Musical Playlist #3: Chill Brazil

Chill Brazil 2

Chill Brazil 2


I happened to pick up a 2-CD collection called Chill Brazil Vol. 2 on a whim and I have not regretted it.

The Chill Brazil collection features Brazilian music, in particular musica popular Brasil (MPB), Brazilian jazz-fusion and older Bossa Nova songs.  It's a good compilation for those of us who love Brazilian music but may not be as familiar with all of its genres and musicians. So far, there are five volumes and I am looking to complete my collection soon.

On this particular set, I was pleased to hear classics I love like: Mas Que Nada, 'S Wonderful, She's A Carioca alongside more modern songs Tamborim, Cuica, Ganza E Berimbau by Azymuth.  (A fantastic song that is pretty hypnotic and addictive and was recorded in the late 1970s.)

Artists featured on this compilation include: Tom Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Milton Nascimento, Hermeto Pascoal, Gilberto Gil, Bebel Gilberto, Kaleidoscopio, Preta Gil, Sonia Rosa, Tania Maya, and Zuco 103 etc.

Here are a few of my favorites.  Listen to and enjoy.  If you really like it, I suggest you buy your own copy.

Tamborim, Cuica, Ganza E Berimbau by Azymuth

I can't even describe how much I really like this one.  They sing the chorus repeatedly in an urgent and yet melodic manner.  You can't help but want to move to this one.

Sem Complicacao and Ceu Lilas by Ramatis Feat. Rose Max

Great songs.  The first one is another hypnotic song that makes you want to dance.  I was immediately swept away by this tune.  Can't say enough about this one.  The second song is more haunting and melodic.  Both are great collaborations.

Demoro by Joyce

A lyrical and almost haunting tune.  Her voice sounds like an instrument and the combination of drums and lilting guitars is very soothing.

Up, Up and Away and Maracatu Atomico by Osmar Milito

The chorus is "up, up, and away, my beautiful" and it makes me think of flying in a hot air balloon for some reason.  I guess because its sound is so pleasant and makes me think of escaping from every day life.  Maracatu Atomico  has a funkier jazz feel to it, but provides a glimpse into another realm nonetheless.

Triste by Joao Gilberto

What I love most about this song is the voice of Joao Gilberto.  His tone and the way he sings blends so perfectly with the music.  He is considered the father of the Bossa Nova, having created that sound and I can clearly hear why on this song.

Drum 'N Bosa by In Soul

Before purchasing this collection, I'd heard this song on the radio before.  It was played on the old smooth jazz station, CD 101.9.  Love it.  Makes me think of driving around town.  I would always blast CD 101.9 when I was driving around the city.

Crickets Sing For Ana Maria by Marcos Valle

A blaring horn and background that sounds indeed like crickets singing makes me want to jam to this one.  It sounds like a bit of old latin jazz fused with a modern sound.

Tudo Por Acaso by Tania Maya

Is a modern song that easily reminds me of Sade and other smooth jazzy singers, although it is sung in Portuguese.  Sounds like the perfect blend of latin jazz, musica popular and even hints of R&B.  Very sexy.  Not sure what's she's saying but it sounds romantic or at least about a relationship.

Espelhos D'Agua and Precisando De Amor by Preta Gil

Both are modern songs that reminds me of a smooth jazz-R&B song with a latin twist.  I can see that some of our American artists are influenced by Brazilian and other Latin rhythms.  I also love Preta Gil's voice and will be looking for more of her stuff.  Another song by her is featured on this collection as well, .

So Nice by Bebel Gilberto

So Nice is about wanting a love of your own and sharing your life with them.  She has a beautiful voice and as a romantic, I could totally relate to this little gem.  I'm not sure if it is a remake but it sounds like a classic song.

Quem Te Viu, Quiem Te Ve by Sonia Rosa

I think this is my second favorite song of this collection.  I love everything about it: her voice, the bossa nova rhythm, the horns etc.  I've also included a version of this song by Gal Costa in this playlist.

Enjoy the sounds of Brazil...Until next time.