Paquito D’Rivera

Paquito D’Rivera

Brazilian Dreams

Telarc / Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild

Captain Steubing, you’re wanted on the Lido Deck.

Cuban-born alto saxophonist/clarinetist, Paquito D’Rivera has transformed his love of Brazilian Bossa Nova into the perfect Love Boat soundtrack. This is all tropical breezes and malaria-infected amore covered lovingly with a translucent gloss cheesier than feathered hair and butterfly collars. At any minute I was expecting David Birney, Gary Collins, or Jimmie Walker to pop out of the disc to lay the Mack down.

The musicians here, while talented, have drained the life out of the music to go for that swinging arthritic set. The vocal group, New York Voices, who sing throughout the project, put the sourdough into the Manhattan Transfer’s Wonder Bread. It feels as though they got their musical training at Little Miss Manners’ Finishing School. Their diction is just so nice and neat and antiseptic. But everything here seems sanitized and plastic — like a funeral home. Just one synthesizer away from Muzak, Brazilian Dreams can do nothing but bore those of us who are too young to remember where we were when Kennedy was shot.

Telarc: http://www.telarc.com • Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild: http://www.mcgjazz.org

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Recently on Ink 19...

  • The Lyons
    The Lyons

    A man on his deathbed is surrounded by bickering family members, many of which you would strangle him given the chance. In other words: a brilliant comedy!

  • The Reading Room
    The Reading Room

    Today’s episode features author Anna-Marie O’Brien talking about her book Adventures of a Metalhead Librarian: A Rock N’ Roll Memoir with Ink 19’s Rose Petralia.

  • Bush Tetras
    Bush Tetras

    Rhythm and Paranoia (Wharf Cat). Review by Scott Adams.

  • Tom Tom Club
    Tom Tom Club

    The Good The Bad and the Funky (Nacional). Review by Julius C. Lacking.

  • Barnes & Barnes
    Barnes & Barnes

    Pancake Dream (Demented Punk Records). Review by Carl F. Gauze.

  • Jeremiah Lockwood
    Jeremiah Lockwood

    A Great Miracle: Jeremiah Lockwood’s Guitar Soli Chanukah Album (Reboot). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Metallica: The $24.95 Book
    Metallica: The $24.95 Book

    From an underground band that pioneered the thrash metal sound, to arguably the biggest rock act in the new millennium, Metallica has had a long and tumultuous history. Ben Apatoff scours a myriad of sources to catalog this history in his new book.

  • Araceli Lemos
    Araceli Lemos

    Shortly after AFI Fest 2021 wrapped, Generoso spoke at length with director, Araceli Lemos about her award-winning and potent feature debut, Holy Emy. Lemos’s film uses elements of body horror in her story about the exoticization of two Filipina sisters living in Greece and how that exploitation creates a distance between them.

  • Southern Accents 55
    Southern Accents 55

    A woofin’ good time with cuts from Hank Williams, Muddy Waters, Delta Moon and more from KMRD 96.9, Madrid, New Mexico!

  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

    Absurdism with a healthy dose of air conditioning.

From the Archives