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- Released: July 30, 2002
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Milestone
- 1.Macumba Chant
- 2.Rio Strut
- 4.Vi£va Negra
- 5.Samba de Luar
- 6.Xaxado Quente
- 7.A Ra
- 9.Mas Que Nada
- 10.Flyin' to Rio
- 11.Cidade Maravilhosa
Personnel: Carlos Pingarilho (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica); Ithamara Koorax (vocals, percussion); Palmyra (vocals); Dino Rangel (electric guitar); Claudio Roditi (trumpet); Joao Donato (piano); Deodato (Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer); Paula Faour (Wurlitzer organ, background vocals); Jorge Pescara (upright bass, electric bass); Dom Um Romao (drums, percussion); Laudir DeOliveira (congas, percussion); Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Thiago de Mello (percussion); DJ Fino (sampler, scratches, background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Doug Payne.
Recording information: Century, Piermont, NY (01/2001-02/2002); Fox Booth, Piermont, NY (01/2001-02/2002); JSR, Piermont, NY (01/2001-02/2002); Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (01/2001-02/2002); Tricky-Tack Studios, Piermont, NY (01/2001-02/2002); Usina, Piermont, NY (01/2001-02/2002).
Photographers: Andrea Orgam; Celso Brando; Arnaldo DeSouteiro.
Arrangers: Claudio Roditi; Deodato; Carlos Pingarilho; Jorge Pescara; Dino Rangel; Ithamara Koorax; Paula Faour; Thiago de Mello.
When a lover of Brazilian music hears the name Brazil All-Stars, it is easy for his/her imagination to run wild. One starts to fantasize about a Brazilian dream project in which Ivan Lins, Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, Astrud and Joao Gilberto, Djavan, Dori Caymmi, Gilberto Gil, Raul De Souza, Gal Costa, and Daniela Mercury are in the room at the same time. Well, none of those people are present on Rio Strut, but the collective known as the Brazil All-Stars does boast an impressive list of participants -- including keyboardist Eumir Deodato, singer Ithamara Koorax, producer/percussionist Arnaldo DeSouteiro, drummer Dom Um Romao, trumpeter Claudio Roditi, guitarist Dino Rangel, and pianist Joao Donato. Seeing those names, one greets this CD with high expectations -- and Rio Strut is a fine collection of Brazilian jazz and Brazilian pop (or, as they say in Portuguese, MPB -- Musica Popular Brasileira). As its title indicates, this DeSouteiro-produced CD tends to favor a Rio de Janeiro-ish approach (as opposed to a Sao Paolo or Salvador, Bahia type of sound). Some of the selections were, in fact, recorded in Rio, although some were recorded in Piermont, NY. And because a variety of people are involved, diversity prevails. Roditi offers an exuberant blend of hard bop and samba on "Xaxado Quente," whereas a softer, more laid-back style of Brazilian pop-jazz is heard on Donato's "A Ra," Deodato's "Rio Strut," and Rangel's "Antigua" (which isn't unlike something Azymuth would have done in the '80s). Koorax, meanwhile, has a memorable and funky spot on Jorge Ben's "Mas Que Nada," which was recorded live in London and finds the singer joining forces with Dom Um Romao. From vocals to instrumentals, Rio Strut is yet another project that DeSouteiro can be proud of. ~ Alex Henderson
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