Monday, August 20, 2007

Walter Wanderley - Moondreams

Walter Wanderley - Moondreams
Label - A&M/CTI (Japan)
Released - 1969
Style - Jazz, Bossa Nova, Brazil, Funk, Lee Library

(From Dusty Groove):
Walter Wanderley opens up wonderfully on both organ and electric harpsichord here -- going for a very different sound than on his earlier records, and with plenty of great late 60s CTI touches! The music is as heavenly as you might guess from the title -- a dreamy recasting of Brazilian bossa modes with some of the sunnier 60s touches of the A&M scene -- all wrapped together with impeccable arrangements both from Deodato and Wanderley himself. The record mixes a bit of strings with a sweet chorus of flutes and just a bit of trumpet -- all undercut by some snapping rhythms that include a bit of percussion from Airto, plus occasional chorus vocals sung by Flora Purim and Stella Stevens! The mix of players, modes and sounds here is really wonderful -- and makes for a unique album that propels the older 60s bossa sound firmly towards the more sophisticated modes of the 70s -- all at a level that Wanderley never hit again in the studio! Titles include great versions of Marcos Valle's "Proton, Electron, Neutron", Egberto Gismonti's "O Sonho (Moondreams)", Luiz Gonzaga's "Asa Branca", and Young-Holt Unlimited's classic "Soulful Strut" -- plus "Penha", "L'Amore Dice Ciao", "5:30 Plane", and "Mirror Of Love".

1. Asa Branca
2. L'amore Dice Ciao
3. Penha
4. One Of The Nicer Things
5. Proton, Electron, Neutron
6. 5:30 Plane
7. Soulful Strut
8. Moondreams
9. Jackie, All
10. Mirror Of Love


1 comment:

Zorn said...

Good afternoon!

Restore, please, this remarkable album.
It is thankful in advance!

Alexander from Russia