JazzTimes - 12/00, p.124
"...Clooney signs, stamps and sends 16 laid-back, lovely postcards....impeccably produced..."
Personnel: Rosemary Clooney (piano); Diana Krall (vocals, piano); John Pizarell (vocals, guitar); Gary Foster (alto & tenor saxophones); Nino Tempo (tenor saxophone); George Graham, Bob Summers (trumpet); Chauncey Welsch (trombone); Steve Kujala, Brian Scanlon, Dave Shostac, Gary Woodward (flute); John Oddo (piano); Oscar Castro-Neves (guitar, background vocals); Chuck Berghofer (bass); Jeff Hamilton, John Ferraro (drums); Walfredo Reyes, Paulinho da Costa (percussion).
Producers: Allen Sviridoff, John Oddo, Leslie Ann Jones.
Recorded at Village Recorders in Los Angeles, California from March 15-18 and March 25, 1999; Capitol Records, Hollywood, California on January 24, 2000. Includes liner notes by Rosemary Clooney.
Personnel: Rosemary Clooney (vocals); Oscar Castro-Neves (vocals, guitar); Diana Krall (vocals, piano); John Pizzarelli (guitar); Gary Woodward, Steve Kujala, David Shostac, Brian Scanlon (flute); Gary Foster (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Nino Tempo (tenor saxophone); George Graham, Bob Summers (trumpet); Chauncey Welsch (trombone); John Oddo (piano); Jeff Hamilton (drums); Paulinho Da Costa, Walfredo Reyes (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Leslie Ann Jones.
Recording information: Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA (03/15/1999-01/02/2000); Village Recorders, Los Angeles, CA (03/15/1999-01/02/2000).
Photographer: William Claxton.
Arrangers: Dick Lieb; John Oddo; Oscar Castro-Neves.
As one of the most loved jazz vocalists, modern jazz heroines, and prolific vocalists, Rosemary Clooney gives a very beautiful and feminine side to Brazilian jazz on Brazil, a sensitive musical feeling of 16 ripe standards. This wonderful collection is dedicated to Antonio Carlos Jobim, Frank Sinatra, and Nelson Riddle through her amazing ambience of sensitive phrasing, lovely nuance, and splendid rhythmic shadings. Rosemary Clooney is joined by the lovely Diana Krall on "Boy from Ipanema" in a stunning vocal duet accompanied by Oscar Castro-Neves on guitar. John Pizzarelli sings "Wave," with the light, airy brilliance of a light kept burning throughout the night, and duets with Clooney on "Desafinado," "One Note Samba," "Let Go," "Dindi," and the reprise of the title track, "Brazil." Together they bring a redefined sensitivity and captivation to these Brazilian standards through their excellent harmony and melodic concepts. The songs included on Brazil display the musical integrity, wisdom, and depth of Rosemary Clooney on songs that have withstood the test of popular culture and time. ~ Paula Edelstein