‘Tis the season… it’s late autumn (duh. but some of us live on the bottom side of our planet earth, so, just saying.) The school term is coming to an end, and with it, a bunch of exams and papers are due. So my current mood, in case you’ve been wondering, is busy-busy and cold with a splash of rain and a whisk of storm. So, as a result, I’ve been sitting around a lot, trying to get some knowledge into my head and listening to less intrusive and in-your-face type of music. I’ve been going through my instrumental beat albums, my Middle Eastern and Caribbean/South American-influenced bits as well as unearthing the odd jazz or soul album I happen to have in my collection. (I might post a list of good reading music a bit later.)
One such great album I got from my mum a couple of years back. True story: she was dating this guy (who I never met) for a short while and he gave her this CD as a present. Now, my mom is not exactly your avid music collector, and she’s probably never owned anything close to jazz. The dating stopped pretty abruptly (though not the CD’s fault), and her ungrateful ass eventually asked me if I had any use for it. Sure… thanks mom. That was the first time ever she gave me a CD I actually wanted. (And passing on prezzies she doesn’t need is one of her trademarks, btw. ;) ) Now, years later, I’ve pulled it out again and it must be due to my old age (getting on 31) and my increasing maturity that I enjoy this more than ever.
The story behind this compilation album is the following: Stan Getz (saxophone) interprets Carlos Jobim’s compositions of this mix between Brazilian rhythm and cool jazz. The thing came to be known as bossa nova. These recordings were made between 1962 and 1964.
Some nice mellow music with a tropical feel for Sunday afternoons, unstereotypical holiday dinners or… as I said, winter reading up at the library.
1. Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars)
2. Desafinado (instrumental version)
3. Chega De Saudade
4. Girl From Ipanema
5. O Morro Não Tem Vez
6. Vivo Sonhando (Dreamer)
7. One Note Samba (instrumental version)
8. Eu E Voce (Me And You)
9. Desafinado (vocal version)
10. Once Again (Outra Vez)
11. O Grande Amor
12. Só Danço Samba
13. How Insensitive
14. One Note Samba (vocal version)