." But when a small cadre of Rio-based intellectuals mixed American jazz with local sambas, little did they know that it would prove so durable. The initial international craze, spearheaded by Astrud Gilberto's version of "Girl from Ipanema" (Garota de Ipanema) and the movie Black Orpheus (Orfeo Negro), faded gently into a shadowy but still-beloved presence. But whenever a modern Brazilian needs a good cry in his or her cerveza, it is still to these swaying, sublimely passive-aggressive tunes that he or she will turn. Luciana Souza, a São Paulo native with three Grammy nominations under her belt, is particularly adept at performing these wistfully poetic microcosms or, as she has done here, recognizing in works by non-Brazilian composers a particular kind of restrained yet insistent longing mixed with sensual sadness and nostalgia, an emotion Brazilians call saudade. That she has located it in some very unexpected places makes the album even more magical. Her richly female, woodwind-like alto floats over a sultry, sax-infused jazz combo, transforming tunes by Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Sting, Elliot Smith, Randy Newman, and James Taylor (who sits in on his own "Never Die Young"). But the most perfect, if previously unimaginable, transformation is her take on the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows"--a startling but utterly ideal encounter. Fittingly, Souza ends the program with an English-language version of one of Antonio Carlos Jobim's most beloved songs, "Waters of March" (Águas de Março), a legendary bossa nova that brings the set full circle. --Christina Roden

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Luciana Souza's Bossa Nova September 23, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is my first album for Luciana Souza and I am well impressed. Smooth voice; Smooth re composition for each song, James Taylor nicely adding his lovely voice on "Never die Young"; This album is a bouquet of nice songs of Sting, James Taylor, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. Brazilian Bossa Nova? No.
Bossa Nova Luciana Souza's style? Absolutely.
Highly recommended for all the smooth Jazz, Smooth Rock and Bossa Nova lovers, who are into some great music, composed by all the artists I mentioned above, played, twisted and sang in an absolutely lovely and charming way.
4 stars or 5 are well deserved.
Other well recommended album of a similar great style:
Joni Mitchell: Turbulent Indigo
Joni Mitchell: Taming the Tiger
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful interpretation October 27, 2007
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I love Brazilian music but, the truth be told, I especially love the classics. Among the many CDs I have of bossa nova and sambas, I tend to listen the most to the many versions I have of the same "old" stuff from Jobim, Joao Gilberto, etc. So here comes this carefully selected set of--for the most part--classic rock pieces, sang with a beautiful voice in a Brazilian style! These sound new and fresh, as if they had just been written to be played this way. And to top it all, a trip back to the classics with one of the most beautiful renditions I have heard of águas de março.
I am embarrassed to say that I did not know about Luciana Souza, but I am sure to become a fan of hers now.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars promising but ultimately boring December 6, 2007
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I love Brazilian music and bossa nova. I thought this set held real promise based on having heard a few cuts and an interview with Souza.
But the collection takes no risks and ultimately is boring. Almost all of the familiar tunes (e.g., the James Taylor cut)add nothing to the original and this listener concluded: "Why bother?"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I do love it May 23, 2013
By Uleedog
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Great lovely and haunting music for background or easy listening-- think smoky old time bar with a snifter of cognac or umbrella drink on the beach.. Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful !!! September 23, 2009
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While I can't honestly say I love every track, the ones I do love I love a lot ! The first three in particular are fabulous ...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite "yes" March 22, 2008
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The "sensual sadness and nostalgia" in Souza's voice and this musical form is perfect for those contemplative moments and memories. Reviewed on NPR, this is gently rendered selection of fine songs by a beautiful voice.
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2.0 out of 5 stars too spare, too spartan June 24, 2013
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Luciana has a wonderful voice and a delightful presence. However, these acoustic arrangements are club sets...fine for dining, frail for serious listening. Additionally, I am not crazy about rendering American tunes into bossa or samba...the problem is much serious when Brazilian tunes are translated into English--at that point, the phrasing usually suffers. Fortunately, Luciana did not make that mistake. But these songs, while lyrical enough, are not harmonically interesting enough to bear the imprint of the bossa beat. To be fair, there are plenty of earl tunes from Brasil that don't stand up within the framework of bossa, as well. But we have had years of the mature Jobim, Djavan, Lins, and even Joao Bosco and these guys are real harmonists. Joni Mitchell, using her multi-tuned guitars can fake her way into complex harmonies--but they are not reproduced on this album. Guys like James Taylor can do it occasionally as well--but there are no representations of that kind of sound here.

So--Luciana is, as always, as pure and clean a singer as you will ever hear, but her choices continue to baffle me. Her albums, with just a few exceptions, always disappoint me. This one is no different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow....what a hidden gem January 4, 2012
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Luciana S has an amazing Jazz-diva voice. The lyrics are haunting and the bossa-nova tunes can now be appreciated even if you don't understand Portuguese!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars unhappy with this cd
I had heard songs by this artist and thought I would try an album...very dissappointed in will go to the Goodwill...since I can't return it...
Published on December 10, 2011 by J. Danielsen
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine recording
This is a fine recording. The collection of songs is well thought out; there is good variation; you can get a good sense of the singer's talents; the instrumentals are clear and... Read more
Published on October 31, 2011 by dneil
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but a bit soporific...
This has some interesting treatments and arrangements of old favorites by Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, et al, arranged by Larry Klein, Mitchell's arranger as well as of other female... Read more
Published on February 8, 2010 by Joni W.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice
Luciana Souza's efforts can be hit or miss affairs in my opinion. I have her first Brazilian Duos album which is a very good album but some of her other work is dull and sometimes... Read more
Published on May 30, 2009 by V. Jeffrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamy and Magical
Wonderful cover of a Joni Mitchell tune. Enchanting duet with James Taylor. Best cover ever heard of God Only Knows by the Beach Boys. Read more
Published on February 20, 2009 by Taryn Hines
4.0 out of 5 stars A very cool mix.
Bossa nova has been in Luciana Souza's blood since she was a child growing up in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in the early '60s as the daughter of two of its innovators, Walter Santos and... Read more
Published on April 22, 2008 by power
3.0 out of 5 stars Much Better Live.
I just saw Luciana perform some songs from this album last night and of course the CD just doesn't do them justice. Read more
Published on March 31, 2008 by Dance
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice bossa nova interpretations of pop rock tunes
Luciana Souza and producer Larry Klein have taken an interesting collection of (mostly) pop rock tunes and applied a jazzy bossa styling with great depth and feel. Read more
Published on March 30, 2008 by Arnie Schachere
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