Vinícius de Moraes / Toquinho / Ornella Vanoni

La Voglia

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Wonderful reissue from an old LP recorded with the sensitive Italian singer Ornala Vanoni together with Brazilian composer/poet/singer Vinícius de Moraes and his partner Toquinho. De Moraes is the composer of most of the lyrics covered in this Italian-sung album. There are fundamental songs here, such as "Sinal Fechado" ("Semaforo Rosso" in the Italian version), a classic by Paulinho Da Viola that was not found in bossa records very often -- there was some animosity between the bossa party and the samba composers of the Carioca hills like Da Viola. It has an exquisite, unique melody, nevertheless. There are also de Moraes partnerships with names such as Jobim and Baden Powell, all splendid songs. The arrangements explore a broad range that goes from intimate voice/guitar dialogues to full rhythm section/string section backing the singers with occasional trombone solos. The chemistry blending the three voices works perfectly in a highly emotional encounter.

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