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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, John Eyles, Jack Ashby


Various Artistes
1985 - 1997



1. Dear Dee Vee - Tania Maria
2. Nao Esta Colando ( I'm Not Buying It ) - Ali Ryerson featuring Weber Drummond, Helcio Milito, Romero Lubambo, Sergio
3. Samba For Claudio - Hendrik Muerkens with special guest Claudio Roditi
4. Samba D'Orpheo - Charlie Byrd with special guest Ken Peplowski
5. Samba All Day Long - Jorge Dalto & The Interamerican Band
6. Pedra Bonita - Trio Da Paz featuring Romero Lubambo, Daduka Fonseca, Nilson Matta with Claudio Roditi
7. Recado Bossa Nova - Joanne Brackeen
8. Samba Cruz - Jeff Linsky featuring Claudia Villela
9. Frajola - Manredo Fest
10. Samba Do Cantor - Flora Purim & Airto
11. Street Samba - Marcos Silva and Intersection

This is a fascinating compilation of contemporary Latin music dating from 1985- 1997. There is an abundance of different styles and approaches, but the overall effect is one of great swing and joie de vivre. It is a pity that Concord did not deem it necessary to print more comprehensive details regarding the personnel on these recordings. Whilst the main proponents are named it seems to be assumed that we all know who plays what! I would think that the listener would be more inclined to look for further examples of the works of some of the artists featured here if a little mare detail and background were given . The original albums are cited but it would be helpful to know more about the musicians, both in terms of instrumentation and biography.

"Dear Dee Vee" features the vocalisations of Tania Maria who has, to my ears, more than a hint of Flora Purim in her delivery - the first part of this track seems to consist of her making comments either of instruction or exhortation, my Spanish is not adequate enough to decipher this, and then matters fall into a more straightforward format.

" Samba For Claudio", apart from including Claudio Roditi ( of Dizzy Gillespie's United Nations Orchestra fame ) has some highly effective harmonica playing -I assume by Hendrik Meurkens . " Samba D'Orpheo " is sometimes known as " Black Orpheus " and is interesting in its authenticity in that it is performed by one of the original proponents of the Bossa Nova - Charlie Byrd. Also on this track we are regaled by the lyrical and inventive tenor saxophone of Ken Peplowski. Personally I prefer his excursions on the clarinet, but there is no doubting his prowess on the larger horn.

With " Samba All Day Long " we are back to the problem of who does what ? This is a shame on this selection in particular as there is some great flute playing throughout. Other highspots for me are the JoAnne Brackeen number ( " Recado Bossa Nova") and Airto and Flora Purim on " Samba Do Cantor" - I think Purim's delivery of this type of tune is second to none.

Overall this is a highly enjoyable disc my only reservations being as previously stated. However it is more than worth the purchase price.

Dick Stafford


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