Rosemary Clooney with John Pizzarelli – Brazil {Concord}


Review by Paula Edelstein (allmusic.com)

As one of the most loved jazz vocalists, modern jazz heroines, and prolific vocalists, Rosemary Clooney gives a very beautiful and feminine side to Brazilian jazz on Brazil, a sensitive musical feeling of 16 ripe standards. This wonderful collection is dedicated to Antonio Carlos Jobim, Frank Sinatra, and Nelson Riddle through her amazing ambience of sensitive phrasing, lovely nuance, and splendid rhythmic shadings. Rosemary Clooney is joined by the lovely Diana Krall on “Boy from Ipanema” in a stunning vocal duet accompanied by Oscar Castro-Neves on guitar. John Pizzarelli sings “Wave,” with the light, airy brilliance of a light kept burning throughout the night, and duets with Clooney on “Desafinado,” “One Note Samba,” “Let Go,” “Dindi,” and the reprise of the title track, “Brazil.” Together they bring a redefined sensitivity and captivation to these Brazilian standards through their excellent harmony and melodic concepts. The songs included on Brazil display the musical integrity, wisdom, and depth of Rosemary Clooney on songs that have withstood the test of popular culture and time.

Tracks:
01 – Brazil
02 – Corcovado (Quiet Nights)
03 – Boy from Ipanema
04 – Wave
05 – Once I Loved
06 – Desafinado
07 – I Concentrate on You
08 – One Note Samba
09 – How Insensitive
10 – Let Go
11 – Dindi
12 – Waters of March
13 – Meditation
14 – Sweet Happy Life
15 – A Day in the Life of a Fool
16 – Brazil (reprise)

Personnel:
Rosemary Clooney, Diana Krall – vocals
John Pizzarelli – guitar, vocals
Oscar Castro Neves – guitar
John Oddo – piano
Gary Foster, Nino Tempo – tenor sax
George Graham, Bob Summers – trumpet
Chauncey Welsch – trombone
Chuck Berghofer – bass
Jeff Hamilton, John Ferraro – drums
Walfredo Reyes, Paulinho da Costa – percussion
Steve Kujala, Brian Scanlon, Dave Shostac, Gary Woodward – flute

Recorded at Village Recorders in Los Angeles, CA; March 15-18 & 25, 1999.
Additional recording at Capitol Records in Hollwood, CA; January 24, 2000
Year: 2000; style: Vocal Jazz, Brazilian Jazz, Bossa Nova

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork

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Natalie Cole – Stardust {Elektra}


Review by Bill Carpenter (allmusic.com)

Continuing her successful foray into the American songbook, Natalie Cole served as executive producer on her third album of pop standards. Eighteen selections, including works by Hoagy Carmichael and songs associated with Nat, Ella, Sarah, and Dinah. Big-band orchestration and a trumpet solo by Wynton Marsalis on “He Was Too Good to Me.” Guest players include Fourplay, Everette Harp, George Duke, and John Pizzarelli. Cole originally recorded Nat’s “When I Fall in Love” ballad on her Everlasting album. Here she does a duet with dad à la “Unforgettable.” She also closes the album with a solo version sung in Spanish.

Tracks:
01 – There’s a Lull in My Life
02 – Stardust
03 – Let’s Face the Music and Dance
04 – Teach Me Tonight
05 – When I Fall in Love (duet with Nat “King” Cole)
06 – What a Difference a Day Made
07 – Love Letters
08 – He was Too Good to Me
09 – Dindi (Portuguese)
10 – Two for the Blues
11 – If Love Ain’t There
12 – To Whom it May Concern
13 – Where Can I Go Without You
14 – Ahmad’s Blues
15 – Pick Yourself Up
16 – If You Could See Me Now
17 – Like a Lover
18 – This Morning it was Summer

Personnel:
Natalie Cole – vocals, background vocals
John Chiodini, John Pizzarelli, Lee Ritenour – guitar
Paul Jackson Jr. – electric guitar
Toots Thielemans – harmonica
Jon Clarke – oboe
Dan Higgins, Michael Brecker – tenor saxophone
Everette Harp – alto saxophone
Wynton Marsalis – trumpet
George Bohannon – trombone
Terry Trotter – piano, fender rhodes piano
Rob Mounsey, Bob James – piano, keyboards
Michael Lang – piano
Nat “King” Cole – vocals, organ
George Duke – vibraphone
Chris Parker, John “J.R.” Robinson, Harvey Mason Sr., John Guerin,
Ralph Penland, Harold Jones – drums
Paulinho Da Costa, Rafael Padilla, Bashiri Johnson – percussion

Released on September 24, 1996

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork