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Live at the Blue Note

4.5 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 19, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Drg
  • ASIN: B000GYHR5G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,157 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Richard Baran on October 1, 2006
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Awesome! She says, " Ifeel Like I'm in your Livingroom". She truly is in this small acoustical environement. Her voice never fails her; but I was surprised at how low her conversational voce was for a Diva, that can outdo anyone in vocal range. Obrigada, GAl. So if you want the brazilian classic bossa nova/samba jazz created by the masters; Jobim,de Moraes, et.,only Gal can muster that feat vocally.
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It was a great pleasure to find a so high quality live recording, much better than anyone could expect. Recorded in Tokio, with special setlist and made specially for exportation and overseas countries, whoever appreciates Brazilian music with the best musical arrangements could have been performed, will enjoy and ask for ENCORE!
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Gal Costa's Live at the Blue Note is a relaxed live concert. Her rapport with the audience at her May 19,2006 NYC is refreshing. She shows herself to be a true musician. Her voice is as energizing as yerba mate,as smooth and warm as Brazilian hot chocolate. Her singing is organic and natural, flowing like the ancient Amazon river from the depths of the rainforest. Gal Costa was at the forefront of the '60s tropicalista movement in Brazil,the South American version of the psychedelic/hippie movement. She still sings MPB (popular music),but on this album she excels with relaxed bossa nova and samba.

The opening song,"Fotografia",is reflective,and slightly bittersweet. Her "Chega de Saudade" and "Camisa Amarela" turn the mood from melancholy to quietly joyous. Her "Ave Maria No Morro" blends the spiritual with the sensual. It's a surprise,amidst all of Antonio Carlos Jobim's bossa nova. Her "I fall in love too easily" and "As time goes by" are Brazilian tributes to '40s jazz classics. One can imagine Casablanca set at the Copacabana. Her "Corcovado", "Sabado em Copacabana" and "Aquarela do Brasil" are joyous,gentle odes to Brazil. (Luckily,she doesn't sing Barry Manilow's "Copacabana",though she'd make it tasteful&better than the original!) She sings "Felicidade" (also covered by nueva bossa nova diva Bebel Gilberto),giving it a smooth approach. Her version of "Girl from Ipanema" is a touching tribute to the original.

Gal Costa makes bossa nova timeless. "Live at the Blue Note" brings the concert to the comfort of your home. Drink down like a capirinha and enjoy!
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As she warms to her audience and the band settles in, this becomes a near perfect album to play on a comfortable Spring evening. No individual performance stood out, for me. More how the group played together.

Romantic and playful.
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I like gal costa
But this album is better than others live cds
That she made bedore
Its a mix between jazz and bossa nova
Delicious
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Gal Costa is usually accustomed to singing before large crowds in her native Brazil. On this recording she finds herself in a somewhat unusual environment at a legendary New York jazz club. This small, intimate venue gives her an opportunity to showcase her beautiful voice and impressive vocal technique. Gal, who had dabbled in jazz standards before (e.g. Plural), gives an excellent jazz-infused treatment of the Bossa Nova standards, displaying a deep understanding of jazz sensibility. Her distinct voice had matured with age like great wine, and now has a slighly smoky quality, perfect for jazz rendition. On this date she is backed by an excellent combo. All in all - a tremendous record.
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I like so much this album. Excellent performances by Gal and her musicians. I have no doubt I made a great purchase. I strongly suggest you for buying it if you really enjoy the bossa-nova rithms.
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