Andy Sheppard is a British jazz saxophonist and composer. He has been awarded several prizes at the British Jazz Awards, and has worked with some notable figures in contemporary jazz, including Gil Evans, Carla Bley, George Russell and Steve Swallow. Naná Vasconcelos was a Brazilian percussionist, vocalist and berimbau player, notable for his work as a solo artist on over two dozen albums, and as a backing musician with Pat Metheny, Don Cherry, Egberto Gismonti, Gato Barbieri, and Milton Nascimento.
Nana Grizol is a rock band from Athens, Ga. The band formed in the beginning of 2007 and in 2008 released their first album "Love It, Love It." since then they have toured nationally several times and continued to grow. And change. And be new. And old. The current lineup features Theo Hilton, Laura Carter, Robbie Cucchiaro, Jared Gandy, and Matte Cathcart. Ursa Minor, is the long-awaited follow up to Nana Grizol's second album, "Ruth," a potent mix of revved up melodic folk punk, laced with intricate horn arrangements and sleazy, ripping guitars. It alternates between contemplative, beautiful folk arrangements and blasting rock and roll, often within the same song.
"Aquarela do Brasil," an unofficial anthem of Brazil, may have received literally thousands of different version and interpretations, but even then, Egberto and Brazilian percussionist Naná Vasconcelos (his sole accompanist here) were able to devise an extremely original version, which opens with an unassuming stylized samba introduction, slowly bringing elements which conduce the listener to the piece's identification. Egberto is very fond of percussive attacks and ethereal configurations, both acquiring superior importance in his music, not being necessarily attached to or supportive for a musical theme or melody.
A newly remastered definitive anthology of one of the world's best loved popular singers. In her 30 year career, Mouskouri has sold over 300 million albums worldwide and continues to enthrall audiences everywhere. This selection draws from the full spectrum of her recording career. The task of compiling a single-disc best-of collection for legendary Greek chanteuse Nana Mouskouri is virtually impossible, but this 21-track retrospective, spanning the singer's career and incorporating a range of musical styles, is an excellent introduction for the novice or casual fan.
Nana, the protagonist is a woman starting from absolute poverty managed to climb the social ladder to the highest echelons.
Nana (Anna Sten) is a young woman who dreams of success in the entertainment world. For this reason he works tirelessly in Paris. One day he has a stroke of luck, and admirer decides to create a musical revue where Nana is the only star. This will launch to fame, and soon finds himself surrounded by numerous fans, who are eager to meet her in person. Among his admirers are veteran Grand Duke Alexis, and a young gallant who is soon starting a romance.