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Bia's opening "Jardim" smoothly combines bossa nova with a Gallic sensibility. Nancy Vieira and Tito Paris bring in the sunbaked sounds of Cape Verde. 2raumwohnung have a melancholy Teutonic jazz song... yes, there is such a thing as Teutonic jazz Tom&Joy's "Meditation" is a cover of an Antonio Carlos Jobim song that Frank Sinatra popularized. Tom Naim hails from Paris, like Yael Naïm. Dusko Goykovich brings a Serbian Gypsy flavor to Brazilian jazz. Hilde Hefte's "Vakker Natt" brings some Rio sunshine into Norway (perhaps midnight sun is more fitting?) Stacey Kent&Jim Tomlinson give a slow, somewhat folksy cover of "So Nice" (Bebel Gilberto did a jazzier version with the late Serbian DJ Suba on Tanto Tempo) Monla brings some Seoul to bossa nova in "Railroad." Kad Achouri pays tribute to his immigrant father in the final song.
Most of the singers/groups in "Bossa Nova Around the World" are French, showing a kinship between Sao Paulo and Paris. Chanson and bossa nova are musical cousins. Listen to the sounds of sunshine!
"PUTUMAYO PRESENTS: BOSSA NOVA AROUND THE WORLD"
A nice mellow set of neo-bossa nova from all across the world -- from Brazil (of course), Canada, Cape Verde, Mexico and even Norway and Serbia (where they probably *really* need the sunny vibes...) There are several tracks by French artists -- that nouvelle scene is still going strong, and very bossa-friendly -- although sadly nothing by Japanese guitarist Lisa Ono, who is an icon of non-Brazilian bossa worship. As with the best of these various-artist outings, this introduces listeners to several previously unknown artists; for me perhaps the biggest discovery was the German indie/agitpop duo, 2raumwohnung, who apparently have several really fun albums out. Time for a trip to the old Record Hut to track a couple down! Overall, another nice set from the folks at Putumayo -- didn't blow my mind, but it sure sounds nice on the stereo. (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue Guide To Brazilian Music)
As has been typical of my experience with Putumayo, the recording is clear, free of distortion and all cuts are recorded at the same volume level.
You can work while you're listening and
the music won't interfere with you. I
recommend this cd and others by
Putumayo. Excellent collection.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is happy music. It's great even if I can't understand the lyrics.Published 4 months ago by Sharon Gray
I'm afraid I'm going to melt this CD I listen to it so much! As Stan Lee would say 'nuff said'!Published 9 months ago by David Charles Rubio
Putumayo never disappoints! This is a wonderful sampling of Bossa Nova music.Published 11 months ago by catmother1
I love this cd. The tunes are interesting and I look forward to hearing them on my ride home from work,and I enjoyhearing them being sung in a foreign language.Published 13 months ago by NY cat lover
I like these compilations albums because they introduce me to new artist. This one is no exception. Putumayo does a great job of choosing songs and artist that no what Bossa Nova... Read morePublished 22 months ago by BroLip
The CD arrived quickly and surpassed my expectations. Very enjoyable and soothing music.Published on July 4, 2014 by Mary Sheffer