V.A. Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection (2014)

Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Legacy Recordings
Genre: Jazz, Bossa Nova, Lounge, Easy Listening
Total Time: 42:52 min
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: Lossless
Total Size: 310 mb

01. Bill Withers – Lovely Day (Studio Rio Version) (03:57)
02. Marcos Valle – Walk On By (Studio Rio Version) (03:18)
03. Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing (Studio Rio Version) (04:07)
04. Billie Holiday – You’ve Changed (Studio Rio Version) (03:46)
05. Sly & The Family Stone – Family Affair (Studio Rio Version) (03:50)
06. Pretinho Da Serrinha – It’s Your Thing (Studio Rio Version) (03:05)
07. Mel Torme – I’ve Got You Under My Skin (Studio Rio Version) (03:09)
08. Nina Simone – 1 Wish 1 Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free (Studio Rio Version) (04:52)
09. Johnny Nash – 1 Can See Clearly Now (Studio Rio Version) (03:10)
10. Dave Brubeck – Take Five (Studio Rio Version) (02:52)
11. Marcos Valle – Music To Watch Girls By (Studio Rio Version) (02:59)
12. Sarah Vaughan – Summertime (Studio Rio Version) (03:28)

In this unusual pairing, German production team the Berman Brothers (real life brothers Christian and Frank Berman) set up shop in Rio de Janeiro to assemble this compilation of classic American songs set to Brazilian samba and bossa nova backing tracks. Somehow obtaining the rights to the original recordings of songs like Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing,” Billie Holiday’s “You’ve Changed,” and Sly & the Family Stone’s “Family Affair,” the Bermans have set the original vocal performances to lively new backing tracks by a crack band of Brazilian studio musicians, including legends like Marcos Valle and Roberto Menescal. While many would consider this a novelty album of sorts, the catalog of tunes they’ve chosen adapts quite well to the laid-back musical style, and hearing vintage Aretha Franklin and the Isley Brothers sing over tasteful tropical arrangements makes for a surprisingly enjoyable listen.

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