Nouvelle Serie

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The group Nouvelle Cuisine brings a refreshing interpretation for classic songs of the Brazilian tradition, old and new. Extremely influenced by jazz music, the instrumental aspect is carefully managed because all the group's musicians are extremely competent. Of course, to be a perfectionist, one may wish that singer Carlos Fernando digests his Mel Tormé and Anita O'Day, but the overall result is of good quality in any setting, representing a welcomed renovation of Brazilian music. There aren't improvised solos, just a few (not jazzy) lines here and there, as the album is dominated by sung lyrics. The chosen compositions comprise such old samba hits as "Se Você Jurar" (Ismael Silva/Nilton Bastos/Francisco Alves), ballads such as "Você Não Sabe Amar" (Dorival Caymmi/Carlos Guinle/Hugo Lima), standards such as "Stormy Weather" (Arlen/Koehler), samba do morro tunes like "Enredo Do Meu Samba" (Ivone Lara/Jorge Aragão), tropicália tunes such as "Oriente" (Gilberto Gil) and "Festa Imodesta" (Caetano Veloso), bossa nova hits such as "Preciso Aprender A Ser Só" (Marcos Valle/Paulo Sérgio Valle), and an Edu Lobos/Vinícius de Moraes classic, "Canto triste," representing a wide selection of styles, moods, and grooves successfully integrated within the group's identity, together with an excellent taste for choice of repertoire.

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