Two acoustic-guitar aces, Laurindo Almeida and Charlie Byrd, who were instrumental (no pun intended) in popularizing Brazilian bossa nova to American audiences (and subsequently, the world), join forces and stretch out on some tunes from, well, Brazil. The languid, sultry rhythms, the immaculate picking, the superbly tasteful backing by Milt Holland and Bob Magnusson–all one would need now is a floral-print shirt, an outdoor cafe (or porch), and one's favorite libation to live a life free from care and woe for at least as long as this disc plays. ~ CDUniverse
The album name speaks for itself, there is nothing to add here. Beautiful, melodious music. A good sound and the pleasant unostentatious mix slightly surrounding the listener. An excellent disk for background listening or for a relaxation, rest.
"Alma Sertaneja" brings together 14 classics of country music, an instrumental version. Hits like "Majetade, o sabia”, "Eu Juro (I swear)," "É o Amor", among others, that will thrill fans of country music.
This Sergio Mendes-produced release from 1987 was the last complete studio effort from the greatest female jazz/pop singer of the 20th Century (apologies to Ella). It is also a beautifully sung and orchestrated compilation of latin-influenced jazz, in the vein of Jobim, Getz, Gilberto, etc. A must for any fan of the genre, or anyone who wishes to get acquainted with the incredible vocal range of the magnificant Miss V. All ten cuts are special, but listen to "Wanting More" and the closer, "Your Smile" to get chills up your spine.