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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.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Play List

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