Jazz Moods – Twilight in Rio
Twilight in Rio is a compilation of tracks from Concord Records by Brazilian artists and other artists inspired by Brazil. All the artists are competent musicians, but the music gives a feeling of being on a cruise ship or sitting in a casino bar. There’s nothing very special about any of it.
There are two artists that I enjoyed, singers Tania Maria and Karrin Allyson, and am curious to hear other material by them. In regards to the rest of the disc, the other artists didn’t do anything to distinguish themselves to my ears.
I found the producer’s song selection odd because they don’t give the listener a chance to fairly assess the artist. None of the five Antonio Carlos Jobim covers are in the same league with the originals. While that’s not fair to compare to them to such a gifted artist as Jobim, it’s all I have to go on, and since Charlie Byrd performs two of the covers, he’s asking for the comparison. The artists would have been bettered served if original compositions had been selected.
The liner notes are confusing because they don’t provide much information. The artists are listed as well as the songwriters, but if I had liked the music, I wouldn’t know what to choose next. I’m not sure what albums any of the material, all of which has been previously released, comes from, nor do I know if some songs are old or new. Of course, new is a relative term because 1999 is the last year any of the tracks were created, so the music doesn’t reflect the current state of Brazilian music. The work is put on the consumer, defeating the purpose of the disc, which is trying to get you interested in the artists, but what once you’re interested, then what?
The disc is not bad, but it’s just not good either, and life is too short to waste on average music. I can’t recommend this CD, but I can suggest the two artists mentioned above: Tania Maria and Karrin Allyson.