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Seu Jorge And Almaz

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Listening to this remarkable album for the first time you'll surely be struck first by the deep, soul-piercing voice of that great Brazilian singer, Seu Jorge. Yes: he's a singer first and foremost. Many may know him as an actor for his screen-stealing performances in the likes of Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic and Fernando Meirelles City Of God but Seu has known since he was a child that we was destined to sing. He s a Brazilian singer who speaks the truth through samba, to paraphrase a well-known Seu Jorge quote. But this project is about a band: Almaz. Drummer Pupillo and guitarist Lucio Maia from the stalwart Nação Zumbi; bassist and composer Antonio Pinto from the soundstages of movies starring Seu Jorge. They came together naturally to record a song for a Walter Salles film; they enjoyed the experience so much that they recorded an entire album of music that inspired them. Songs famous within the Brazilian diaspora (Tim Maia, Jorge Ben) mesh with classic American (Roy Ayers, Michael Jackson) and European (Kraftwerk, Cane and Abel) soul songs begging for a bit of psychedelic samba. They enlisted producer and fellow Brazileiro Mario C. (Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson) to put the finishing touches on the project. Their album is both warm and dark; psychedelic and yet grounded, uplifting but at times somber. To listen to it is to join them in the studio, where the only bandleader is the music and the only agenda is to follow your heart.

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No nation is currently hotter than Brazil when it comes to cinema and music. And, currently, no Brazilian artist is attracting more heat than Seu Jorge --British Broadcasting Corporation
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 27, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: July 27, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Now Again
  • ASIN: B003QO8TO6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,419 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In the interest of full disclosure let me start by saying that I'm not Brazilian and I don't speak Portuguese. I do listen to a lot of world music though, and I discovered Seu while traveling in Brazil. In my opinion, he has developed a pattern with his albums. Carolina: great. Cru: not great. America Brasil o Disco: great. This album: not great. I hope the lyrics on this album make up for some pretty sleepy music. Hold off until his next album, which is sure to be great!
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Like many, I "discovered" Seu Jorge through his reprises of Bowie, which remains a pearl in the musical landscape to this day.
I then tried his other, jazz, works, but must admit I was less attracted to it, not being a fan of the genre.
With this latest work, Seu Jorge has produced another solid, pleasurable, savant piece of music.
He deftly powders his under-the-surface, darker, "rock'n'roll" self into his bright brasilian musicality.
The result is an eerie, soft-toned but passionating sound. Pure bliss.

Thank you again, Mr Jorge !
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Seu Jorge (pronounced in Portuguese: E-see-eh-ooh Zhoh-zhee, with "zh" sounding like "Zsa" as in Zsa-zsa Gabor) is a Brasilero (Brazilian for male national) from the favelas (ghettos) of Belford Roxo in the State of Rio. He demeanor exudes "legal" (cool) and he has this deep throaty voice that seemingly "can only" come from the Brazilian Portuguese landscape. He is best known in America (and the West) for the soulful David Bowie covers in the movie "The Life Aquatic" - captured in the album "The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions" (listen to the track "Starman" in particular).

He has also released a couple of his own albums ("Carolina", "America Brasil"), along with doing collaboration work and movies. Notably his deep and smooth voice is showcased in the mixed lounge song by "Bid" featuring Seu Jorge called "E Depois". This track has been featured on many albums including "Brazilian Lounge" by Putumayo.

His recent album he shares stardom with the three other musicians on their new album, simply titled "Seu Jorge and Almaz". This album takes a brief moment to take in, it's a uncharacteristic to the typical Brazil Sambas drawing gringos to record store racks. It has this pyhscodelic trance surreal quality about it and feels aloof giving it an instant "legal" (legal is slang for 'cool' in Brazilian) feeling like a strung out rock star.

While no new ground is being covered with this album, the groove is tight, the chops fresh and surreal off key sounding. The sounds are slightly jazzy drums, smooth vocals, and supple bass lines; it's an example of a good organic album. In fact, NPR (National Public Radio) named it number #1 Latin Album for 2010. A strung out and trippy cool album, featuring tracks in both English and Portuguese is must have for any discerning world music fan.
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I heard about this album on NPR. I have to admit I was immediately attracted to the music just because of the Portuguese language. To someone who doesn't speak portuguese, the words sound so familiar and they flow in the song so smoothly. Seu Jorge's voice is one of a kind. He sounds like he's been through so much. The band accompanying him does what I think all great Brazilian artists do: they make the music sound effortless and slightly lackadaisical. It's as if they aren't trying to sound tight together, yet the rhythm still feels steady. I especially love the song Everybody Loves the Sunshine. Just listen to it.
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This artist got my attention because his voice reminded me of Gil Scott Heron, strong voice. I'd like to hear him do more Roy Ayers.
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Very good concept cd. Big fan of Seu. l like that he's open to various styles of music. Looking forward to his next CD.
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