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Bossa Nova Soul Samba by Ike Quebec

Recorded during the rising popularity of bossa nova in the United States in 1962. Many jazz artists jumped on board incorporating songs by Jobim, Valle, Bonfa and Gilberto in their repertoires. The musicians here are more than competent to stand the test. It is an authentically compelling set that retains its jazz element and combines the best of both. The compositions in this session are short for jazz outings, but very much the average length of Brazilian bossa/samba. All of the tunes are not Brazilian, but sound as though straight from its soil. Quebec’s tenor warmly covers the melodies as Brazilian vocalists are known to do. Burrell’s guitar stirs the blend, complimenting Quebec in a soulful interplay as only he can. Supplying the rhythms are Willie Bobo and Garvin Masseaux, who obviously have an understanding of what’s required in this musical genre. Pay particular attention to "Loie," a haunting bossa melody written by Burrell who provides expert accompaniment to Quebec’s lusty tones. The majority of this disc follows suit with "Lloro Tu Despedida," "Linda Flor," and "Favela." "Blue Samba" is a deviation in that it’s more blues than Brazil, a slower sultry rhythm on top with a Latin undercurrent. "Me ‘n You," "Goin’ Home," and "Liebestraum" are English and German titles respectively, but clearly stick to the Brazilian formula.This is quite a different outing for these masters, but the performances are convincing. Though part of a trend, this session does not exploit the beauty of the samba. The intent here is a fine tribute to an influential music form.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Ike Quebec
  • CD Title: Bossa Nova Soul Samba
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 1962
  • Record Label: Unknown
  • Rating: Four Stars
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