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Sarah Vaughan – Brazilian Romance

The 1987 album Brazilian Romance offers very much more than the traditional laidback bossa nova of Brazil. Sarah Vaughan is joined by an array of distinguished musicians – George Duke on keyboards, Alphonso Johnson on bass, and Paulinho Da Costa on percussion to name but a few – that all help make this album one that stands out from the crowd.

CD Jacket for Brazilian Romance

The 10 songs are beautifully arranged and sung, but one song in particular, for me, shines above the rest. Nothing Will Be As It Was has been covered by several vocalists and arranged in various styles, but nowhere have I heard such an electrifying arrangement and performance as the one found on this album. From the outset the intricate rhythm of the acoustic guitar and congas serve to introduce a track full of energy, with Ernie Watts’ alto sax playing ensuring the energy level remains high to the very end. As the song fades you are left wanting to hear more.

In spite of this being the last full album she recorded, Sarah Vaughan is at her very best and sings, as always, beautifully.

The example below is the opening of Nothing Will Be As It Was – in Portugese Nada SerĂ¡ Como Antes – composed by Milton Nascimento, Ronaldo Bastos, and Rene Vincent.

 


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A relaxing Smooth Jazz CD. Listen to extracts of all 12 tracks now.

 

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