|Thanks to our friend Mitch Mitchell for
forwarding the latest album by the Club Brasil Crew 'Sangue Latino 2' for review, it has
been a great few months with three other wonderful Brazilian albums reviewed by myself,
Slowdown, Steve Barta and Jane Duboc.
Once again Mitch and Lisa Brown have produced the album and the excellent John Crawford
who is featured throughout the set on keyboards also arranged most of the tracks along
with bassist Andres La Fone.
Like their previous outing on Sangue
Latino 1 the tried and trusted formula has been adhered to with an eclentic mix of
Brazilian songs, self penned cuts and a classic interpretation of the Stevie Wonder track
'The Real Thing' made popular by Sergio Mendes in 1977 for Elektra, this time Victoria
Newton sings the Bonnie Bowden's lead with a similar up-tempo arrangement with Guillermo
Hill's on acoustic nylon guitar surpassing the original version by Oscar Castro-Neves with
lightning chord changes and a dazzling solo.
also sings and scats impressively on the uptempo samba 'New Morning' which is a typical
Sergio Mendes excursion from the 70's and 80's and this time John Crawford uses a more
'Grand Piano' sound in the George Duke mould for vamping chords and impressive riffs which
exchange with a solid percussion throughout in a call and response technique. The flute
sounds like Nestor Torres or Herbie Mann and adds creativity in the breaks.
Mendes performs five tracks on the album in Portugese which really cements the
authenticity of a truly Brazilian project for me, from the opening Marcos Valle penned
track 'Mentira' a mid tempo strut with Finn Peters on flute providing those smooth
interludes with John Crawford's 'Eumir Deodato' sounding electric piano adding chord
splashes and Hill's wah wah guitar adding a touch of 'retro' from the 70's and those
wonderful 'CTI' albums.
Azul' is an exotic treasure trove with soft vocals in the Joyce, Sylvinha Telles or Gal
Costa vein, electric piano, guitar and close harmonies in the break and a pulsating rhythm
Em Itapoan' is the classic Vinicius De Moraes bossa and was also performed by Sergio
Mendes all those years ago amongst others and lends itself to the myriad of traditional
Brazilian percussion instruments played by Oli Albergaria Savill. There is another Hubert
laws sounding flute solo which shares centre stage with the poignant chord sequences.
Ive's sensitive phrasing manages to realise every inference of the compelling lyrics.
Me Encontra' is a ballad accompanied with a sprinkling of guitar and electric piano and
one which highlights the velvet vocal tone of Ive and the sheer elegance of the melody.
Once again John Crawford's mastery of the keyboard adds such a realism and panache that
this track could have been recorded 30-40 years ago during the bossa boom and not be out
last track on this marvellous set is Tom Jobim's 'So Tinha Se ser Com Voce' and I such in
a much purer voice than the original from Astrud Gilberto, it is a soft bossa which I
expect is a tribute to the work of the great master as much as a highly structured
Finn Peters joins up with the Vida Nova line up for a Dave Valentine type track, an
uptempo flute lead gem which again shows off his free flowing nuances and the acute
rhythmic piano of John Crawford.
Brown sings two tracks on the album 'Brazil Night' and 'Three Angels' which have also been
penned by her and John Crawford, they are more sedate than what has gone before and more
experimental than the free flowing tracks which preceed them.
The instrumentation is superb throughout
this album and the energy unrelenting from these very talented and enthusiastic London
based musicans. The whole package has a pristine feel and adds to the growing reputation
that Mitch Mitchell and Club Brasil have established during the past few years. As I said
before, it is a wonderful tribute that Brazilian music is alive and well and the legacy is
being carried on today especially in the United Kingdom.
Wes Gillespie - EuroClubdeJazz.com
idea for a compilation -
Brazilian grooves re-done by a collective of younger artists! The choice of tunes is
impeccable - and tracks include tunes first made famous by the likes of Marcos Valle, Lo
Borges, Joyce, Kitty Winter, Sergio Mendes, and others
by a core group of musicians who work the grooves with loads of jazzy touches!
Instrumentation includes keyboards, flute, and guitar
tracks have vocals from a rotating array of singers that include Ive Mendes, Lisa Brown,
and Victoria Newton. The whole thing's great, as wonderful (perhaps more so) as any recent
projects of this nature from Far Out or Mr Bongo - with titles that include
"Mentira", "O Trem Azul", "Tarde Em Itapoan", "The Real
Thing", "Brazil Night", "Feminina", and "Three Angels".
from Dusty Groove America
Latino 2 Press Release
Club Brasil Records presents Sangue Latino
2 the 2nd instalment of a series of albums bringing together the finest talents from the
UK's Latin Jazz scene.This album features 5 killer cut's from Ive Mendes the new Brasilian
music diva,who's debut album (Ive Mendes) on the Mr Bongo label is getting rave reviews
world wide (top 20 in Spain, Philippines, Hong Kong etc)
album opens with Ive's super funky version of the Marcos Velle classic 'Mentira' which is
already a dance floor classic on London's Latin club scene.
serves up a couple of chilled out treats with her versions of 'O Trem Azul' and the
timeless 'Preciso Me Encontra' from the movie 'City Of God'.
featured are debut tracks from Jazz maestro's Finn Peters (a fantastic flute solo version
of the Joyce anthem 'Feminina') and Victoria Newton (super versions of 'New Morning' &
'The Real Thing')
Brown from London's Latin jazz band Vida Nova introduces two self-penned gems 'Brasil
Night' and 'Three Angels' which highlight her growing ability as a singer/songwriter.
album is a terrific follow up to Sangue Latino 1 & it's not to be missed