De Tarde Vendo O Mar: Sounds of Brazil
The smash success of Bebel Gilberto's turn-of-the-century hit Tanto Tempo would lead many to believe that she was an overnight success. But this recording, released in Japan in 1991 and available now for the first time in the U.S., highlights her smooth, Sade-like sound. Joined by the legendary Brazilian bassist Luisão Maia, this project puts Gilberto's cool contralto in more traditional bossa-nova-style settings with synthesized string arrangements. The result is a snappy, Creed Taylor-sounding CD. The best selections are the title track, the "One Note Samba" syncopated composition "Amor Unilateral," and "Quando o Ceu Nao Estava Azul," which includes a silky Stan Getz-style tenor sax solo. Think of this recording as Bebel Gilberto's syncopated first draft. --Eugene Holley, Jr.