I also love Brazilian jazz, from the Bossa Nova of the late fifties and sixties (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz, João Gilberto, Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66, and the heavenly-voiced Astrud Gilberto)…
The beauty of Brazilian jazz is that, even though you may not understand a lick of Portuguese, it’s such an exquisite language that you end up listening to the artist’s voice as an instrument instead of hanging on the actual lyrics. One of my very favorite Brazilian singers is Djavan.
He is, without question, a worldwide superstar. I was listening to his music this weekend as well. My all-time best cut of his (and that’s a reach, because he’s splendid on so many levels) is a tune called “Samurai” that featured Stevie Wonder on harmonica, from the album Luz, released in 1982.
Here’s a live version, sans Stevie, just because. It’s still a bad ass groove, no matter what. Check out how the audience goes wild the moment he opens his mouth and they ultimately sing along.
*Juan G., maybe now you understand why, on those rare occasions when I do drink, I prefer, love, and can make a mean caipirinha. That also explains why I took to Ceiba like a duck to an empanada the very first time you took me there.
**Alright, I’ll leave y’all alone with the music for today. I know I can get a bit carried away. But we share because we love. That’s what The Lo Zone is all about.