Lalo Schifrin – Bossa Nova: New Brazilian Jazz
Lalo Schifrin – Bossa Nova: New Brazilian Jazz is an album by Argentine composer, pianist and conductor Lalo Schifrin recorded in 1962 and released on the Audio Fidelity label. The album was released during the height of the popularity of bossa nova music in the early 1960s and was one of Schifrin’s earliest solo albums after leaving Dizzy Gillespie’s band.
jazztimes.com: Time warp. Originally released in 1962 under the title Lalo Schifrin – Bossa Nova: New Brazilian Jazz, this reissue features four members of the 1957 Dizzy Gillespie quintet delving into Brazilian music. But despite the high-caliber performers this album is a good example of the sum of all parts not adding up to something greater.
Lalo Schifrin – Bossa Nova: New Brazilian Jazz possesses that familiar fast tempo of the gone-by Carmen Miranda era, a time when Brazilian music was new to U.S. audiences. Castro-Neves’ “Chora Tua Tristeza,” for example, loses its original sad feeling with a fast samba approach. The same annoying speed is found in Paulo and Madrid’s “Bossa em Nova York.” It is clear that there is a fixation with fast drumming and lots of hissing percussion in Brazilian Jazz. Quite frankly, you will find yourself running out of breath at the end of this album because of its fast pace.
Aside from a minor liner-note error transposing Maysa Matarazzo’s name in the credits for “Ouca,” what is really bothersome here is the overall tone of these renditions. Even for 1962, these arrangements are clunky and dated. From the first track, “O Amor e a Rosa,” the frantic rhythms and tambourine solos are stereotypical and distracting.
If you listen to Brazilian Jazz from a historical point of view, it might work. This is the same music that inspired artists such as Stan Getz and Quincy Jones to Brazilian music. Otherwise, after five or six tracks, Brazilian Jazz lends itself to background music –By Egidio Leitao
- 0:02——– “Bistro”
- 2:31——– “Chora Tua Tristeza”
- 5:11——– “Poema Do Adeus”
- 8:31——– “O Apito No Samba”
- 11:22—— “Chega De Saudade”
- 16:42—— “Bossa Em Nova York”
- 18:37—— “O Amor E A Rosa”
- 22:10—— “O Menino Desce O Morro” (Little Brown Boy)
- 24:40—— “Menina Feia”
- 27:07—— “Ouça”
- 31:09—— “Samba De Uma Nota So”
- 34:57—— “Patinho Feio” (aka Ugly Duckling)
Release Date 1962
Licence YouTube standard