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The Ipanemas Que Beleza
The Ipanemas - Que Beleza
Majestic New Recording From Original Afro-Brazilian Kings
(CD/LP) Far Out Recordings FARO151CD, 2010-06-07

Brazil's greatest Afro-bossa band conjure up wickedly rich and charm laden vintage sambas on this fifth recording for Far Out. Three generations of Rio de Janeiro musicians combine to evoke a nostalgic and raw tribute to their diverse musical city. Wilson Das Neves' crooning, melancholic notes combine with special guest diva Aurea Martins' hypnotic vocal while glorious trombone and afro percussion add to the deep pleasures. Five decades after Brazilian music was transformed with cult debut 'Os Ipanemas' Das Neves and the Ipanemas return to honour the memory of genius guitarist Neco in the only way they know - playing samba from the heart.

The Ipanemas Que Beleza
The Ipanemas - Que Beleza
Majestic New Recording From Original Afro-Brazilian Kings
(CD/LP) Far Out Recordings FARO151CD, 2010-06-07

Tracklisting :
01. Que Beleza de Nega
02. A Cara Dele
03. Euê ô
04. Espelho d'Água
05. Olhando Três
06. Festa Indigesta
07. Lembranças
08. Nega E Kota
09. Passa o Ponto
10. Traz Um Presente Pra Mim
11. Eparrei

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Press Release :
"A little sensation" Rolling Stone
"Music as good as Buena Vista Social Club" GQ
"Those BVSC comparisons really aren't so far-fetched" The Times
"Funkiest trombone outside James Brown records" Independent
"The perfect background to late night seduction" MOJO
"Legends" Maxim

Brazil's greatest Afro-bossa band conjure up wickedly rich and charm laden vintage sambas on this fifth recording for Far Out. Three generations of Rio de Janeiro musicians combine to evoke a nostalgic and raw tribute to their diverse musical city. Wilson Das Neves' crooning, melancholic notes combine with special guest diva Aurea Martins' hypnotic vocal while glorious trombone and afro percussion add to the deep pleasures. Five decades after Brazilian music was transformed with cult debut 'Os Ipanemas' Das Neves and the Ipanemas return to honour the memory of genius guitarist Neco in the only way they know - playing samba from the heart.

Wilson Das Neves isn't shy, nor is he retiring. 75 years old and Rio de Janeiro's unassuming gentleman of afro-Brazilian music continues to play the music that is part of his makeup. With that instantly recognisable sung samba purr band leader Das Neves has been playing samba for nigh on sixty years and 'Que Beleza' (that beauty) is a culmination of a lifetimes' work: vintage brassy samba to big-band jazz, mesmerising ritual Afro-Brazilian Candomble to playful bossa. With what may well be their last post the Ipanemas have made an album of truly heart slowing beauty.

Along with Wilson's vocal and Conti's drumming it's the trombone that defines the Ipanemas sound. Vitor Santos is regarded as one of Brazil's finest horn players in Brazilian music, which is clear the instant his first notes breeze out in opener 'Que Beleza de Nega'. With the deep bass of Jorge Helder, stunning arrangements, intricate song writing, and magical layered musicianship 'Que Beleza' is a quality record that stands alongside their previous work. The addition of lady crooner Áurea Martins has added yet more Brazilian musical heritage to the band. Martins brings a vocal full of life and a serious roots edge to four tracks on the album in memorable back and forth duets with Wilson including standouts 'Festa Indigesta', 'Lembranças', and heavy, warped Afro closer 'Eparrei'.

The cult 1963 debut 'Os Ipanemas' is as important to Brazilian music as any other - the combination of rich African heaviness and tight Latin grooves helped to revolutionise often previously conservative Brazilian music. Over the intervening decades Wilson pursued a solo recording career while he and Neco recorded with all the greats including Tom Jobim, Ed Lincoln, Wilson Simonal, Jorge Ben, Michael Legrand, Roberto Carlos and Chico Buarque. In 1999 Davis and Azymuth drummer Ivan 'Mamao' Conti (who regards Das Neves as his first teacher) tracked down Das Neves and later Neco and set about recording the second Ipanemas album 35 years after the first. The label's 50th recording would be known as 'The Return of The Ipanemas' - the modern day Rio super group of the Ipanemas was born.

Following three more hugely successful recordings 'Afro Bossa', 'Samba is Our Gift', and 2008's 'Call of the Gods' the Ipanemas has become a renowned three generational band that runs from Wilson's '40s and '50s samba upbringing right through to Ivan Conti's 25-year-old percussionist son Thiago, who grew up listening to Wilson. It's a story that needs to be told, but more importantly heard. Neco was a complete recording artist - when he died, before this recording, he took a half-century of Brazilian music history with him, making Wilson Das Neves and Ivan Conti's continued creative output even more important. No-one else could possibly replicate the unique music they make.

Originally planned as a one off Os Ipanemas LP and show just for the love of playing in 1963, Wilson Das Neves has instead carried the name forward to the point of six albums in 48 years and five for Far Out Recordings. The Ipanemas have rarely sounded better.
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