Cat No. CB05
- THE IPANEMA SET -
- VOLUME 1-
Take It Easy My
Don't You Worry
'Bout A Thing
For Ana Maria
Cravo E Canela
Waters Of March
Toque De Cuica
Valeria Lobao -
Mariana Feo - Vocals
Victoria BeeBee - Vocals
Tomas Improta - Keyboards
Robertinho Silva - Percussion
Jurim Moreira - Drums
Gabriel Improta - Guitar
Alberto Continentino - Bass
Andrea Ernst Dias - Flute
Jesse do Nascimento - Horns
jazzy and wonderful - the latest effort from CLUB
BRASIL and a swirling bit of new Brazilian beats that's steeped
in classic 70's fusion touches!
The project is similar to this labels' Sangue Latino sets but features
Tomas Improta, the legendary Brazilian Pianist for Caetano Veloso,
world famous percussionist Robertinho Silva and some of the most famous
musicians from Brazil's music scene during the past 30 years.
This all-star line-up remake some of the best remembered grooves from
the Rio scene of the 60's and 70's mixing together light electric and
acoustic sounds to give the tunes a whole new lease of life.
the project with female vocals in both English and Portuguese are
titles such as 'Take it easy my brother Charles', 'Te Caliente', 'Sei
La' and Crickets Sing For Ana Maria' by Mariana Feo, 'Don't You Worry
'Bout A Thing' by Victoria BeeBee and 'Tereza Guerreira' and 'Cravo e
Canela' by Valeria Lobao.
A groovy slice of 'Cool Ipanema' - this album is sure to take the latin
dance floors of the world by storm!
project manager Mitch Mitchell adopted a new approach for his latest
album 'The Ipanema Set Volume One' (Part 2 of this wonderful taste of
summer is due out in September 2004). He travelled to Rio De Janeiro to
work with the highly esteemed producer and musician Tomas Improta and a
team of session musicians to record this eleven track album.
Their previous outings (Sangue Latino volumes 1 to 3) have always ouzed
this fresh South American flavour but the inclusion of native
'Cariocas' adds the 'X Factor' which makes this the most appealing and
accessible offering to date.
Mitch has used a fine balance of instrumentation with Tomas Improta on
keys, brother Gabriel on guitar, flautist Andrea Ernst Dias, Jesse do
Nascimento on horns and a hot rhythm section which includes the much in
demand Robertinho Silva on percussion, Alberto Continentino on bass and
drummer Jurim Moreira.
Vocal duties on The Ipanema Set Volume One are shared by two Brazilian
natives, Valeria Lobao and Mariana Feo with English born Victoria
BeeBee adding her charisma on Stevie Wonder's classic 'Don't You Worry
About A Thing' which has an exceptional arrangement with reharmonised
vocals by Vikki. Watch out for the beautiful trumpet solo from Jesse do
The first thing the listener notices on first hearing is the feast of
different Latin styles which are included on the album including the
well known bossa classic from Tom Jobim's pen, 'Waters Of March' sung
exquisitely in English by Mariana Feo and a delightful cover of Milton
Nasciemento's 'Cravo E Canela' sung by Valeria Labao.
Mitch and Tomas have concocted quite a Latin cocktail on The Ipanema
Set with bossa nova, samba, MPB ( Musica Popular Brasileira ) Forro,
Frevos, Choro and even a touch of 'Axé', that fascinating blend
of reggae and samba which features on 'Tago Mago' sung once again by
the lovely Valeria Labao.
The album offers
instant dance appeal with immediately identifiable tracks such as Jorge
Ben's 'Take It Easy My Brother Charles' which is a rhythmic synergy of
Brazil meets the West and synonymous with the great Carmen Miranda who
was one of the forerunners of Brazilians who captured the attention of
the American market back in the forties long before bossa nova had been
'Crickets Sing For Ana Maria' is yet another delightful track written
by Marcos Valle and is so atypical of the samba beat at 'Carnaval in
Rio', that four day extravaganza each February before Lent when
hundreds of thousands of Cariocas and visitors take to the streets with
the pounding samba percussion which offers that spontaneity that is
The mid tempo ballad 'Sei La' sung by Mariana Feo is a free flowing
bossa with simple but melodic instrumentation which offers a panopoly
of articulations which compliment the vocal purity perfectly.
The uptempo 'Te Caliente' is a scat in the George Duke 'Brazilian
Sugar' mould with a driving power horn section which reminds me of
those great Tower Of Power and Seawind Horn sections. This is a track
for the dancefloors and one which will energise even the most redundant
of retired dancing feet.
Once again the Club Brasil project moves into the twenty-first century
with a delivery which has been enhanced by the authenticity of using
local musicians who have this innate talent and sense of rhythm which
is so evident on another great album.