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Big Band Bossa Nova Import
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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.Read more ›
i love this kind of music so if you want some of the best in high resolution stereo in PCM, DTS-HD-MA or Dolby TrueHD in 2.0, this is the disc you want. i'm a proud owner, wish they make more of stuff like this. put it on at a party and your friends will love you for it. Run, don't walk to buy this one!
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.
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.Read more ›
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Enoch Light (1907-1978) was the conductor of his own orchestra, The Light Brigade, since 1935. Read more
The good music never gets old, this album also includes songs of "Let's dance the bossa nova" by Enoch Light of course so it's a very good offer. Read morePublished 13 months ago by v3_86mx
Enoch Light is overlooked when Big Band music comes to mind, but is one of the best musicians ever !Published 15 months ago by Sheridan Umphress
If your feet don't move listening to this CD, have someone check your pulse! Twenty-four, big band songs. Just some hot, hopping music. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Nick Pusloskie
Don't overlook these big band boss's nova arrangements. Very similar to the Quincy Jones same titled album which is also very good. RecommendedPublished 22 months ago by nancy a. dorner