Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Ana Caram - Maracana

While holding on tight to her bossa nova base, Caram ranges further afield in this Chesky outing to other strains of Brazilian music, even somewhat outside the country. Caram expands her palette to include a three-piece horn section -- Steve Sacks, Al Hunt (reeds), David Sacks (trombone) -- from whose versatile hands emerge a pocket-sized big band, a soulful flute choir, and other novel combinations. An occasional cello adds a brooding lyrical element, while an Argentine bandoneon sounds a bit cheesy and sentimental, and Caram herself plays an "electric" guitar with nylon strings -- which sounds only slightly more gleaming than an acoustic model. The album's clever title is the name of the title track, Brazil's biggest soccer stadium and an anagram of the singer's own name, though exactly why it reflects Caram's "two sides" as suggested in the packaging remains unclear from the album's contents. While it is a worthwhile experiment, this CD isn't as focused and as attractive as Caram's U.S. debut, Rio After Dark. - by Richard S. Ginell, AMG


Artist: Sonny Rollins
Album: This Is What I Do
Year: 2000
Label: Milestone
Runtime: 48:19

Tracks:
1.  Africando (Lula Barbosa/Wismar Rabello) 3:46
2.  Maybe (Luis Simas/Ellen Schwartz) 3:38
3.  De flor em flor (From Flower to Flower) (Djavan) 5:49
4.  Sem querer (You'll Never Know) (Harry Warren/Mack Gordon) 3:00
5.  Bem querer (Chevallier Servante) (Taeko Onuki/Nelson Motta) 3:58
6.  La Mentira (The Lie) (Alvaro Carrillo) 3:31
7.  A voz do morro (The Voice on the Hill) (Alvaro Carrillo) 4:12
8.  Lindeza (Beauty) (Caetano Veloso) 3:40
9.  Rio de Janeiro (Ary Barbosa) 3:57
10.  "Nossos amores" que reste-t-il de nos amours (I Wish You Love) (Charles Trenet/Leda Spinardi) 3:50
11.  Papel maché (Paper Maché) (Joao Bosco-Capinan) 4:09
12.  Maracana (Francis Hime/Paulo Cesar Pinheiro) 5:11

Personnel:

Ana Caram (Vocals and Guitar)
Cliff Korman (Piano and Synthesizer)
David Finck (Double Bass)
Duduka da Fonseca (Drums and Percussion)
Steve Sacks (Flute, Alto Flute, Tenor and Soprano Saxophone)
Al Hunt (Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, English Horn)
Erik Friedlander (Cello)
Raul Jaurena (Bandoneon)

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