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Acid Jazz Playlist, May 31, 2014


The Brazil Connection

It's the brainchild of music producers Frank and Christian Berman. The brothers used original multi-track masters and an all-new, state-of-the-art separation technology to extract the classic vocal performances. Once in hand, they melded the newly isolated vocals with brand-new, authentically arranged backing tracks from an all-star cast of Brazilian musical pioneers from the bossa nova and samba genres, including Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Roberto Menescal and Brazilian musical legend, Marcos Valle.

Marvin Gaye Remembered

by Gary G. Vercelli
Back in 1983 I was shooting a lot of pool, playing at least two hours a day. One Sunday in February, I drove over to a friend’s house to purchase a used cue. 

When I arrived, my friend, Cal, welcomed me into his living room. The television set was on in an adjacent room. The NBA all-star game was about to begin, but we were focused on discussing nine-ball. As we negotiated a price on the cue, I heard the national anthem sung in a way I never heard before. 

Both Cal and I were drawn into that adjacent room by Marvin Gaye’s gospel-tinged soulful rendition of a song he totally transformed. He illuminated the anthem, drawing all in attendance to clap along with the final bars. Both Cal and I felt we had just witnessed something magical. Gaye stylized the anthem in a sensual yet spiritual way. 

Years later, I read an article stating a drugged-fueled Gaye showed up only minutes before the live broadcast, handing a cassette tape with a drum machine rhythm track to the event’s producer. As they popped it in the deck it sounded a lot like “Sexual Healing,” until Gaye’s voice transformed it. While Gaye’s tardiness must have given all responsible for the broadcast ulcers, the final result was a moment we’ll all remember fondly. A year later, Marvin Gaye was shot dead by his own father, just shy of his 45th birthday, April 1st, 1984.


Marvin Gaye With Studio Rio: Sexual Healing BUY from Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection
Marvin Gaye: It's A Desperate Situation BUY from Love Starved Heart-Expanded Edition
Marvin Gaye: Dark Side Of The World BUY from Love Starved Heart-Expanded Edition
Bill Withers With Studio Rio: Lovely Day BUY from Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection
Marcos Valle: Parab (Danca Do Daniel) BUY from Contrasts
The Brand New Heavies: Addicted BUY from Forward
Spam Allstars: Campanario 64 BUY from Introducing Spam Allstars
Boogaloo Assassins: Evil Ways (Instrumental) BUY from Old Love Dies Hard
Mocean Worker: My Own Little World (feat. Lyrics Born & Mindi Abair) BUY from Candygram For Mowo!
Sly & The Family Stone With Studio Rio: Family Affair BUY from Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection
Monophonics: There's A Riot Going On BUY from In Your Brain
Sly & The Family Stone: Hot Fun In The Summertime BUY from Playlist: The Very Best Of Sly & The Family Stone
McCoy Tyner: Mode To John (Soil & Pimp Sessions Remix) BUY from Blue Note Street
Greyboy: Hold It Down (feat. Muddie) BUY from 15 Years Of West Coast Cool
Jazzanova: I Can See (feat. Ben Westbeech) BUY from Of All The Things
Rosalia De Souza: Onde Anda O Meu Amor (Fedreghini & Bianchi Remix) BUY from Break N' Bossa: Chapter 8
Jazzanova: Gafiera (feat. Pedro Martins & Azymuth) BUY from Of All The Things
Us3: How 'Bout It Baby? BUY from Say What!?
Bahama Soul Club: King's Wig BUY from Bossa Nova Just Smells Funky
Cal Tjader & Eddie Palmieri: Modesty ("Modesty Blaise" Theme) BUY from Espresso! Espresso!
Mark Murphy (Nicola Conte): Stolen Moments (Midnight Mood Rework) BUY from The Modern Sound Of Nicola Conte
Underbelly: Packin' Up BUY from Seven Feet Under
Shawn Lee: Some People BUY from Soul Visa
Lorenzo Tucci: The Sky (feat. Alice Ricciardi) BUY from Touch
Bei Bei & Shawn Lee: Hot Thursday BUY from Into the Wind
Medeski Martin & Wood: Hey-Hee-Hi-Ho (Illyb Remix) BUY from Note Bleu: The Best Of The Blue Note Years 1998-2005
Marcos Valle: Power Ride BUY from Far Out Jazz & Afro Funk

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